Update: The Games Factory has announced the first Farm League incubator mentors for 2019, which includes top names from the games publishing, investment and production.
Game Studio Incubator, a new Helsinki-based incubator for game studios founded by Games Factory, Baltic Game Industry and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is now accepting applications to join two unique incubator programs.
The first alternative is Remote Baltic Game Incubator (BGI) – a mentoring program fully-funded by the Baltic Game Industry EU project. It’s free-of-charge and includes weekly workshops with experienced professionals and master classes with industry veterans.
Then there’s the Farm League, where participants benefit from day-to-day support, weekly workshops with experienced professionals, master classes with industry veterans, opportunities to do work-for-hire and an active game development community at Games Factory with a network of services, support and shared office space at Games Factory in Helsinki.
“We are looking for committed teams with ambitious but realistic goals, diversity, possibly previous experience in publishing games, at least one ongoing project and a stable funding plan,” says Farm League head Suvi Kiviniemi. “Your start-up can be at a very early stage – we’ve all been there. Both entertainment and serious games are welcome. Program length is tailored, with a minimum of four months. Both English and Finnish speaking teams are welcome.”
The Games Factory has also announced the first Farm League incubator mentors for 2019, which includes top names from games publishing, investment and production:
Mikael Haveri – Head of Self-Publishing at Housemarque
Ari Pulkkinen – Composer & Audio Producer at AriTunes
Kalle Kaivola – Independent Game Director & Consultant at Behind Games and Partner at Sisu Game Ventures
Karoliina Korppoo – Game Producer at Veikkaus
Jyri Partanen – COO at Games Factory
Reidar Walenius – Managing Director at FiBAN
Miikka Lyytikäinen – CEO at Aniway Ltd.
Christopher Hamilton – Producer at IGDA
Anni Tolvanen – Senior Audio Designer at Next Games
Aki Kanerva – Lead Designer and Developer at Virtual Air Guitar Company
Osma Ahvenlampi – Product Lead and Investor at Kyyti and metrify.io
Ashwin Rajan – Founder and Behaviour Design at Fabric Behaviour Design
Milsa Malin – Organization Coach at Flowa
Jukka-Pekka Tolvanen – Business Advisor at NewCo
Gabriele Aimone – Talent Advisor at Helsinki Business Hub
Emilia Hjelm – Technical Product Owner at Elisa
The deadline to apply for both programs is 26 November – submit your application here.
Note: Teams chosen will participate in a second round pitch contest on 11 December at Games Factory, with the selected finalists moving into the incubator after 15 January.
Learn more about the Games Factory here, Baltic Game Industry here and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences here.