AppCampus is a mobile applications accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This is a joint investment between Microsoft and Aalto University to foster mobile application development on Windows Phone and Windows platforms.

To drive innovation and business opportunities in Finland's mobile ecosystem and beyond, Microsoft and Nokia announced an investment of up to 9 million euros each into the "AppCampus" program - a newly established mobile applications development program at Aalto University during the next three years starting from spring 2012. The AppCampus program was set up to foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows Phone and Windows ecosystem to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile startups.

Kicked off in May 2012, AppCampus is led and managed by Aalto University, which has a growing reputation as a hotbed of new startup companies. AppCampus has attracted thousands of application proposals from students and entrepreneurs from all over the world. As of September 2014, over 4000 applications from over 100 countries have been submitted to the program.

Successful applicants have received awards varying from 20.000, 50.000 to 70.000 euros, depending on the complexity of the app. In addition, AppCampus continues to provide training in mobile technology, design and usability, coaching and marketing support. The Windows Phone and Windows Marketplaces offer local and global business opportunities to the program participants via distribution to consumers around the world.

AppCampus doesn't take any equity or commission from the investment. The only requirement is that successful applications are expected to be available exclusively in the Windows Phone or Windows Store for the first 90 days.

Infographic explaining AppCampus in a nutshell