The players in Espoo's innovation ecosystem drive Finland's innovation. Here you can discover the key players that can help you do sustainable business in Espoo and Finland.
"There’s a passion to work together and innovate in Espoo and Finland. To build partnerships and build trust." Neri Friedlaender, Innovation & Partnerships Manager, Daimler AG
Finland's innovation drivers
Aalto University Corporate Relations
Collaboration with Aalto University offers a vantage point to research and an extensive network of experts and future talents. Let’s build a sustainable future together! (Image: Unto Rautio, Aalto University)
Accelerators & incubators
Aalto Startup Center
Aalto Startup Center is a university-based accelerator that houses many different programs for startups. In 2019/20, Aalto Startup Center was ranked as World Top 5 University Business Accelerator by UBI. We offer our services to ESA BIC Finland, EIT Urban Mobility and Helsinki Urban Tech.
EIT Digital Accelerator
EIT Digital Accelerator's European team of business developers and fundraising experts supports digital deep tech companies by raising venture capital and securing customers in European markets.
"For a global company like Beiersdorf, it is essential to be present in all the places where innovation happens. Finland, and especially Espoo, is such a place." Dirk Ploss, Head of Digital Technologies Scouting and Advisory, Beiersdorf.
Finland's flagship initiatives
FinnCERES Materials Bioeconomy Flagship
FinnCERES offers front-row access to new and internationally unique research, the work of top experts, and research infrastructure from laboratory to pilot scale.
Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence – FCAI
FCAI is a community of AI researchers. FCAI collaborates to create wealth and prosperity through research, education, and AI methods that enable analytic data-based decisions.
Smart Otaniemi is a platform for smart city solutions that are both sustainable and commercially successful.
Co-working spaces and innovation platforms
A Grid is a startup hub located in the heart of Aalto University campus. We offer spaces from offices to coworking space options, event venues and meeting rooms.
Health Capital Helsinki
Health Capital Helsinki develops the Greater Helsinki health ecosystem, boosts startups and SMEs to grow, and helps international companies and investors find opportunities. (Image: (c) Keksi Agency via City of Helsinki / communications)
Innovation Home provides modern offices and co-working spaces with the most inspiring business community in Finland. All of the services you need are under one roof.
Startup Sauna is Finland's central hub for the student-run entrepreneurial movement and entities. It also operates as an open co-working space and active event venue.
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