Do you have an innovative idea within Sustainable nutrition – applications to Greenhouse idea accelerator are accepted until March 31.

Invitation by Lantmännen in co-operation with Urban Mill: 

How can we challenge the way we produce and eat food to resolve two of the world’s most urgent problems: climate change and increasing health issues?

We are facing major challenges, both in terms of the way we produce food and how we consume it. Our planet must feed a growing population, and at the same time sustainability challenges and health problems related to the food we put on our plates are increasing globally. A development that we at Lantmännen are convinced that we can change. Together.

Do you have fresh insight on sustainable nutrition to complement our expertise? An excellent idea for a new plant-based product? An unexplored solution for using manufacturing process sidestreams adding value to more healthier products? Maybe a business model to change consumer behavior towards more sustainable way? Or maybe a breakthrough insight for oat or wholegrain?  

Take the chance and apply to the Greenhouse now! Application period ends 31st of March 2021.

More information: http://www.lantmannen.com/research-and-innovation/The-greenhouse/

Invitation to online Synbio talk on Thursday March 25th, 2021: IGEM, Driving Innovation in Synthetic Biology

Invitation from Urban Mill’s partner network

An event for students, researchers, entrepreneurs, and companies interested in learning more about International Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM Foundation), their portfolio of projects in the Nordics, and possible pathways for future collaboration in the field of synthetic biology.

Time & Location
25 Mar, 14:00 – 15:30 EET
Online Event

You are warmly welcome to our second Synbio Talk! – an event series taking place every month where we talk about different topics related to synthetic biology. Our aim with these events is to build a stronger synbio community in Finland and beyond as well as to strengthen collaboration networks in the field of synthetic biology.

For this Synbio Talk taking place on Thursday, March 25th at 14:00 (EET), we will introduce IGEM and present some of the projects disseminated in the Nordics during the last couple years as part of the IGEM Competition. This is a perfect opportunity for students in Finland interested in opening up IGEM teams at their universities and for companies or individuals looking to collaborate with students in the field of synthetic biology.

AGENDA:

14:00 – 14:10   Welcome and Synbio Powerhouse News
Manuel Arias, Interdisciplinary Researcher at VTT

14:10 – 15:00   IGEM – What is it, how it works, and project portfolio in the Nordics Capon Lamelas, iGEM Alliance Project Manager and Regional Head (EMEA) at iGEM EPIC

15:00 – 15:20   Q&A

15:20 – 15:30   Wrap-up

REGISTRATION HERE:

https://www.synbio.fi/event-details/synbio-talks-igem-driving-innovation-in-synthetic-biology

For any questions regarding the event you can contact Manuel Arias from Synbio Powerhouse.

Kind regards,

Manuel Arias and Tuula Palmén – Synbio Powerhouse

Feel free to share this invitation with those among your network who might also be interested in attending.

Do you have an innovative idea within Sustainable nutrition – apply to Greenhouse idea accelerator program!

Announcement from our partner network

We are looking for ideas in a wide range within Sustainable nutrition:

Do you have fresh insight on sustainable nutrition to complement our expertise? An excellent idea for a new plant-based product? An unexplored solution for using manufacturing process side streams adding value to healthier products? Maybe a business model to change consumer behavior towards more sustainable way? Or maybe a breakthrough insight for oat or wholegrain? Or…

Apply now to Lantmännen Greenhouse idea accelerator program – application time is until March 31st!

Want to hear more and meet our Greenhouse crew? Join the digital info session in Teams:

  • 4.3.2021 at 9-10 CET or
  • 10.3.2021 at 11-12 CET

Send e-mail to greenhouse@lantmannen.com to join the info!

The theme of this year’s Greenhouse program is Sustainable nutrition. How can we challenge the way we produce and eat food to resolve two of the world’s most urgent problems: climate change and increasing health issues?

The Greenhouse is Lantmännen’s accelerator focused on innovations within food and agriculture – from field to fork. We support up-and-coming entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs and help them turn their ideas into profitable and sustainable long-term businesses. The program consist of six digital workshops and project team work in May-June. All the Greenhouse workshops in 2021 will be digital, so you will be able join from anywhere in the world. The program culminates in Dragons’ Den with Lantmännen top management in September.

The program has been organized since 2014 with the total of 79 projects, and this year’s program being already the 11th. Participating in the program is free of charge. As an entrepreneur, you will keep all intellectual property rights to your ideas when you join The Greenhouse. In the program we are using Microsoft Teams as the collaboration platform, complemented with other digital tools. Recommended project team is 2-4 persons.

Learn more and apply In Lantmännen Greenhouse website: https://www.lantmannen.com/research-and-innovation/The-greenhouse/

Important dates and facts:

  • 31.3.: application period closes
  • 16.4.: project selection
  • May-June: six digital workshop days and project team work
  • 24.8. and 31.8.: preparing for Dragons’ Den
  • Beginning of September: Dragons’ Den with Lantmännen top management

The team behind the Greenhouse

Lantmännen’s Greenhouse is run by Nina Tuomikangas and Jakob Söderström. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or thoughts regarding the Greenhouse!

Nina Tuomikangas, Project Manager Innovation, Lantmännen R&D, +46 10 556 10 56, nina.tuomikangas@lantmannen.com

Jakob Söderström, Innovation Manager, Lantmännen R&D, + 46 10 556 10 59, jakob.soderstrom@lantmannen.com

From Espoo Innovation Garden: Finnish company launches a new solution to prolong the lifecycle of clothes

Lagoom startup team announces:

“The fashion industry is responsible for a significant amount of waste and exhausting resources. The fast-fashion phenomenon not only creates environmental damage and fair trade issues, but also a culture of overbuying and throw-away.

Right now we are working on a start-up – Lagoom App, a collaboration between Tavarapilvi Oy and gaIoTa Oy. We are a multidisciplinary team of people from different cultural backgrounds and professional expertise but we all share a commitment to sustainability. Our core team consists of Aalto University’s students who are passionate about innovation.

As a part of sustainable fashion solution we empower consumers to be more responsible and contribute more to a sustainable lifestyle, we created Lagoom App.

Lagoom.app is a completely new way of recycling clothes securely. The solution enables an easy and clever way of creating one’s own community, making managing, buying and selling clothes straightforward. ”Lagoom is the Tinder of second-hand clothes,” says founder Jaakko Isohanni.

To create impact, we ask for your support to spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested in our app. This will be a tremendous support to our project. We truly appreciate your support and are looking forward to hearing from you!

Please visit our website for further information or contact me via linh.nguyen@lagoom.app if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Linh Nguyen
On behalf of the Lagoom Team”

Read Lagoom’s PRESS RELEASE:
Lue loppuun

Espoon kaupungin kestävän kehityksen paikallisarvio julkaistu!

https://www.espoo.fi/kestavakehitys

Tavoitteena kestävä tulevaisuus

Espoon tavoitteena on olla vastuullinen edelläkävijä. Kestävää tulevaisuutta luodaan yhdessä asukkaiden ja kumppanien kanssa uusilla liikkumisen, energian ja rakentamisen ratkaisuilla, kestävää elämäntapaa tukevassa opetuksessa ja kasvatuksessa, hyvinvointia vahvistavissa kulttuurin, liikunnan sekä sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollon palveluissa ja ylläpitämällä viihtyisää lähiluontoa ja viheralueita.

Espoo tavoittelee hiilineutraaliutta vuoteen 2030 mennessä. Tämä edellyttää merkittäviä muutoksia energiantuotannossa ja -kulutuksessa, liikenteessä ja arjen valinnoissa. Kansainvälisten kestävän kehityksen tavoitteiden edelläkävijänä Espoo etsii ratkaisuja, jotka toimivat esimerkkeinä tulevaisuuden hiilineutraalista elämästä kaupungeissa.

Espoo on myös mukana rakentamassa kestävää Suomea. Se liittyi ensimmäisenä kaupunkina Suomen kestävän kehityksen yhteiskuntasitoumukseen, jonka tavoitteena on luonnon kantokyvyn turvaava, hyvinvoiva ja globaalisti vastuullinen Suomi.

Seuraa työtä somessa: #KestäväEspoo ja #IlmastoEspoo

Lataa Espoon kaupungin kestävän kehityksen paikallisarvio ENG [PDF 35 Mb]

Sustainability news from Aalto University – March 2020

Forwarded to Urban Mill Network:

Here once again the monthly collection of sustainability related news from aalto.fi. Take care of yourself, the people around you and the environment!

Emma Sairanen, ASH Trainee

How are you today?
During these challenging times, it’s important to take care of yourself and your colleagues. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/how-are-you-today

Finnish researchers join forces to investigate the airborne transmission of coronavirus
The project includes fluid dynamics physicists, virologists and biomedical engineering specialists. The researchers are using a supercomputer to carry out 3D modelling and believe that the first results will be obtained in the next few weeks.
https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/finnish-researchers-join-forces-to-investigate-the-airborne-transmission-of-coronavirus

New material developed could help clean energy revolution
Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-material-developed-could-help-clean-energy-revolution

New scanner can improve the detection of cancer tissue and brain disease diagnoses
Researchers aim to have the technology ready for hospital use and commercialisation by the end of next year. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-scanner-can-improve-the-detection-of-cancer-tissue-and-brain-disease-diagnoses

Water knowledge has a central role in the mitigation of climate change
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/water-knowledge-has-a-central-role-in-the-mitigation-of-climate-change

AaltoSDG application development in spring 2020
The AaltoSDG mobile application is actively developed throughout 2020 based on feedback from the users and Aalto community. The goal for the app is to improve visibility of Aalto University’s SDG work as well as engage users to participate in the SDG work by taking human size actions. The next development sprint is starting soon and the next update will be published in May. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/aaltosdg-application-development-in-spring-2020

Not a drop wasted – AaltoCell™ fibres utilised in a new circular economy project
With funding totaling €240 000, the project aims to make more efficient use of food industry side streams. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/not-a-drop-wasted-aaltocelltm-fibres-utilised-in-a-new-circular-economy-project

From birch to poppies –  fabric for Marimekko’s shirt dress
The yarn spun from Ioncell® fibre is stronger than its commercial equivalent and performed excellently in the printing process and washing tests. The chemicals used to make the fibre were completely recycled too. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/from-birch-to-poppies-how-the-fabric-was-created-for-marimekkos-unique-shirt-dress

Capital of the campus nature
Nature enhances the economic value of an area and contributes to the wellbeing of people. Aalto University campus’s natural capital and ecosystem services were mapped in 2019, in a survey prepared by Ramboll Finland Oy. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/capital-of-the-campus-nature

Kutsu etäyhteystapahtumaan 2.4.2020: Miten tehdään muovin suljettu kierto Helsingin seudulla? (muutama paikka vapaana)

Edelleenlähetetty Pääkaupunkiseudun Smart&Clean säätiön kutsu Urban Mill -verkostolle:

Miten kaikki muovi kiertää:
Aika: 2.4. 9.00 – 10.00 Liitythän mukaan jo klo 8.45. Esitykset alkavat klo 9.00
Paikka: Zoom etäyhteys, linkki toimitetaan ilmoittautuneille

Koronatilanteen vuoksi järjestämme tilaisuuden Zoom-etäyhteydellä. Ilmoittaudu mukaan tai vahvista aiempi ilmoittautumisesi alla olevasta linkistä. Zoom-kutsulinkki lähetetään vain ilmoittautuneille.

Pääkaupunkiseudulla vain kuusi prosenttia muovista kiertää uudelleen materiaaliksi. Tavoitteena on nostaa muovijätteen kierrätysaste 60 prosenttiin. Onnistuminen tässä saisi aikaan päästövähenemän, joka vastaa noin 80 000 pääkaupunkilaisen henkilökohtaisia CO2 päästöjä.

Haluatko sinä olla mukana rakentamassa tätä konkreettista muutosta kiertotalouteen?

Tervetuloa aamukahveille kuulemaan lisää kokonaisuudesta ja verkostoitumaan eri toimijoiden kanssa. Teoista ja rooleista keskustelemassa muun muassa Espoon kaupunginjohtaja Jukka Mäkelä, Fortumin Kierrätys- ja jäteliiketoiminnan johtaja Kalle Saarimaa ja Lassila & Tikanojan yhteiskuntasuhdejohtaja Jorma Mikkonen.

Smart & Clean – säätiö on talven aikana kerännyt dataa, analysoinut sitä ja tunnistanut vaikuttavimmat teot muovijätteen vähentämiseen, kierrätyksen lisäämiseen ja uusiomuovituotteiden kysynnän kasvattamiseen. Avainkumppanit ovat sitoutuneet kunnianhimoiseen tavoitteeseen – pakkausmuovin kierrätysaste nostetaan 50 prosenttiin ja muovin kokonaiskierrätysaste 20 prosenttiin vuoteen 2025 mennessä. Tule kuulemaan ja keskustelemaan, miten tämä on mahdollista saavuttaa sekä miten sinä voisit tähän vaikuttavaan työhön osallistua.

Ohjelma:

Miten tehdään systeemisiä ilmastoratkaisuja? Esimerkki: Kaikki muovi kiertää
Iina Oilinki ja Jaana Pelkonen, Smart & Clean -säätiö.

Keskustelu:
Kaikki muovi kiertää: miten toteuttaa vaikuttavat teot – kuka tekee mitä?
Jukka Mäkelä, kaupunginjohtaja Espoo
Kalle Saarimaa, liiketoimintajohtaja Fortum
Jorma Mikkonen, yhteiskuntasuhdejohtaja Lassila & Tikanoja
Loput keskustelijat varmistuvat myöhemmin

Lisätietoja tapahtumasta: Jaana Pelkonen jaana.pelkonen@smartclean.fi tai +358 40 540 9775

Tapahtuman tiedot:
Rekisteröidy: Avoin ilmoittautumislinkki
Tilaisuuden nimi: Miten toteutetaan muovin suljettu kierto
Paikka: Zoom-etäyhteys
Osoite: Zoom-kutsulinkki lähetetään vain ilmoittautuneille
Aika: 2.4.20209:00 – 10:00
Viimeinen ilmoittautumispäivä: 31.3.2020 12:00

Fortum Forward program – for individuals and teams who want to develop an idea to tackle climate change

Fortum is looking for individuals or teams who are capable of driving idea development and are eager to create impactful solutions for a cleaner world.

Wanted: ideas that can tackle climate change can be related for example to Sustainability and resource efficiency, Smart energy solutions, Mobility, but has not to be limited to these.

Fortum Forward is a goal-driven 8-week program that offers the opportunity to create an own startup with Fortum’s support and world-class resources. The application period ends by March 24th.

Read more and apply: www.fortum.com/forward

Photo: Fortum

Apply to Greenhouse idea accelerator program Bread Goes Future – set your ideas free!

Invitation by Lantmännen & Vaasan in co-operation with Urban Mill:

We must re-think our food production, if we want to live off our land in the future. This is what we do at Vaasan and at Lantmännen, a Swedish agricultural cooperative that owns Vaasan. But we need more people who think differently in order to produce tasty and healthy food for our future generations.

Do you have an idea about the future of bread? Do you have fresh insight on oat to complement our expertise? Maybe a way to reduce climate impacts in the bread chain?

Apply now to Greenhouse – together we’ll create the bread innovations of tomorrow!

The Greenhouse consist of six workshops arranged during the spring of 2020, and will culminate in a dragons’ den event in May. The aim is to sharpen raw ideas into complete business cases. Participation in the program is free of charge, you will only need to take care of your travel fees to the workshops arranged in Espoo.

The program is a joint effort by Lantmännen and the bakery company Vaasan – part of Lantmännen Group. Poster Greenhouse – Bread Goes Future.

Read more and apply by February 23rd at lantmannen.com/greenhouse

Program managers:
Emma Nordell
emma.nordell@lantmannen.com
+ 46 70 387 47 82

Jakob Söderström
jakob.soderstrom@lantmannen.com
+ 46 72 221 25 77

Are you an entrepreneur with a good idea that you want help to develop further? Lantmännen’s Greenhouse is an accelerator focused on innovations within food and agriculture – from field to fork. The Greenhouse is established to create an environment to help develop up-and-coming entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs with their business or idea in order to become a profitable and sustainable long-term. Each seed is a startup!

Application form: SmartUp Accelerator 2020 (Smart Consumption)

Are you working on solutions to reduce the environmental impact and resource consumption of the things we do in our daily lives, as part of a startup/SME based in Finland?

Are you working on for example on:

– Sharing economy solutions
– Reducing/eliminating food waste
– Circular economy solutions
– Awareness raising/nudging solutions

Apply to the 2020 edition of the one-of-a-kind SmartUp Accelerator to get help in propelling your business! You’ll receive tailored support from amazing mentors and partners, take part in an expenses-paid bootcamp in Berlin and get connected to potential clients and investors.

Application is open until February 12.