Invitation: Smart Urban Energy – Discover Otaniemi! 10.6.2021


To whom?
– Urban Energy Ecosystem actors
– To accelerate Urban Energy Ecosystems Services uptake
– Strengthen collaboration within and with Otaniemi innovation ecosystem

Join the event to discuss this hot topic together with industry experts, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers. In the event you will also hear some of the latest findings from novel Smart Energy research. The event is free of charge.

Register here:

Smart Urban Energy  Discover Otaniemi!
10.6.2021 at 14:00 – 17:00 (EEST)
Zoom & Howspace



  • Pasi Laitala, Director of Sustainable development at City of Espoo
  • Janne Laine, Vice President, Innovation, at Aalto University
  • Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, Smart industry and energy systems at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Jari Jokinen, CEO, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK


  • CO2 emission reductions with sector coupling of electricity and district heat, Matti Lehtonen, Professor, Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering at Aalto University
  • Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems and Aalto Autonomous Car, Ville Kyrki, Associate Professor, Intelligent Mobile Machines, Aalto University
  • Practical tools to solve the last mile challenge of decarbonisation, Antti Arasto, Vice President, Industrial energy and hydrogen at VTT


  • Helena Sarén, Head of Smart Energy at Business Finland and Chairperson at Nordic Energy Research
  • Ecosystems: from Value Creation to Value Capture, Sari Kola, Entrepreneur and co-author of Ecosystem Handbook,


  • Aalto Works Bloc: low-carbon heating and cooling system, Antti Säynäjoki, Development Manager, Aalto University Campus & Real Estate
  • How to build sustainable and resilient energy networks, Simo Säynevirta, Vice President, Digital Lead, ABB
  • LuxTurrim5G ecosystem for Smart Urban Energy, Juha Salmelin, Ecosystem Leader at Nokia
  • Sustainable Energy Positive & Zero Carbon Communities (SPARCS): Elina Wanne, Development manager, Sustainability, City of Espoo


  • City of Espoo • Tampereen kaupungin kasvupalvelut • Oulu Startup Incubator Oy • EnergyVaasa • Lappeenranta Greenreality


  • Smart Otaniemi 2.0, hosted by Sanna Öörni, Co-Creation Manager at VTT and Tatu Koljonen, Executive in Residence at Aalto University
  • Sustainable City of Espoo – Building ecosystems together, hosted by Mari Päätalo, Development Manager, Sustainability, City of Espoo
  • Aalto EIT Services, hosted by EIT experts and project managers Zoltan Javor and Petri Allekotte
  • Aalto Startup Center’s Ecosystem, Marika Paakkala, Head of Aalto Startup Center 
  • TEK – Community of  Professionals, hosted by Jussi-Pekka Teini, Engineering Sustainability at Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK


  • Introduction by Samuel Cross, Manager for Energy, Aalto Networking Platform
  •  Clean Heat Otaniemi challenge
    • Books like it Hot! Tony Salomaa, M.Sc. student, Aalto University
    • SolarVenue – Heat in the moment, Doctoral student Tero Koivunen, M.Sc. Irina Safonova, and M.Sc. student Abhishek Dahiya, Aalto University
  • Helsinki Energy Challenge – Beyond Fossils, Tomi J. Lindroos, Senior scientist, VTT



FACILITATORS: Sami Kazi, VTT and Elina Wanne, City of Espoo

With this event, free of charge, we want to get you access to new knowledge, practical experiences, contacts and collaboration opportunities. Not to forget new creative insights it may trigger!

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The event is jointly organized by City of Espoo, 6Aika: Ecosystems of Growth-project, Business Espoo, Enter Espoo, Aalto University, Aalto Networking Platform, Aalto Startup Center, Aalto EIT Services, Aalto Design Factory, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Smart Otaniemi, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK, Urban Mill Innovation Platform and CRESCENDO@CC project. Producer: Urban Mill Innovation Platform, Otaniemi, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, 02150 Espoo, Finland.

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Welcome to PdP Product Design Gala 2021 on May 21st

From our partner Aalto Design Factory:

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 21.5.2021 at 9:00-17:00 (EEST)

This year’s gala will be organised as a digital only event. 10 prototypes will be showcased by the student teams. The online platform will open on the Monday 10th of May, while the gala itself will be held on Friday 21st of May.

What does this mean?

Well having the platform open well in advance allows visitors to see what presentations, project booths and other activities there are on the platform. You will be able to see all of our students, their profiles, their expertise and which project they belong to. This way visitors can preplan their Gala Day schedule have more effective use of their time.

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For 24 years, PDP has brought students of business, design, technology, and science together to tackle industry challenges and develop state of the art solutions to real industry problems. At the Product Design Gala 2021, you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome projects.

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Wappua 2021 ei ole peruttu!

Aalto-yliopiston ylioppilaskunta AYY ilmoittaa, että riemukkain ja riehakkain aika vuodesta on täällä! 

”Vaikka emme pääsekään juhlimaan wappua fyysisesti yhdessä perinteiseen tapaan, on wappu ainutlaatuista ja perinteikästä aikaa Aalto-yhteisössä. Juhlikaamme opiskelijayhteisöä, tulevaa kesää ja ilon juhlaa! Kokoontukaamme etätapahtumiin, pukekaamme haalarit päälle niin kotona kuin lenkkipolulla ja painakaamme lakit päähän aattona.”

Tutustu Otaniemen wapun tapahtumakirjoon AYY:n wirallisella wappusivustolla:

Urban Millin väki toivottaa tämän kuvan kera Hauskaa Wappua kaikille!

Kuva ja kuvankäsittely: Lars Miikki

Startup Grind: Virtual Fireside Chat with Angel Investor, Reima Linnanvirta 31st March 2021

Invitation from our partner network

WHAT: Virtual Fireside Chat with Angel Investor, Reima Linnanvirta
WHEN: Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 5:00 pm (EEST)
WHERE:The event is FREE and can be joined ONLINE
HOW: Register to join


As a startup, you might be wondering:
– How does Angel Investing work?
– What does an Angel investor look out for in startups?
– What metrics are important and how can you attract a great Angel Investor to your startup?

We will be hosting Reima Linnanvirta who will be sharing his experience as an Angel Investor.

Reima Linnanvirta is an angel investor and chairman of the board at the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN). He invests in early-stage startups, especially in B2B software and SaaS. With over 20 companies in the portfolio, including Cambri, Innovestor, and OGOship. He recently made his latest exit with which was sold to Kahoot!

Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup programpartnerships, and online media + content – collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide. For more information:

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.


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


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 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:

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,

Jakob Söderström, Innovation Manager, Lantmännen R&D, + 46 10 556 10 59,

From connective to collective actions: Collective physical support emerged from self-organized local virtual groups during the COVID pandemic in Belarus!

Blog for Urban Mill by Aliaksei Zanouski 30.12.2020, heading and subheadings by Urban Mill.

March for freedom in Minsk, Belarus. 16 August 2020. photo: Alyaksandr Vasyukovich / /

”My name is Aliaksei Zanouski. I am an architect and a student at the Urban Studies and Planning master program at Aalto University. During Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days in December 2020, I had an interesting and fruitful discussion with Lars Miikki, co-founder and co-producer at Urban Mill. This occasional meeting reminded me of importance to be in the same space for networking and how casual small talk leads to an interesting discussion. I want to share with you some highlights of our conversation.”

Connective individual actions through social media networks

Poster “Structures don’t take to the streets” Minsk, Belarus. 27 September 2020. photo: Facebook post

In August as a response on fraudulent elections mass protests swept across Belarus demanding democracy and end of the 26-year authoritarian rule of Alexander Lukashenko. Despite a shocking amount of violence used against peaceful demonstrators, protests keep going since August. Media write a lot about Belarus recently. However, what is missing from international media coverage is an inner dynamic of the uprising which could be interesting to those who are interested in urbanity.

Like many other recent social movements uprising in Belarus could be categorized as a connective action. Coordination almost absent, the role of political parties and structures wasn’t significant. The movement was based on personalized content sharing across social media networks. Leaderless action without a defined political structure seems more sustainable against the repressive machine in a short term. Nevertheless, in most cases we know, connective action cannot sustain in a long run. Movements built on a mostly virtual ‘weak tie’ networks failing to get offline and build their own political structures. Is it the case in Belarus?

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Site-specific circus laboratory at Urban Mill

Elbow Room Lab, a site-specific circus laboratory took place in Espoo on December 10th-12th.

This 2nd edition was organized by Ilmatila association in collaboration with Urban Mill Innovation Platform. Because of the current COVID-19 situation, the amount of participants was reduced and the final presentations were only shown for the other participants of the workshop.

The first edition of Elbow Room Lab in 2019 was aimed at circus performers specializing in aerial work, in 2020 the emphasis was in facilitating meetings with circus performers and artists from different art forms.

Participants in 2020:
Antye Greie-Ripatti/AGF (East Germany), sound sculptress
Merja Pöyhönen (Finland), puppeteer
Saana Leppänen/Circus Sabok (Finland), circus performer
Kert Ridaste/Circus Sabok (Estonia), circus performer
Ghia Lumia (Finland), circus performer
Ilona Jäntti/Ilmatila (Finland), circus performer
Tuula Jeker/Ilmatila (Finland), architect, animator
Kauri Klemelä (Finland), light design
Inkeri Jäntti (Finland), photography/documentative photography

Images: Inkeri Jäntti


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Kumppaniblogi: Murut ja Urban Mill yhdistivät voimansa kiertotalouden eteen

Kirjoittaja Sara Knuuti on psykologi, Murujen osakas ja henkilöstövastaava.

Urban Mill on Otaniemessä, Aalto-yliopiston kampusalueella sijaitseva yhdessä tekemisen tila, yhteisö ja kiihdyttämöpalvelu urbaania elämää parantaville innovaatioille ja niiden toteuttajille. Kuten olemme aiemmin kertoneet, Murujen osakkaissakin virtaa vahvasti innovatiivista teekkariverta ja Otaniemessä on vietetty kekseliäs hetki, jos toinenkin.

Kun Urban Mill ilmoitti muuttavansa uusiin tiloihin ja järjestävänsä kierrätystempauksen, oli siis selvää, että tässäkin tilanteessa lyötiin yhteistyön hynttyyt yhteen!

”Ihan loistavaa, että erinomaisessa kunnossa olevat tavarat pääsevät hyötykäyttöön niin hienoon tarkoitukseen, kuin espoolaiseen päiväkotiin!”, iloitsee tilapalveluiden tuottaja Lars Miikki.

Otaniemen kierrätyskeskus antoi meille arvokasta apua tempauksen järjestelyissä.”

Urban Mill toteutti kiertotaloutta parhaimmillaan: pääaatteena toimi toive siitä, että tavaroille löytyisi uusi elämä ja käyttötarkoitus. Oli suuri yhteinen ilonaihe, että päiväkodin lapset voisivat hyötyä tavaroiden kierrätyksestä.

Kiertotalouden päätavoitteena on löytää tavaroille uusi elämä ja käyttötarkoitus – maksu omatunnon mukaan

Erilaiset tilanjakajat nähdään nykypedagogiikassa ratkaisun avaimina moniin tarkoituksiin

Nopeasti ajatellen voisi ihmetellä, kuinka aikuisten toimistotavarat voisivat kotiutua lasten käyttöön. Aikuisten ja lasten työskentelytavoissa on kuitenkin pitkälti samat vaatimukset. Esimerkiksi toimiston tilanjakajat pääsevät nyt jatkamaan elämäänsä palvellen monenlaista pienryhmätyöskentelyä, opetuksen eriyttämistä, oman keskittymistilan löytämistä ja äänimaailman rauhoittamista. Ja mitä kaikkia ihania taideteoksia niihin tullaankaan vielä kiinnittämään!

Muruissa jokaiselle lapselle rakennetaan varhaiskasvatuksen prosessin aikana omaa kansiota, johon kootaan merkittäviä taideteoksia ja kehityksen virstanpylväitä. Kuukausittaisilla perheaamiaisilla juuri näiden kansioiden esittely perheenjäsenille on lasten merkittävimpiä hetkiä.

Onneksi riuskat osakkaat toimittavat Urban Millin lahjoitukset yhä uusien lasten kansioiden säilytystä varten perille uuteen kotiinsa.

Tervetuloa mukaan Murujen perheeseen! Näiden tuolien ja pöytien äärellä tullaan viettämään monen monituista askarteluhetkeä ja tärkeää yhteistyön jutustelua perheiden kanssa!

Riuskat osakkaat, aina valmiina uusiin projekteihin!

Uusia perheitä mahtuu meille Muruihin mukaan. Lisäksi meillä haetaan juuri nyt myös varhaiskasvatuksen opettajia.

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Get furniture and useful supplies from Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days!

When: 15.12.2020 12:00-18:00 and 16.12.2020 12:00-18:00
Where: Urban Mill Innovation Platform, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo (Otaniemi)
Organizers: Urban Mill and Otaniemi Recycling Center

After nearly eight great years in our current location at the campus, Urban Mill is relocating to new location(s) within Otaniemi to serve you even better in the digitalizing world. We have since the summer been developing a new hybrid service concept serving the whole Otaniemi RDI ecosystem.

As we are moving from our current facilities at the end of the year, we have a lot of furniture, kitchenware, office supplies, books, equipment, various materials, decorations, etc. which we would like to recycle within the Otaniemi community: students, residents, startups, employees and other friends of our creative community.

Urban Mill’s Otaniemi recycling days will be held on Tue 15th and Wed 16th, December 2020. Our doors are open from 12.00 to 18.00 on both of the days.

You have now a great opportunity to find recycled furniture etc. for your home and office before Christmas. You can take the items you need for free or for a small price (only cash accepted).

NOTE! Although we have large facilities, we can take only a limited number of people inside at the same time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Remember to keep masks and distances!


Urban Mill and Otaniemi Recycling Center