Tervetuloa tutustumaan robottibussiin – kaikille avoimet esittelyt Espoon keskuksessa ja Matinkylässä 31.10.2021!

Espoon kaupunki tiedottaa:

”Järjestämme kaikille avoimen robottibussin esittelytilaisuuden Matinkylässä kauppakeskus Iso Omenan edessä sunnuntaina 31.10. klo 15–18. Robottibussi on nähtävillä Markkinakadun puoleisen sisäänkäynnin ulkopuolella.

Samana päivänä järjestetään myös vastaava tapahtuma Espoon keskuksen kauppakeskus Espoontorin ulkopuolella klo 10–13.

Esittelytilaisuudessa yleisö pääsee tutustumaan robottibussiin ja kysymään siihen liittyviä kysymyksiä. Robottibusseja esittelee yrityskumppanimme Roboride Oy. Robottibusseilla ei tilaisuuksissa ajeta.

Tilaisuudet ovat osa syksyllä alkaneita robottibussikokeiluitamme, joilla edistetään automaattista ja vähähiilistä liikkumista. Espoon kaupunki on sitoutunut olemaan hiilineutraali vuonna 2030, joten hyvin palveleva ja kustannustehokas joukkoliikennejärjestelmä on meille välttämätön. Tulevaisuuden tavoitteena on tehdä robottibusseista pysyvä osa kaupunkien joukkoliikennettä.”

Tervetuloa tutustumaan robottibussiin!

Tapahtumien tarkemmat tiedot:

Matinkylän tilaisuus: https://www.espoo.fi/fi/tapahtumat/espooevents:af6jhxgilm

Espoon keskuksen tilaisuus: https://www.espoo.fi/fi/tapahtumat/espooevents:af6jhwlwke

Aalto students adding to the biodiversity of Otaniemi – Honey extracted at Urban Mill on Sunday

Honey harvest Sunday 🍯! The Test Site’s little workers finished their part for the season and the produce is ready. We spent a couple of hours at the Urban Mill on 22.8.2021 doing the honey harvesting.

The Test Site Honey started off as part of a project at the ”How to change the world” course about 2 years ago. The project spun off to the Test Site adding to the biodiversity of the area 🌺. The garden group at the site planted plenty of flowers for the bees to pollinate so we have high hopes for some delicious honey 💛.

As the new school year is about to start, we are planning on setting up a stand at the Test-Site where you can fill your own jar. Follow Aalto Test-Site on Instagram for the latest announcements: https://www.instagram.com/aaltotestsite/

Text: Festa Isufi
Photos: Senni Alho

Open Call: Synbio Power Pitch 2021 dl 10.6.

From our partner network:

Biotechnology innovations for a circular bioeconomy – Harnessing the world’s underutilized waste streams with microbes

Microbes are well adapted to use various waste streams as feedstock to produce fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials. Using the tools of synthetic biology we can further enhance this capability in applications on an industrial scale.

We invite companies, students and researchers from all over the world to participate in the SynbioPower Pitch 2021. This year’s challenge is to find innovative ways to use biological feedstock and waste streams into added-value products, using the tools of synthetic biology and biotechnology. 

We are looking for early and more mature ideas, startups and more mature companies to participate in the call (DL 10.6.). Simple and fast to apply.

Apply from here: www.synbio.fi/synbio-power-pitch-2021

We are studying volume and maturity of Finnish synbio/biotech deal flow. We are currently studying the possibility and making plans for a synbio-focused early fund. We need to show the deal flow to understand the feasibility. Therefore, please, apply so that we shall become aware of your case. (Do not mind the maturity of your case and do not disclose confidential information).

The top cases will be selected for coaching and mentoring and feedback and providing connections from June to Sep/Oct. The jury consists of among others Perttu Koskinen (Neste), Rasmus Pinomaa (Kemira), Miika Mähönen (HMD Global), Janne Mieck (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, Juha Lindfros (Lifeline Ventures). The jury will  select finalists for the final. The final synbio power pitch will happen during Slush 1.12. You have a good opportunity to showcase your idea/company. There is also a small award of 5000 e for the winner of the final. We have also a few Slush tickets for 2.12. to share for the finalists. The final will be a hybrid one – remote & face-to-face (if possible). You can choose how you participate if you are selected among finalists.  


Apply to Aalto University’s 5G Hack the Mall summer course

From Urban Mill’s partner network:

Are you interested in being a pioneer in a global technology with only a limited number of experts available? What even is 5G and what can be done with it?

The leading summer course on 5G, is now available for experts of all fields, for free. The course is organised as a virtual intensive course on weekdays from 7 to 18 June 2021. The course is organised by Start North, Aalto University and the FITech Universities.

There is a global high demand for understanding in a revolutionary technology, as 5G will impact the society in a whole new way. The course is worth 6 ECTS credits, accredited by Aalto University. We aim for multidiscipline-based learning during the course, combining expertise of all fields. We hope to see you as a part of our course! Prior knowledge on 5G is not required. During the course, you will learn about 5G technology and key applications such as autonomous cars, extended reality content and artificial intelligence. 

As part of the course, students work as groups towards a project work for a leading company or an organisation on how it can leverage 5G technology in its operations. The need is real, as 5G technology makes unprecedented performance and efficiency possible. A good project is not only technical, it should include user-centric design, business-orientation, sustainability measures and solutions to societal issues.

Got interested? Learn more and register below!


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 www.startupgrind.com/events/details/startup-grind-helsinki-presents-virtual-fireside-chat-with-angel-investor-reima-linnanvirta/#/


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 Whiteboard.fi 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: www.startupgrind.com

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.

Urban Mill toivottaa Hyvää uutta vuotta – Urban Mill wishes you a Happy New Year!

Kumppaneillemme, jäsenillemme, asiakkaillemme, ystävillemme; For our partners, members, customers, and friends;

Kiitämme hyvin sujuneesta yhteistyöstä kuluneen vuoden aikana ja toivotamme hyvää ja menestyksellistä Uutta vuotta!

Jatkamme nykyisissä tiloissa ainakin kolme kuukautta. Tavoitteenamme on luoda tänä aikana uusi tilakonsepti Betonimiehenkujalle luoville ja kestävän kehityksen osaajille ja heidän verkostoilleen: matalan kynnyksen hybridistudiotiloja sekä alusta fyysisten protojen ja muiden kädentöiden rakentelulle ja esittelylle. Co-working ja tapahtumatilamme ovat edelleen vuokrattavissa!

Siirrymme 1.1.2021 lähtien uuteen palvelumalliin, joka perustuu paikallisten asiakasekosysteemien mahdollisuuksiin ja tarpeisiin, fasilitoi niissä yhteisten kehitysnarratiivien syntyä, tukee virtuaalitapahtumien järjestämistä, tehostaa virtuaalitiimien muodostamista, kasvattaa kokeilutoiminnan tarjoutuvuutta ja validoi näin kestäviä bisnesmalleja palvelemaan temaattisia ekosysteemejä. Uskomme, että uusi konseptimme palvelee myös sinua / organisaatiotasi.

Thank you for your co-operation, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

We will continue in our current facilities at Betonimiehenkuja for at least three months. Our goal is to co-create during that time a new space concept for creatives and sustainability actors and their respective networks: low-threshold hybrid studio spaces and a platform for the construction and demonstration of physical prototypes, artifacts and other handicrafts. Our co-working and event spaces are still available for rent.

As of January 1, 2021, we will move to a new service model based on the capabilities and needs of local customer ecosystems, facilitate the emergence of common development narratives, support virtual event management, enhance virtual team building, increase the availability of experimental activities and validate sustainable business models to serve thematic ecosystems. We believe that our new concept will also serve you / your organization.

Terveisin / with Best Regards

Kari, Lars, Marjukka, Tomi ja muu Myllyn väki!

Urban Mill got global recognition from Boundary Spanning Champions Online Forum

The online gathering of practitioners was organised by University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) on December 2-3, 2020. The event covered a wide range of topics around university-industry engagement with the main focus being on people – those who are at the forefront of interaction, who break down the barriers between academia and business and drive meaningful change and collaborative innovation for their organisations. See https://uiin.org/sbforum/

The winners & runners-ups of the first edition of the Boundary Spanning Champions Online Forum:

Best University-Business Cooperation Story

  • Winner: Urban Mill: Agile Globally Networked Place-Based University-Industry Innovation Facilitator and Orchestrator at Espoo Innovation Garden, Kari Mikkelä, Urban Mill Innovation Platform
  • Runner-up: Bridging the Gaps in Industrial Digitalisation: Academics, Vendors and Users, David Cameron, University of Oslo

Best Innovative Education Story

  • Winner: Developing a Commercial Film Production Ecosystem in Academia with Pedagogy at Its Heart, Neil Fox, Sound/Image Cinema Lab at Falmouth University
  • Runner-up: 360 Learning – Collaborative Innovation in Multihelix, Tanja Hulst, 360 Learning Engineering

Best Boundary Spanning Tool

  • Winner: SPARK-ECG, Measuring and Ensuring Consensus and Coproduction with Industrial Partners. Identifying Success Factors, Stefan Brolin, Jönköping University
  • Runner-Up: The Degree-of-Engagement Diagram, a Tool for Supporting Collaborative Business Modelling for Sustainability by University-Industry Cooperation, Inge Oskam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

UIIN is an international knowledge leader on university-industry engagement, entrepreneurial universities dedicated to the future of higher education institutions and the impact on society. Website: https://uiin.org/

Suggested reading: Why Spanning Boundaries Agents Are the New Generation’s Super-Heroes

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

Espoo testaa: yrittäjille ja yrityksille suunnatut tapahtumat ja koulutukset nyt kootusti digitaalisessa tapahtumakalenterissa

Business Espoon tiedote 23.11.2020

Espoossa testataan uutta digitaalista tapahtumakalenteria, joka kokoaa yhteen alueen yrityksille, yrittäjille ja yrittäjyyttä suunnitteleville suunnattujen tapahtumien ja koulutusten tiedot. Kalenterissa on tietoja sekä fyysisistä että virtuaalisista verkostoitumistapahtumista, yrittäjyyskoulutuksista, tiettyyn teemaan tai alaan liittyvistä seminaareista ja esimerkiksi kasvu- ja kiihdyttämöohjelmien hakuajoista.

Tapahtumakalenteri on julkaistu omalla verkkosivulla businessevents.espoo.fi.

Tapahtumakalenteri sisältää hakutoiminnon, ja kokeilun edetessä kalenteriin on tarkoitus lisätä hakuvahti, joka tarjoaa kullekin olennaista tietoa tapahtumista ja koulutuksista suoraan sähköpostiin. Julkaistavat tapahtumat ovat pääsääntöisesti maksuttomia tai voittoa tavoittelemattomia.

Monitasoinen verkostokokeilu
Digitaalisen tapahtumakalenterin kokeilu jatkuu helmikuun 2021 asti. Mukana ovat Business Espoo -yrityspalveluverkoston seitsemän toimijaa: Espoon kaupunki, Enter Espoo, Espoon Yrittäjät, Helsingin seudun kauppakamari, Omnia, Uudenmaan TE-toimiston yrityspalvelut ja YritysEspoo. Lisäksi kokeiluun on pyydetty mukaan Espoon ja sen lähialueen keskeisiä tapahtumajärjestäjiä, jotka järjestävät muun muassa startup-tapahtumia, eri alojen seminaareja ja avoimia verkostoitumistapahtumia. Kokeilussa ovat mukana kalenteria ja sen toimintamallia kehittämässä olleet kumppanit VTT, Aalto Startup Center ja Urban Mill. Mukaan kokeilemaan lähtevät myös eri alojen ekosysteemitoimijoita ja -keskittymiä kuten Smart Otaniemi, Health Capital Helsinki, Helsinki Business Hub ja Business Finland.

”Espoossa osataan tehdä laaja-alaista yhteistyötä, ja tapahtumakalenteria voidaankin kutsua monitasoiseksi verkostokokeiluksi, jossa Business Espoo -verkoston lisäksi on mukana koko ekosysteemiverkostomme toimijoita”, sanoo projektipäällikkö Heli Hidén Espoon kaupungilta.

Kokeilun aikana Espoon kaupunki kumppaneineen kartoittaa yritysten toiveita tapahtumille ja koulutuksille sekä luo pohjaa tapahtumajärjestäjien tiiviimmälle yhteistyölle. Kokeilun aikana mukaan tapahtumistaan ilmoittamaan otetaan arviolta 15−25 organisaatiota.

”Jokainen voi tulla mukaan kokeilemaan ja etsimään haluamiaan tapahtumia. Jo se, että klikkailet juuri sinua kiinnostavia tapahtuma-aiheita, auttaa meitä kehittämään analytiikan kautta alueemme tapahtumatarjontaa”, kannustaa Heli Hidén.

Kokeilu on osa Espoon digiagendan kokeiluja, joilla pyritään kehittämään kaupungin palveluja digitaalisia ratkaisuja ja uutta teknologiaa hyödyntäen. Kalenterin toteuttajan toimii Siili Solutions.


Tapahtumakalenterikokeilu: projektipäällikkö Heli Hidén, Espoon kaupungin palvelukehitysyksikkö, puh. 040 801 9930, heli.hiden@espoo.fi

Digiagendan kokeilut: kehittämispäällikkö Valia Wistuba, Espoon kaupungin palvelukehitysyksikkö, puh. 043 825 2905, valia.wistuba@espoo.fi