Bring your business in the development of Smart Otaniemi

Smart Otaniemi aims to be one of the leading development environments for future bound smart and sustainable urban solutions.

Goal and vision

For companies, that means easily accessible world-class RDI facilities and co-operation that supports success. In autumn 2022, we will draw up a shared vision and a roadmap for further development of Smart Otaniemi environment.  

This is an amazing networking opportunity for your business and a great change to have an impact on the development of Smart Otaniemi.  

The development plan for Smart Otaniemi will be drafted in three workshops. The key themes of the development – green transition and digitality, fossil-free transport, carbon-neutral energy production and sustainable construction – are derived from Sustainable Espoo programme. In the workshops, we will define the vision and objectives for the key themes and determine the measures for building a development environment for smart and sustainable urban solutions. The partnership network consists of the City of Espoo’s decision-makers and development project officers, business representatives (transport, energy, construction) and representatives of education and research organisations.

Get involved and make a difference

There’s place for 50 participants – reserve your seat as soon as possible! (extrernal link) The participants that can join all three workshops will be favored. The registration ends on Friday 2 September 2022. A more detailed agenda and the participation link will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event. 

Workshop schedule and registration

The development plan for Smart Otaniemi will be created in three workshops during autumn 2022. The first workshop in September and the third one in December will be online. In October we will meet face-to-face in Otaniemi. All three workshops will be held in English.

Register by 2/9/2022:

The times, dates and tentative programmes of the Smart Otaniemi development environment’s planning workshops:

Workshop 1: Thursday 8 Sep at 13:00-16:00, online

Determining the development environment’s vision and objectives in terms of transport, energy production and sustainable construction.

Workshop 2: Wednesday 12 Oct at 9:00-15:30, f2f in Otaniemi

Defining the development environment’s theme-specific measures into a roadmap.

Workshop 3: Thursday 1 Dec at 13:00-16:00, online

Presentation, further steps and summary of the theme-specific roadmaps.

We welcome you to join us in creating a shared vision of Smart Otaniemi!

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!

Register here:

Event page on Facebook:

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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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:

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.  


Why the Bioeconomy Needs Synthetic Biology – Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem Annual Event 29.9.2021

From our partner network:

Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem Annual Event:
Why the Bioeconomy needs Synthetic Biology
29.9.2021 at 13:00 – 16:30 (EET)

Registration link

Welcome to Synbio Powerhouse annual event 29.9.2021!

This year the Synbio Powerhouse annual seminar will explore the symbiosis of synthetic biology and the circular bioeconomy. Microbes are uniquely capable to utilise bio waste as feedstock. With the tools of synthetic biology we are able to engineer the microbes to efficiently convert the waste into useful products such as biomaterials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Biotechnology can help us achieve a truly sustainable use of biomass derived from agriculture, forest or food industry. What could be done, what is needed and how should we move forward? Join us to discuss this hot topic together with industry experts, researchers and policy makers. In our event you will also hear some of the latest finding from novel synbio research.

What is possible, what is needed and how should we move forward – join us for a discussion with industry experts, researchers and policy makers. In this event you will also hear some of the latest findings from novel synbio research.

Preliminary program:
– Waste as feedstock
– Biosynthetic production
– Novel Synbio Research

This seminar is part of the official program of the European Biotech week 28.9-1.10.2021.

Business, culture and fun in Summer Celebration with Otaniemi startups, creatives and sustainability professionals on June 11

The first ever virtual Summer Celebration with Otaniemi startups, creatives and sustainability professionals was a refreshing dive into Espoo innovation ecosystem scene.

The event was arranged on June 11 in Zoom and broadcasted from Urban Mill, in the heart of Espoo Innovation Garden at Aalto University campus. It attracted 170 participants to learn and discuss about collaboration in the Otaniemi innovation ecosystem. The recording can be watched on Youtube:

The celebration began with a musical performance by Retuperän WBK, the legendary Fire Brigade Band of technology students from Aalto University.

This was followed by breakout sessions and discussions by the leaders of the City of Espoo, Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK. These are the key institutional players shaping the success of Espoo Innovation Garden, already the biggest Innovation hub in the Northern Europe.

In 2018 the City of Espoo was nominated the most intelligent city in the world. Mayor Jukka Mäkelä emphasized that the point is not to be the most intelligent city but to be the most intelligent community.

“That means that we have to do it together with our citizens, but also it is very important for to the city of Espoo to collaborate with Aalto University, research centers like VTT and with the companies. Collaboration is the key word” he continued.

Keynote speakers were Jyri Engeström, Partner & Co-Founder at Yes VC and Patrick Shulist, Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Business in Aalto University.

Watch Jyri Engeströms presentation from here (pdf).

The celebration ended with artistic performances by aerial artist Ilona Jäntti and RWBK student orchestra.

The whole event was streamed on Start North’s Youtube channel for everybody to experience. You can watch the recording of the event from here:

Watch, listen and enjoy the artistic performances recorded in the event:

Virtual networking platform Deal Room was offered 11.-12.6.2020 for all participants to make virtual 1-1 meetings with other participants before and after the celebrations in Zoom. Over 200 persons registered to this platform, which was also the place where to register to the celebrations and for startups and innovation enablers to set up their virtual booths.

The event was organized by Urban Mill, the City of Espoo, Business Espoo, 6Aika Ecosystems of Growth project, EDU programme, Aalto Startup Center, VTT and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK in collaboration with Start North, Innovation House Finland, Crazy Town and Otaniemi startup communities.

See the whole programme              See program flyer


Invitation to virtual Summer Celebration with Startups & Professionals in Creative & Sustainable Espoo 11.6.2020! #EspooCelebration

Welcome to the first ever virtual Summer Celebration with Otaniemi startups, creatives and sustainability professionals to make a refreshing dive into Espoo innovation ecosystem scene!

The #EspooCelebration is arranged in ZOOM on

Thursday 11.6.2020 from 16:00 to 18:00 EEST (Eastern European Summer Time)


ZOOM link will be sent to registered participants by mail prior to the event.

If you want to exhibit your startup virtually, please contact

In the program

  • OPENING SPEAKERS: Jukka Mäkelä, Mayor, City of Espoo; Janne Laine, Vice President, Innovations, Aalto University; Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland; Jari Jokinen, CEO, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK
  • KEY NOTE SPEECHES AND ADDRESSES: Jyri Engeström, Partner & Co-Founder at Yes VC; Patrick Shulist, Assistant Professor of Sustainability in Business, Aalto University, Tuula Antola, Director of Economic Development, City of Espoo; Antti Vasara, President & CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • ENJOY LOCAL CULTURE: Retuperän WBK, Voluntary Fire Brigade Band, technology student orchestra from Aalto University in Espoo; Ilona Jäntti, Ilmatila, Aerial Acrobatics from Urban Mill; Notes, A Cappella ensemble from Otaniemi
  • FACILITATORS: Kari Mikkelä, Urban Mill; Sami Kazi, VTT; Glenn Gassen, Espoo Marketing
  • NETWORKING BEFORE AND AFTER THE EVENT: Virtual networking in Deal Room is open for all participants before and after the celebration 11.-12.6.2020

The event is organized by Urban Mill, Business Espoo, 6Aika Ecosystems of Growth project, EDU programme, Aalto Startup Center, VTT and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK in collaboration with Start North, Innovation House Finland, Crazy Town and Otaniemi startup communities.

Link to #EspooCelebration program flyer. The event is free of charge.

For more information: and in the mails for registered participants.


ZOOM link will be sent to registered participants by mail prior to the event.

If you want to exhibit your startup virtually, please contact

Welcome and feel free to share this invitation!

Kari Mikkelä & Lars Miikki, Urban Mill
Creative & Sustainable Espoo – Virtual Summer celebration with startups & professionals organizer team

Welcome to VIRTUAL Smart Otaniemi Open Doors Day!

INVITATION: Materials for future designs 13.9.2017 @ Urban Mill

There is an increasing worldwide demand for high-performing materials and their application in sustainable solutions. Solving contemporary challenges is strongly linked to everyday life involving food, packaging, textiles and interiors. Bioeconomy and the industrial use of sustainable chemicals and materials will create growth and wealth and health for our planet.

During the Helsinki Design Week 2017, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is organising an open discussion event where we will address the big questions related to the future of materials and their use in the design of novel solutions. During the two-hour event, we will hear interesting keynotes and a series of pitches by the scientists who are developing the materials of the future and seek ideas to their potential use. We will also showcase several demos on the topic and the evening will be concluded with the award ceremony for the winners of The Making of Tomorrow design hackathon organised earlier during the Helsinki Design Week 2017.

Event Information
Name: Helsinki Design Week – Q&A on Materials of the future
Time: Wednesday 13.9.2017, 18:00–20:00
Venue: Urban Mill
Address: Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, Espoo

Go to the registration page from here

Please note the seminar is free to attend but there are limitations to maximum number of participants.

See the program of the seminar:

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Open afternoon seminar at VTT: Stories of UX – UX-driven innovations

User experience (UX) can make a difference in the industry and business. In this seminar we will present examples of user experience as a source of innovation and competitive advantage. The seminar is the third event in the FIMECC UXUS seminar series on “Stories of UX”. FIMECC UXUS companies will present examples of competitive advantage gained with UX-driven design and innovation. In the UX Showroom you can see and experience yourself UX-driven innovations.
You are warmly welcome!When & Where: Wednesday 3.6.2015, 13:00 – 16:00
Venue : VTT, Vuorimiehentie 3, EspooRegistration:  Please sign up before 27.5.2015

12:30 Coffee & registration
13:00 Opening of the seminar, Eija Kaasinen, VTT
13:10 Novel crane concepts with UX-driven innovation,
Johannes Tarkiainen, Konecranes
13:40 Future marine concepts with UX-driven innovation,
Iiro Lindborg, Rolls-Royce
14:10 UX as a key to innovations and continuous renewal,
Maaria Nuutinen, UXUS Programme Manager, VTT
14:30– 16:00 UX Showroom – See and experience UX-driven innovations initiated from the FIMECC UXUS programme, e.g.:
  • Control room anywhere – Natural interaction in future process plants
  • Being one with the ship and the sea – Future ship bridge concepts
  • Hands-on experience of remote control – Boxhunter crane concept
  • Designing the best user experience – Red dot awarded Rocla forklift
The seminar is free of charge and you can forward the invitation to other persons who are possibly interested in the subject. Please register before May 27th, 2015.
Kind regards,
Maaria Nuutinen
FIMECC UXUS programme managerThe seminar is organised by the FIMECC UXUS Programme

VTT:n diplomi-insinöörit koolla Urban Millissä

Tekniikan Akateemisten liitto TEKin VTT:läinen paikallisyhdistys VTDI ry kokoontui Urban Milliin maanantaina 24.11. syyskokouksen ja keskustelutilaisuuden merkeissä. Sopiva paikka kokoukselle oli saatu käyttöön TEKin alueasiamiehen Jorma Louhelaisen avustuksella.  Aluksi Lars Miikki Urban Millistä kertoi paikan historiaa ja käytäntöjä tällä hetkellä. Syyskokousasioiden lisäksi keskusteltiin vilkkaasti VTT:n yt-neuvotteluiden kulusta ja tulemasta, ja myös uudesta, VTT Oy:ön tulevasta työehtosopimuksesta, joka myös on neuvoteltu tämän syksyn aikana.

Fyysiset puitteet tilaisuudelle tarjosi Urban Mill ja TEKin Uudenmaan aluetoimisto, jotka yhdessä pilotoivat uudenlaisia yhteisötilapalveluja Otaniemen alueella Espoo Innovation Gardenissa.

Puitteet sopivat hienosti tapahtumaamme, kiitokset TEKille ja Urban Millille!

Kuvassa Lasse kertoo kokouksen aluksi, missä olemme. Osa osallistuneista vtt-läisistä on ollut aiemmin töissäkin samassa talossa.


VTDI on VTT:n, GTK:n, MIKES:n ja muiden vastaavaa toimintaa harjoittavien laitosten palveluksessa olevien,  teknillisessä korkeakoulussa tai yliopistossa tai muissa niitä vastaavissa kotimaisissa taikka ulkomaisissa korkeakouluissa tai yliopistoissa alemman tai ylemmän akateemisen loppututkinnon suorittaneiden ammattijärjestö. Vuonna 1964 perustettu itsenäinen rekisteröity yhdistys on vuoden 2010 alusta akavalaisen Tekniikan Akateemisten Liitto TEKin paikallisosasto.

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