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

Ennakkokutsu: Tule tapaamaan Otaniemen startup-yrittäjiä virtuaalisesti 11.6.2020! – Pre-invitation: Come and meet Otaniemi startup entrepreneurs virtually !

Espoo Marketing, 6Aika Kasvun ekosysteemit -hanke, Urban Mill, Aalto Startup Center, TEK ja EDU-ohjelma järjestävät virtuaalisen kesätapahtuman 11.6.2020 klo 16-18 yhteistyössä mm. Start Northin ja Otaniemen startup-yhteisöjen kanssa. Tapahtuman nimi on Creative & Sustainable Espoo – Summer celebration with startups & professionals.



Tämä on hyvä mahdollisuus tutustua Otaniemessä toimiviin startupeihin ja verkottua niiden kanssa. Tapahtuma on maksuton ja avoin kaikille kiinnostuneille. Järjestelyissä ovat mukana myös mm. TEKin yrittäjyysakatemia ja TEKin kestävän kehityksen asiantuntijat. Tarkempi ohjelma ja osallistumislinkki ilmoitetaan myöhemmin. Merkkaa tapahtuma kuitenkin kalenteriisi jo nyt!

Levitä mielellään tätä kutsua eteenpäin omissa verkostoissasi!

Pre-invitation: Come and meet Otaniemi startup entrepreneurs virtually on June 11, 2020!

Espoo Marketing, 6Aika Growth Ecosystems project, Urban Mill, EDU programme, Aalto Startup Center and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK are organizing a virtual summer event on 11 June 2020 from 4 pm to 6 pm in collaboration with Start North and Otaniemi startup communities. The name of the event is Creative & Sustainable Espoo – Summer Celebration with startups & professionals.



This is a good opportunity to get to know startups in Otaniemi and network with them. The event is free and open to anyone interested. TEK’s Entrepreneurship Academy and TEK’s sustainable development experts are also involved in the arrangements. A more detailed program and participation link will be announced later. However, mark the event on your calendar now!

Feel free to spread this pre-invitation to your own networks!

Join us in Cities in Transition LOOP Workshop 2nd of June @ Urban Mill

We will host a workshop to co-create a programme concept to enhance sustainable partnerships between cultures.

About the workshop:

  • Time: Friday 2nd of June at 14:00-16:00. The workshop ends with a networking time at 15:45, programme starts 14:00 sharp.
  • Place: Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo.

The workshop will be held in the Urban Mill’s Cave room. We will be greeting you at the main door.

See the whole event programme below!

Please register for free:

For more info check our Facebook event:

Thank you!


  • Sara Lucía – sara.ruedamejia(at)
  • Andrea Gilly – andrea.gillymarquez(at)

Participants of EU’s Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice program: working in Urban Mill is a journey of inspiration

We are Pia Liepe and Kai-Ti Wu, 2015 pioneers from the EU Pioneers into Practice program who is working with the Department of Real Estate, Land use Planning and Geoinformatics in Aalto University. The experience working in the Urban Mill could be seen as a journey of inspiration. We ourselves have very good experience in sharing our own knowledge using the space and facilities. We would definitely encourage more interdisciplinary events to be held in Urban Mill.

The open spaces and facilities for open discussions were very user friendly, during the one month work in Aalto Uni, we were very lucky to get inspired from this innovative co-working, meeting space. We would share our experience working in the Urban Mill in three different occasions:

Tutoring in the System Thinking 1 Masters Class from the program of Creative Sustainability:

USERXP1The Urban Mill is a great place to put together students from different disciplines to work together. The 3D Theatre (Urban Cave) could contain 30 students with enough space to stand up and stretch themselves and it also provides a lot of space for private group tutoring events. Presentations could be clearly presented throughout the room.

Participating in the Helsinki Uusimaa Regional Pioneers into Practice Workshop

USERXP2On 15th of October the Pioneers into Practice workshop was held in the Urban Mill. 15 Pioneers from all around the world working in the Helsinki region met together in Urban Mill for the workshop. The program’s regional councils presented the horizon of Helsinki’s low carbon development strategy and encouraged the pioneers to work together for a solution. We had a pleasant experience working with the facilities provided in the space and was able to come up with creative presentations. The group in the picture was presenting their solution with the scene of doing sauna together. Which fits to the context to be a proud Finnish style of communication!

Text and photos:

Kai-Ti Wu – , Pie Liepe –

#coworking #UrbanMill #PiP2015 #AaltoUni

Climate-KIC is EU’s main climate innovation initiative, see

Pioneers into Practice is Climate-KIC’s professional mobility programme. Low Carbon Economy professionals from education, research, enterprise and administration join and put into practice their expertise to create new products and services in the field of the climate change. See