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!

Coronavirus survival funding for Finnish SMEs

Joni Lehto

A summary in English by Joni Lehto on the funding available for Finnish companies in the exceptional circumstances caused by the corona virus. This is a quick and rough translation of the good Finnish summary at

This will be updated on  as new information comes in.

Last updated 1.4.2020.

SMEs (6-250 employees)

Companies with 6-250 employees can apply for support from Business Finland.

Information in English

Small companies (1-5 employees)

Companies with 1-5 employees can apply for support from their local ELY Centre.

Information in English

Sole entrepreneurs

Sole entrepreneurs can apply for a €2,000 support from their municipality (city, town). They have to be able to show a significant downturn in their financial standing and revenue since 31.12.2019. Companies that have been in financial difficulties already before that or who have unpaid taxes are not eligible. The grant can be applied for expenses occurred during 1.3.-31.8.2020 and can be applied until 30.9.2020.

The application process is being created and is expected to open in mid-April.

This support applies for all entrepreneurs who do not employ others. Freelancers are eligible for this support.

Sole entrepreneurs can also apply for extended unemployment benefit, which is also being created. Both of these supports can be used by the same entrepreneur. If the €2,000 support is applied for fixed expenses, it doesn’t affect the unemployment support. If it is used for the entrepreneur’s salary or similar compensation, it can affect the amount of unemployment support received.

Latest information in Finnish

Latest information in English (several days older)

Text: Joni Lehto,

Circular economy startups are pitching at GREENTECH CHALLENGE Investor day in Otaniemi on Oct 24th

Date and time: Thursday 24.10.2019 14-19
Location: Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo, FINLAND

𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗖𝗛 𝗖𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗘𝗡𝗚𝗘 𝗜𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗶 𝟮𝟬𝟭𝟵 is taking place at Urban Mill 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗧𝗵𝘂, 𝗢𝗰𝘁 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 on Otaniemi campus, where 12 circular economy startups are going to pitch in front of industry VIPs and investors. Many entrepreneurs, impact investors, and consultants from KPMG, Salesforce, AWA etc. will be there as well.

It’s a great opportunity to network with impact investment professionals as well as listen to the pitches by entrepreneurs who strive for sustainability.

Participation is FREE. Just register through the link below & have fun at the event!

Spanish Students from Mondragon Team Academy Arrived to Urban Mill!


We are the lovely Spanish student LEINNers, 31 young entrepreneurs running our junior businesses here until 9th of November!!!

We come from MTA, a global community of team entrepreneurs piloting what radically transforming we could offer to companies, universities and young people in Finland and in Otaniemi.

Meet us at our booth in Urban Mill, which is our home base during our activities here in Finland!

Urban Living Labs: Engagement, Exploration, Experiments, Evaluation and Entrepreneurs!

Shake up an Urban System:  Disruption – Tranformation – Sustainability!
A short (7 mins) film introducing Urban Living Labs looking at 5 key criteria – engagement, exploration, experiments, evaluation and entrepreneurs. Visit for more information.

Share your knowledge through the WIKI on Urban Living Labs!
A wiki dedicated to gathering, developing and sharing knowledge and experiences of urban living labs – sites devised to design, test and learn from social and technical innovation in real time and real places. We hope the wiki develops over time into a resource and inspiration on urban living labs. We have engaged researchers and practitioners to contribute to the wiki.