Spanish Students from Mondragon Team Academy @ Urban Mill: WE WANT YOU TO MEET US!

This previous week just two young startups came to our Hub: Neemboo and 840 projects.

35 Spanish students from Mondragon Team Academy (MTA) are forming on the degree of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation (LEINN). The students have their home base in Urban Mill in Espoo Innovation Garden during the weeks in Finland.

As part of their degree, they will be spending a month and a half in Finland, learning about the Finnish market and economy in order to create a bridge between both countries and have a social impact. As well as, in order to learn more about its educational methodology, innovation processes and entrepreneurship.

For them to join our lovely community with a good step, they have decided to prepare an event for them to present us their learnings, by doing different projects they have and are working on since September. This Event will be taking place on Friday 23rd February at Urban Mill from 13:00 to 15:00 that will include a Spanish Food tasting for all the people that attend it. To be sure you get your place on this great event, you can confirm the attendance in here:

840 Projects

840 Projects mainly focus in the development of sustainable products that tries to fix the damage of one of the problems that has a big impact in the world right now, Over Consumption. For this, they have been working in projects like:

AATMA that means soul in Hindi, is a project that creates unique handbags that are made of recycled clothes that have a personal story that comes from the users of those cloths.

SadBoysClub have high quality hoodies with a exclusive and unique drops of limited new designs. This focuses more into everyone having their own unique style and at the same time feel that they are part of a community.


Neemboo is basically a close entrepreneurial enterprise of project management willing to learn more things everyday. They believe in innovative ways of helping people to change what they are used to, to motivate them to leave their comfort zone.

Closer and Hoop, with a sustainable style, are representing the authentic and simple design of comfortable accessories. They make sure that women’s empower is taken into account as well as equality and justice between all of us.

EXEX, with a brand new concept of exclusive experiences and products. It is platform that gives light to rural entrepreneurs that hold up great stories within them. It makes the customer feel this experience and focus on why they buy, making the world a more human place.

We encourage you to come and visit them! Do not hesitate to contact them:

840 Projects
+358 414722020

+358 46 5506376

Länsi-Suomi suuntaa rahoitusta kokeilukulttuurin mukaiseen toimintaan – haku 1.3. mennessä

Haussa uusia ratkaisuja, jotka tarttuvat kahteen yhteiskunnalliseen aiheeseen:

  • Maahanmuuttajat voimavarana ja kasvun mahdollistajana
  • Tasa-arvoa lisäävät menetelmät työttömien miesten työllistymisen edistäjinä

Länsi-Suomen rakennerahasto ELY on varannut 1.3.2017 päättyvässä ESR-haussa 500 000 euroa hankkeisiin, jotka tarttuvat etenkin näihin aiheisiin kokeilemalla kehittämisen keinoin.

Tämä erityinen  kokeilukulttuuri-osio on suunnattu pienille hankkeille, jotka testaavat uusia ratkaisuja käytännössä ja oppivat tuloksista. Mukaan voivat osallistua myös tahot, joille ESR-hankkeet ja -rahoitus eivät ole entuudestaan tuttuja, kuten yritykset ja pienet järjestöt. Hae mukaan 1.3. mennessä.

”Länsi-Suomen alue” tarkoittaa tässä tapauksessa Etelä-Pohjanmaan, Keski-Pohjanmaan, Keski-Suomen, Pirkanmaan, Pohjanmaan, Satakunnan ja Varsinais-Suomen maakuntia.

Kaikille ESR-haun kokeilukulttuuri-osiosta kiinnostuneille järjestetään hankkeiden hakemisen sekä toteuttamisen tueksi tapahtumia ja sparrausta. Katso lisää erilliseltä sivustolta

Tule 10.2.2017 Tampereelle kuulemaan lisää

Toiminnan käynnistää Tampereella järjestettävä kaikille avoin info- ja sparraustilaisuus 10.2.2017, klo 10-13 – tule mukaan! Osallistuminen on erityisen hyödyllistä, jos suunnittelet osallistumista tähän käynnissä olevaan hankehakuun. Ilmoittaudu Tampereen tilaisuuteen tästä.

Tulossa on myös hakijakohtaista sparrausta ja muuta toimintaa, joka tehdään hanketoimijoiden vertaisoppimista ja -tukea edistävän Temaattiset Torstait -toiminnan hengessä.

Tätä kutsua saa levittää!


ESR-hankehaku ja kokeilukulttuuri-osio: Antti Hänninen, Keski-Suomen ELY-keskus, 0295 024 661, sekä Länsi-Suomen ESR-yhteyshenkilöt

ESR TL 5 hankehakijat, osallisuustyö: Tanja Hirschovits-Gerz, Sokra / THL, 029 5247 954, sekä Veera Laurila, Sokra / THL, 029 524 6644,

Tapahtumat ja sparraus: Mikko Korpela, 0400 499 242,

Finnish & Estonian Public Service Top Executives Boot Camp at Urban Mill: Innovation needs government – Government needs innovation

Finnish and Estonian public sector leaders workshopped intensively in a two day boot camp held 3-4 March at Urban Mill in Aalto University Campus area in the heart of Espoo Innovation Garden.


Virpi Einola-Pekkinen, Head of development of Ministry of Finance in Finland blogs here about the ongoining cross border co-operation in management development between Finland and Estonia:

The idea of a joint development program for Public Service Top Executives derived from a situation where Estonian and Finnish government institutions responsible for executive development recognized the similarities in the core challenges their Top Executives were facing as well as the expectations they had to meet. In a context where we are facing the challenges of the “New Normal” characterised by slow economic growth, high unemployment, higher volatility and level of uncertainty, Estonia and Finland need to prepare for new challenges by maximising their limited human and financial resources and accelerating innovation in public service.

Whole-of-Government Approach is needed in both countries

According to the OECD public governance reviews of Estonia (2011) and Finland (2010), one of the key challenges for public administration of both countries is to achieve a single government approach and work together with a society as a whole. The future success depends largely on the ability to tackle cross-ministerial challenges. Hence, strategic planning and finding innovative approaches in everyday work should cross the areas of responsibility.

WP_20150303_001However, cutting the traditional administrative and sectorial boundaries and replacing them with collaborative bridges with other organisations, requires a change in organisational culture and guides the leaders of public administration to work in new ways. A whole-of-government approach requires a new level of cooperation and collaboration across the public administration as well as between other stakeholders. Public sector needs its leaders to initiate the desired changes, come up with new ways of cooperation and together create a culture that would make innovation happen. As the whole-of-government approach is set as a priority both in Estonia and Finland, also the current development program aims to encourage the horizontal co-ordination and collaborative leadership in the process of innovative policy design and implementation.

Lue loppuun

Call for Companies is Open –– Peloton Smart Retro Acceleration Program

Have you got a product or a service for the urban dwellers?
Can you make our cities radically smarter, more sustainable and attractive?
Here’s a fast way to develop and find partners to test and hit the market.

Peloton Smart Retro Acceleration Program is for companies and teams with innovations that can change the way we live in the cities. The part-time program offers a unique access to corporate and public partnerships, mentors, user communities and spaces in urban testbed areas. The programme runs from 4th December 2014 to end of May 2015. The application for startups and entrepreneurs is open until 30th of October – apply now! Find out below what Peloton Smart Retro Acceleration program has to offer.

Urban Mill Open Innovation Platform Orchestration Model

Urban Mill Orchestration model was presented and discussed at ”Aalto – Nonaka Workshop: Ba & Flow in Regional Innovation Ecosystems” at Design Factory 22.8.2014.

Workshop was organized by EUE programme members in collaboration with Professor Ikurijo Nonaka and CKIR at Aalto University.  Worksghop introduced e.g. the Energizing Urban Ecosystems EUE Research School concept.

Kari Mikkelä presented their ongoing EUE research. Urban Mill Service Concept properties were reflected within the  ”Value Orchestration Platform for Business and Communities” framework introduced by prof. Kyoichi Jim Kijima.


Other topics included:

  • Professor Ikurijo Nonaka: Recent thinking and experiences on Ba & Flow
  • Markku Markkula: Special focus on the Espoo Innovation Garden as a EU forerunner. The ecosystem described and analyzed from different perspectives

Whole programme here:  Aalto-Nonaka WS 22.8.2014 programme