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


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 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:

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.

Invitation to the High-level Webinar of the Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transition on 28 Sept. 2020 at 10 am EEST

“Smart Specialisation for Economic
Transformation and SDGs Implementation –
for sustainable future in Baltic Sea Region”

Date: 28 September, 2020
Time: 9.55-14.00 EEST
Venue: Virtual Meeting (Webinar), hosted from
Aalto University

Please register no later than 25 September:

We have a pleasure to invite you to High-level Webinar of Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation over Zoom on the 28th of September 2020 with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission and Markku Markkula, Vice President, European Committee of the Regions.

The event focuses on the future opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region in order to speed-up sustainable economic transformation and implementing SDGs, while contributing to the post-crisis’s recovery and resilience.

We attempt to look behind the scenes at how regions embed Smart Specialisation Strategies in their regional, economic, and spatial development policies. By working with nine regions in each of the Baltic Sea Region countries we have intended to get an insight into how Smart Specialisation Strategy affects the future prospects of the regions. During the event a new book ‘Sustainable Baltic Sea Region – towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’ will be launched.

The Webinar agenda addresses these main topics (timing EEST):

  • 10.00 Opening remarks
    • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission
    • Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
    • Markku Markkula, Former President, European Committee of Regions (CoR)
    • Hosted by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University
  • 10. 30 Policy discussion on ‘Sustainable Economic Transformation’ in the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Reinar Kneifel-Haverkamp, Director General for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Finance
      and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Germany
    • Sille Kraam, Director, Economic Development in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
    • Gunars Ansins, Deputy Chair, Development and Cooperation of Liepāja City Council, CoR Member, Latvia
    • Steen Bording Andersen, Aarhus City Council Member, CoR Member, Denmark
    • Sari Rautio, Vice Chair of the Board, Association of Finnish Municipalities, CoR Member, Finland
    • Moderated by Markku Markkula, Former CoR President, President of the Board, Helsinki Region
  • 11.20 Launch of the Book ‘Sustainable BSR Towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’
  • 11.50 Panel on ‘Leadership & Innovation – Future invented with Youth’ in Baltic Sea Region
    • Inge Relph, Executive Director, Global Choices
    • Wiktor Sawaryn, Dansk Youth Council & Jonna Rönn, Finnish Youth Agenda 2030
    • Satu Haapanen, Chair of Education and Culture Board, City of Oulu, CoR Member
    • Tomasz Szymczak, CEO, Inkubator STARTER
    • Marianne Ping-Huan, Professor, Aarhus University
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 12.40 Introduction to “BSR Strategic Instruments for Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Capacity Building”
  • 12.50 Experienced Insights – How to Move Forward to Actions
    • Ramojus Reimeris, ex-Managing Director, Strata, Lithuania
    • Tuija Hirvikoski, Former President, ENoLL
    • Patrizia Busolini, Policy officer, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, EC
    • Martin Brynskov, Professor and Chair of OASC
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 13.20 Closing Remarks on the Future of Smart Specialisation and the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
  • 13.35 Virtual Cocktails

Background and more information (pdf)

For further information and agenda, please check out the Smart-up Website

Registration for the webinar is open and is possible through the above-mentioned website or directly here:  Deadline for the registration is 25.9.2020. Please, register as soon as possible.

Feel free to forward this invitation to the interested experts in your own region.

We warmly welcome you to the webinar!

Taina Tukiainen
On the behalf of the organizing Committee
Professor, Aalto University


Try Mindfulness meditation in Urban Mill at PDP Gala 4.9.2020

Announcement for PDP Gala 2020 visitors from Urban Mill ecosystem actor network: Experience how mindfulness practices make difference in the state of your mind and learn how mindfulness can support your team.

4 different practices á 30 min: 11:00, 11:30, 12.00, 12:30

Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

An innovative mind and good communication work best when there is just a moderate amount of stress, when one feels him/herself safe. This is something that you can improve with mindfulness-meditations. You may practice these meditations privately or as a team.

Well experienced, professional mindfulness teacher Erja Lahdenperä, Helsinki Mindfulness will guide these meditations.

Fri 4.9.2020 – 4 different exercises

At 11.00 Body and breathing.
Calming down the nerve system, helping brains to become more open and observative. You might notice that you are finding solutions more easily.

At 11.30 Meditation of the sounds.
Opens the mind to observe the ”bigger picture”, perhaps also a different point of view.

At 12.00 Body and breathing with the difficult sensations in our body
One learns how to be with the problematic moments. Staying there calmly gives you an opportunity to notice the way out instead of pretending that the difficulty doesn’t exist.

At 12.30 Body scanning
Helps to calm down and to become close to yourself. Helps to improve emotional intelligence and gives a way to recognize the hints of intuition.

Be at the place in time because we will close the door when we start.

You may come only for one meditation or you may like to try them all.

Give yourself, your body, brains and heart this experience. You will notice the difference.

See you at PDP Gala!


Demo Day by Aalto StartUp Center 5.3.2020

From Aalto University:

”The hottest demoday of Aalto Ecosystem! Demo Day is a day for startups, investors, mentors, media and all ecosystem players interested to learn more about new innovations.

We will showcase our current startups from Aalto Startup Center, the Space startups from the ESA BIC Finland as well as Aalto’s commercialization cases from Research to Business. Network with Aalto Startup Center’s alumni, Aalto Ventures Program’s cases, Kiuas startups and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet our innovative cases from Aalto’s ecosystem!

Register here by February 28th”

BioGarage Opening 27 Sep at Aalto Design Factory!

Invitation sent by SynBio Powerhouse:

BioGarage Opening
27 Sep, 13:30 – 17:00
Aalto Design Factory Stage
Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, Otaniemi, Espoo


The new BioGarage at Aalto Design Factory offers students, young researchers and everybody interested the opportunity to test wild ideas and experiment freely using synthetic biology and related technologies in a GMO-lab environment.

Open-minded and cross disciplinary science is key to unlocking the potential that nature has to offer. Engineering biology enables the sustainable use of waste streams and CO2 as a carbon building blocks for synthesis of materials, food, fuels, chemicals and medicines.

Join us to hear how grassroot science can foster innovation and start-up creation! Our inspiring keynote speakers are:

You will also have the opportunity to visit our lab space and see a live demonstration of DNA by this year’s iGEM teams.

BioGarage is a Synbio Powerhouse initiative sponsored by Jenny ja Antti Wihuri Foundation. Other supporters include Aalto University, VTT, Sitra Fund.

MashUp pre-Vappu party at Maria hospital’s hidden underground tunnels on Saturday 28 April

Lauantaina 28.4 Marian sairaalan tunneleissa järjestetään unohtumattomat bileet, kun Euroopan suurin opiskelijoiden yrittäjyystapahtuma FallUp järjestää MashUp’in, joka kokoaa yhteen Aalto-yliopiston ja Hankenin opiskelijoita.

Ennennäkemättömässä tapahtumassa on paikalla mm. glitternisti, Singa-karaoke sekä dj:t Yeboyah ja Koponen. Tapahtumaan saa tuoda omia juomia, mutta lipun hintaan sisältyy myös muutama virvoke.

Aika: 28.4, 22-04
Paikka: Maria 01 tunnelit, Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Dresscode: MUSTA (ei haalareita)
Hinta: 9€ (sisältää narikan, lippuja rajoitettu määrä)

In English:

MashUp is a party organised by FallUp (Europe’s biggest entrepreneurship event for students). This party gathers students from Aalto University and Hanken on 28th of April, 2018. Held in the underground tunnels of an old hospital Maria 01 – this is an experience you won’t see again! We have free face-glitter-applying, Singa-karaoke, and dj’s Yeboyah and Koponen. You’re allowed to bring your own drinks, but we also have some in store for you!

Time: 28.4, 22 – 04
Location: Maria 01 tunnels, Lapinlahdenkatu 16
Dresscode: Preferably BLACK (NO overalls)
Price: 9€ (includes coat-fee)
(limited amount, buy yours beforehand)

Organisation behind FallUp:

Aalto Entrepreneurship Society 

Welcome to annual Design Factory Bootcamp – Pitch & Lunch on Fri April 13th

Invitation from Aalto Design Factory:

Dear colleagues & friends of ADF,

Design Factory Bootcamp, the annual event that brings together universities interested in learning about the Design Factory-model, is approaching again. We hope you join us for the DF Bootcamp Pitches & Community Lunch. So come and meet the DF Bootcamp Class of 2018 and hear them pitch their Design Factory-related experiments. Your feedback, as always, is highly appreciated and encouraged

Fri April 13th @ Aalto Design Factory
11:30 – 12:30

12:30 – 14:00

Community Lunch

Sign-up by March 30th at

On behalf of the Bootcamp team

Viljami Lyytikäinen (Viltsu)
Design Factory Global Network
Aalto University

DF Bootcamp is a week-long intensive hands-on experience of the DF-concept. The participating institutions from the around the world spend a week living, breathing and experiencing the Aalto Design Factory. With the help of DF experts, lectures and workshops they will plan their own experiments related to interdisciplinary teaching & learning.

More info about the DF Bootcamp:

Invitation to PdP Product Design Gala @ Aalto Design Factory and Urban Mill on May 19th!

Hello there,

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to the 20th year PdP Product Design Gala on May 19th. This will be a proud day to present and celebrate the many hours of hard work that the students have put in to develop their awesome products. So mark your calendar and come fall in love with the results of this year’s PdP course!

What: Product Design Gala
When: 19.05.2017, 9-17
Where: Aalto Design Factory and Urban Mill

We would highly appreciate it if you’d mark as going and share the event with your friends on Facebook:

“All you need is Love, Design, Business, and Engineering.”

Eetu, Bijan, and Antti

Kutsu: Espoo-päivän tapahtumat Urban Millissä 29.8.2015 sekä yli sata muuta tapahtumaa ympäri Espoota


Perinteistä Espoo-päivää vietetään jälleen elokuun viimeisenä lauantaina 29.8. aamusta iltaan ympäri kaupunkia. Mukana on yli 100 erilaista tapahtumaa, joihin kaikkiin on vapaa pääsy. Tapahtumat tarjoavat Espoon kaupunki ja espoolaiset yhteisöt ja yritykset.

Kokonaisuudessa on mukana ihania kaupunkijuhlia, vuosittaisia suosikkeja ja paljon uutuuksia. Tutustu koko tapahtumatarjontaan Espoo-päivän nettisivuilla ja poimi suosikkisi.

Urban Mill & Design Factory on yksi Espoo-päivän tapahtumapaikoista

PDP Gala 2015_220515_print_35_30972Tule tekemään itse! Opi design-menetelmiä! Kokeile uutta! Tapaa suunnittelijoita. Onnistu yhdessä. Vie tuotokset kotiin. Experimenting at Otaniemi Innovation Alley! Työpajoja, kilpailuja ja tekemistä lapsille, nuorille ja perheille. Mahdollisuus tutustua yritysten ja tiimien tekemiin protoihin, demoihin ja näyttelyihin. Katso tästä tarkemmat tiedot Espoo-päivän tapahtumista Urban Millissä ja Design Factoryssa klo 10-14

Katso kaikki Otaniemen Espoo-päivän tapahtumat tästä:

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