Helsinki urban tech incubator teams with local universities

Helsinki urban tech incubator teams with local universities

The programme will also provide visibility in Helsinki's start-up ecosystem

The programme will also provide visibility in Helsinki’s start-up ecosystem

The Urban Tech Helsinki incubator, which focuses on clean and sustainable urban solutions, has strengthened its roster with two new partners – the University of Helsinki and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences – joining the project.


This marks the first time that Helsinki and its three universities will engage in incubator-related cross-organisational cooperation with the aim of drawing new experts and businesses to its metropolitan area.


Start-up companies


Established by the City of Helsinki and Aalto University, the incubator will hold its first round of applications (open to Helsinki-based start-up companies) from 30 June to 22 August.


“Together with its partners, Helsinki will build the best innovation ecosystem in the world and accelerate the process of solving global sustainability challenges,” said Santtu von Bruun, head of innovations and new experiments for the City of Helsinki.


“The Urban Tech Helsinki incubator brings together Finnish top-tier research, Helsinki’s excellent start-up ecosystem and global challenges related to the sustainability of cities, which offer opportunities worth billions of euros to Finland and innovative Finnish companies.”


Each year, 15-20 start-up companies will be accepted for the free three-year coaching programme, which includes an incubator period lasting for at least one year. The aim of the inaugural application period is to find companies from all areas of sustainable urban technology, which include sustainable construction, the circular economy, waste management, clean energy and mobility, and urban food production and wellbeing.

“The only way to meet sustainability challenges is to cooperate across organisations and divisions”

For the start-ups selected, the incubator programme will provide the opportunity to take part in resolving the most substantial challenges faced by cities, using authentic urban environments and the City’s test beds and platforms.


In addition to this, the companies get to network with organisations and companies focusing on research, development and innovations activities. The programme will also provide visibility in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area’s start-up ecosystem.


“The Urban Tech Helsinki incubator represents exactly the kind of innovation activities that we at Metropolia believe in and want to develop. The only way to meet sustainability challenges is to cooperate across organisations and divisions,” added Antti Laurikainen, RDI manager at Metropolia.


“The cooperation will provide the teams with new channels through which to access the City of Helsinki test beds and platforms. The incubator programme also supports us with our goal of developing Metropolia’s campuses into internationally significant hubs of innovation and business as part of the start-up ecosystem in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.”


Urban Tech Helsinki website will open on 28 June.


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