Smart & clean networks in Finland

Smart & clean refers to any and all sectors where it’s possible to do significant reductions in resource use or emissions. I think of the name as being short for “smart cities and cleantech”. Almost the same as cleantech, but acknowledging that valuable solutions can be non-techy as well.

Here are the networks of the field in Finland. Most of them focus on helping the right people in the industry meet, for example by providing events and matchmaking for startups, corporations, investors and mentors. I will be updating this page as the ecosystem develops and new information comes in, so it’s worth to check back monthly.

Built environment

Smart homes, real estate, construction, infrastructure etc.

PropTech Finland – Part of the international PropTech organization network

KIRAHub – Has organized more than 150 pilot projects between startups and corporations.

Client: Combient Foundry organizes piloting calls by 30 corporations, several of which are looking for smart solutions related to buildings and construction. They organize 2-3 calls for solutions per year.

Mobility

ITS Finland – Part of the international Intelligent Transportation Systems network

Jätkäsaari (Helsinki) Mobility Lab – Testbed that organizes pilot projects for startups as well as networking and informational events

Energy

Smart Otaniemi – Focuses on helping companies form consortiums to apply for national/EU funding for pilot projects

Valkea Growth Club by Fortum – Incubator and VC

Investors

Helen Ventures – Helen is short for Helsinki Energy, a large utility company

Grid.vc – Founded by three utility companies and with other industry corporations as partners

Also note the Valkea Growth Club by Fortum above. Fortum is the largest utility company in Finland, with many international branches.

Food

Food & Beyond by EIT & VTT

Corporation: Fazer (Lab) – International food industry giant, looking to pilot new solutions as a client and potential investor

Investor: Nordic FoodTech VC

Circular Economy

CircVol by 6Aika – Circular economy of volumes, such as land mass and liquids

Event: Digitally Circular – Bi-monthly, always with a different theme like energy, food, corporate-startup partnerships etc. Excellent speakers from the industry every time. This is where I’ve met many good contacts in the industry.

General

Forum Virium – Dozens of pilot projects every year for startups by the City of Helsinki

Helsinki testbeds – Upcoming website about piloting opportunities in Helsinki. Will update the link here once the site is live

6Aika – Consortium of the six biggest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. They develop the innovation ecosystem jointly so that a startup solving a challenge in one city can start offering the same solution in other cities with less hassle. Many things they do become de facto standards in Finland. They organize many piloting and ecosystem support projects, such as CircVol, so that each city has a representative facilitating the activity there. They have plenty of ongoing and upcoming projects that are worth staying informed about.

Salo IoT Campus

Smart & Clean Foundation – Brings together public sector, corporations and others to help them identify and implement sustainability-improving solutions. The project is active until 6/2021.

CLIC Innovation – Organizes innovation cluster development and ecosystem support activity on energy, circular economy and bioeconomy.

Demos Helsinki – In addition to their think tank side, they manage ecosystem development projects like Peloton Club and the international SmartUp Accelerator.

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