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Open Innovation Meetup, Nordics_Helsinki

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Maria 01

Lapinlahdenkatu 16

Entrance 15C

00180 Helsinki


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Nordic Open Innovation Tour aims to promote the Nordics as a single open innovation market for global established companies. While increasing cross-border collaboration and promoting best practices within Nordics, the desirable goal is to increase the number of projects that Nordic startups work on with global companies, and promote the region for easy and feasible collaboration environment with standard practices.

Open Innovation Meetups Nordics’ vision includes:

I Strengthening and promoting the Nordics as a desirable single region (instead of domestic promotion) for open innovation for global established companies. Also, building first opportunities for collaboration.

II Make agreeing on pilot projects between corporations and startups faster with standard, Series Seed -style contracts. Increase understanding of open innovation with a guidebook.

III Establish an open innovation meetup tradition in Nordic hubs for Open Innovation challenge launches


14:00 Doors opened. Come and mingle with the organisers.

14:30 Food & Drinks

15:00 Opening words

15:15 “How to build a company around open innovation?”

  • Perttu Lähteenlahti, Product Designer, Perfektio

15:30 “Open Innovation Battleground”

  • Catalin Gheorghiu, Product Business Manager, Airbus

  • Tuomas Ilola, CEO, Steerpath

  • Samuli Pekkola, Professor, Institute of Tampere University of Technology

  • Moderator: Anna Korpela, Service Manager, Industryhack

15:50 “Finnair and Slush. Reasons behind the partnership”

  • Katri Harra-Salonen, CDO, Finnair

  • Miikka Kataja, Partnerships, Slush

16:10 “Journey of Maria 01 Corporate partners”

  • Olli-Pekka Nieminen, Innovation Manager, Konecranes

  • Mika Raitola, Innovation Manager, Telia

  • Kirill Kovalov, Maria01

16:30 “General Terms for Open Innovation Contest”

  • Petri Vilen, CEO, Industryhack

16:40 "Startup-corporate relationships - the Estonian way"

  • Kadi Villers, Head of Innovation Services at Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol

16:55 In-depth stories working with corporate partners

  • Iiro Nurmi, CEO, Junction

17:00 Launching Open Innovation Challenges

17:15 Curated networking, food and drinks continue.


Join us at the series of the events:

Helsinki - October 5, Maria 01

Oslo - October 12, MESH

Stockholm - October 18, Norrsken House

Copenhagen - October 25, Matrikel 1

Tallinn November 19-23, Startup Estonia


Organised with: Maria 01, Industryhack, Norrsken House, Matrikel1, Mesh, Startup Estonia

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Maria 01

Lapinlahdenkatu 16

Entrance 15C

00180 Helsinki


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