Visit Espoo Innovation Garden
Espoo Innovation Garden is the largest innovation hub in Northern Europe
Espoo Innovation Garden is an ecosystem of startups, scaleups, growth companies and large international corporates, R&D centres, and Aalto University. It is a physical place in Espoo as well as a collaboration platform and an active community of students, talents, and innovators.
The Keilaniemi-Otaniemi-Tapiola area is the heart of the Innovation Garden. The area is the biggest innovation hub in Northern Europe and home to, for example, Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, headquarters of companies like Kone, Fortum, Neste Oil and Rovio and startup accelerators like Startup Sauna. In June 2018, Espoo Innovation Garden was selected as the world's most intelligent community in the Intelligent Community Awards 2018.
Aalto University’s startup ecosystem is already highly developed. Aalto is aiming to build the largest startup ecosystem in Europe by changing the old university buildings to startup co-working spaces. The most famous startups born in Espoo Innovation Garden are Rovio, creator of Angry Birds, and Supercell, known best for Clash of Clans, as well as the startup mega event called Slush. Slush gathers every year over 20.000 participants to match make startups to investors. It is the largest startup matchmaking event in Europe run by students. Discover the startup hotspots here.
Science & technology
Espoo Innovation Garden is home of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland – the largest Technical Reasearch Centre in Northern Europe. Biorukki is another unique research facility in Espoo Innovation Garden. Bioruukki combines the knowledge of chemistry with energy and processing of biomass. Companies are able to use Bioruukki’s piloting equipment instead of spending money to build their own. Espoo is a great location for Bioruukki, as the city has a condense network of companies, research facilities and expert people. Discover the science & technology hotspots here.