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.
Espoo Innovation Garden hotspots
Design Factory aka Defa, born in 2008, it is a prototype, an active, interdisciplinary place for product development. Step in to view some of the newest and most creative technical and scientific experiments by the students of the Aalto University. The continuously evolving space gives the opportunity for both students pupils and university employees to co-create, prototype and learn by doing. For a visitor, Defa is a great and enchanting opportunity to view the future that is being built in the Aalto-university in a miniature form.
The eager Millers of the Urban Mill are in perpetual motion. This innovative community born to the former bridge engineers test-hall is an excellent example of the Finnish concept of operation. Urban Mill is the home base for several development projects. It is a co-creation space where people can meet, learn and solve problems together. The rough, but colorful space is full of second-hand furniture and agile workspace solutions. The existence of Urban Mill is based on synergies, prototyping and doing things together. The rooms and tools can be rented by companies, students, researchers, residents, organizations - anyone. One of the Millers most beloved slogans is “Demo or die!”