The City of Helsinki and Aalto University said they have agreed to establish a new incubator Urban Tech Helsinki for clean and sustainable urban solutions solving the challenges faced by modern cities.

A special emphasis will be on clean energy, mobility, sustainable construction, the circular economy, waste management and urban food production, Helsinki said in a statement.

“Urban Tech Helsinki is an excellent addition to Helsinki’s innovation ecosystem, because the City wants to take a more active role as a platform for interesting and result-oriented innovations that seek solutions to the greatest global challenges of our time and generate new export opportunities.”

Mayor Jan Vapaavuori

“The goals of Urban Tech Helsinki align very nicely with Aalto University’s strategy for building a sustainable future. Aalto’s aim is to remodel society through research-based information, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking,” said President of Aalto University Ilkka Niemelä.

Urban Tech Helsinki will operate in the premises of startup campus Maria 01 and on Aalto University’s Otaniemi Campus. The cooperation agreement between Helsinki and Aalto University with regard to the Urban Tech Helsinki activities will remain in effect 2021–2025.

The aim is to open applications for the incubator in June.

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