Discover the Innovation Ecosystem of Helsinki Smart Region
Welcome to the Helsinki Smart Region – Map! Here, you can find information about key players driving innovation in the Helsinki Smart Region, including universities, research institutions, and innovation hubs.
The featured companies on the map are the winners of Business Finland’s challenge competition, recognized as leading companies and innovation drivers in Finland.
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4Recycling is an innovation ecosystem that strives to build new solutions for enhanced recycling of plastics and to develop bio-based materials to replace plastics. The ecosystem is open for organisations interested in finding new business or in building new competences in plastics’ recycling and bio-based alternatives.
The BATCircle consortium aims at improving the manufacturing processes of mining, metals refining, and battery chemicals industries, and at increasing the recycling efficiency of lithium-ion batteries. The consortium is built on the principles of collaboration and joint research interests between companies and research organisations.
Project partners: Aalto University, University of Oulu, University of Eastern Finland, Lappeenranta–Lahti University of Technology, Geological Survey of Finland GTK, Technical Research Center of Finland VTT
The project Circular Economy Goes East and West aims to support and facilitate such systemic transformation of circular economy at Uusimaa Region, with such means as broad multi-actor collaboration, cocreation,and impartial coordination. The objective of the project is to facilitate and accelerate the realization of business opportunities in accordance with circular economy and the building up of a circular economy business ecosystem.
CIRCuIT – Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities
CIRCuIT (Circular Construction In Regenerative Cities) is an international project focusing on circular construction. The project aims to develop a set of replicable circular economy criteria for public tenders on construction.
Project time: 5/2019-11/2023
Project partners in Finland: HSY (Coordinator of the Finnish cluster), City of Vantaa, Tampere University, Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre, Ramboll Finland Oy and Umacon Oy
Circular Economy for a Shopping Center (Kiertotalousostoskeskus)
In the project, a functional, profitable and scalable operating model is developed for a circular economy shopping center. The idea of the operating model is that the products of the shopping center using new natural resources are recycled, renewed, made from recycled materials, can be rented or are suitable for shared use - but still stylish and of high quality.
Project partners: Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre Ltd, City of Helsinki, Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY, Finnish Environment Agency Syke, Helsinki City Transport Authority HKL, City of Espoo, LAB Design Institute, Haaga-Helia, Aalto University, Nortecon, Mall of Tripla
In the project, sustainable solutions are tested and piloted to promote the sharing and circular economy together with housing associations and companies that support green growth. Experiments and pilots are related to, among other things, sustainable movement, shared use, yard improvement and urban farming, as well as circular economy-themed event production.
Project partners: the Helsinki Region Environmental Services HSY, Forum Virium Helsinki, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and Aalto University
Circulte Electronics is a marketplace that supports the circular economy, where you can sell used devices and buy them refurbished. This marketplace is part of the CEDIM project (Circular Economy Digital Marketplace.)
Project partners: Haaga-Helia, Metropolia, Fiare Solutions Oy
The Closed Plastic Circle - from Pilots into Practice -project aims to increase plastic recycling in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area to 60–70% in the future, instead of the current 6%. In order to achieve the goal, measures are needed at all stages of the circulation, including product design, production and use.
Project partners: City of Espoo, VTT, HSY, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, LAB University of Applied Sciences, Salpakierto Oy, Muovipoli Oy and Muoviyhdistys ry
The project examines and develops methods to measure and calculate the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the delivery chains of the built environment, as well as to manage them based on reliable data. The research focuses on the management of both direct and indirect emissions.
ExpandFibre is an R&D collaboration and an Ecosystem launched to accelerate the development of sustainable bioproducts. It focuses on upgrading pulp fibres, hemicellulose and lignin from renewable and sustainable sources of straw and northern wood into new bioproducts. Its ambition is to meet the growing demands for sustainable textile fibres and other added value biomaterials.
The Finix project brings together large and SME companies as well as startups in the textile and forest industry and in waste processing together with non-governmental organizations and decision-makers to co-develop a sustainable textile system based on cutting-edge research.
Project partners: Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Aalto Univeristy
The goal of the project is to develop solutions for the challenges that man-made cellulose fiber (MMCF) technologies currently developed in Finland will face when they will be integrated into the textile chain. In the project, advanced analytical tools will be utilised to better understand how alternative biobased raw materials can be used for existing and new spinning technology.
Gastro workshops is a two-year food tourism development project operating. The project contributes to the increase of entrepreneurs’ competence in responsible actions, e.g. as consuming local food and reducing wasted food.
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Circular Valley is a regional initiative striving for a carbon neutral Helsinki-Uusimaa region by 2030. The Valley is a community of experts, municipalities, companies, organisations and research institutes that form an innovation ecosystem. It acts as an accelerator for innovative solutions and pilots in areas like construction, food chains, textiles, plastics, and electronics. As a regional ecosystem, the Valley facilitates new business opportunities while building a good living environment for our citizens. We search, develop and share knowledge, knowhow, data, ideas, resources and networks.
Kelmuvex project targets a cost-efficient holistic solution for plastic waste discharged into the environment, including tracking and identification, recovery and valorisation. The main goal of the project is to prepare a complete solution for plastic waste released into the environment, which includes the entire value chain.
Project partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, RiverRecycle, WIMAO, LAMOR, Valmet
The community fridge is a space and community open to everyone. It is available to anyone who wants to share and/or collect surplus food. The aim is to reduce food waste and to support sustainable food culture. The community fridge offers an easy way to take part in solving global climate and food waste issues.
Project time: Activities have continued after the pilot period ended in 2020
Project partners: Keru community fridge association
The project creates an operating model for the development of a circular economy, which helps companies develop their own operations and grow their business according to circular economy models in cooperation with local and municipal operators.
New Cotton project develops and tests technologies and circular economy models for recycling textiles and utilizing textile waste. Twelve players in the fashion and textile industries are breaking new ground by demonstrating an entirely circular model for commercial garment production.
Project partners: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences XAMK, Infinited Fiber Company, Aalto University, adidas, Fashion for Good, Frankenhuis, H&M Group, Inovafil, Kipas Textiles, REvolve Waste, RISE, Tekstina
The Plastics Circularity project is based on sustainability and it deals with the following themes: 1. Regulations and standards, 2. Design for Circularity, 3. Data and traceability, 4. Optimization and validation of the use of recycled plastics
PlastLIFE SIP – Sustainable circular economy of plastics
The project promotes the implementation of Finland's plastic road map. The goal is a sustainable circular economy of plastics by 2035. Demonstrations, experiments, research, development, product design, analysis, communication and campaigning are carried out in the project.
Project partners: Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
The pilot platform for pyrolytic recycling of plastic -PlastPyro project develops functional solutions for the chemical recycling of plastic. The goal of the project is to further develop VTT Bioruukki's innovation platform and convert the current biomass pyrolysis pilot equipment into one suitable for the pyrolysis of mixed plastic waste.
Project time: 1.8.2021-31.8.2023
Project partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
PlastPyro INVEST is an investment project of a pilot platform for pyrolytic recycling of plastic. The goal of the project is to make the necessary equipment changes to the current pyrolysis technology pilot intended for biomass processing, so that it would be versatile for pyrolysis piloting of various plastic wastes. The project is related to the development project of PlastPyro, a pilot platform for plastic pyrolytic recycling.
Project partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
The goal of the project is to develop the operating environment of circular economy SMEs, to increase the volume of use of recycled materials by responding to the material needs of SMEs, and to support SMEs in the development of profitable business.
Project partners: Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre
The Future of Nonwovens project aims to bring sustainable manufacturing within the nonwoven value chain. FoN supports the ExpandFibre mission, which includes establishing a Center of Excellence to enhance collaboration between partners within the nonwovens value chain.
Project partnes: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, VTT, Infinited Fiber Company, Fortum, Metsä Spring, Infinited Fiber Company, UPM, CH-Polymers, Suominen, Anpap, Valmet
TREASoURcE aims to initiate systemic change by developing systemic circular economy solutions in cities and regions for currently underutilised or unused plastic waste, end-of-life electric vehicle batteries and bio-based waste and side streams. Implementing these solutions together with companies, societies (including citizens, consumers, communities and regional actors) and experts in the field is expected to significantly increase product and material circulation.
Project partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd,