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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List of changes:

18 April 2023 – 81 locations added to the map

Research institutions

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)

Finnish Environment Institute (Syke) offers expertise on environmental concerns, including climate change, pollution, eutrophication, and biodiversity loss. The institute is overseen by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Image: SYKE
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Finnish Food Safety Authority

The Finnish Food Safety Authority ensures safety and quality of food, plant and animal health, and related products in agriculture and forestry. It also manages EU funds for agricultural and rural development in Finland. Image: Finnish Food Safety Authority
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Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)

The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) promotes the welfare, health, and safety of Finnish population through research, expert work, and developing the welfare society. They prevent illnesses and social problems while supporting the healthcare system. Image: THL
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Finnish Meteorological Institute

The Finnish Meteorological Institute conducts research on the atmosphere, seas, and near space, and provides weather, climate, air quality, and near space services for public safety, business, and citizens. It operates under the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Image: Finnish Meteorological Institute
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Geological Survey of Finland

The Geological Survey of Finland GTK produces impartial research and services in support of decision-making in industry, academia, and wider society to accelerate the transition to sustainable and carbon-neutral world. Image: GTK
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Helsinki University Hospital

Helsinki University Hospital (HUS) is Finland's largest healthcare provider and second-largest employer, offering specialist medical care for rare and severe diseases, as well as collaborating with the University of Helsinki on research, education, and trials programs to develop new ways of identifying and treating diseases. Image: HUS
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HIIT is a joint effort of Aalto University & University of Helsinki to fund and support information technology research. Computer Science researchers from both universities and Aalto's Information & Communications Engineering department form the research community. Image: HIIT
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HiLIFE - Helsinki Institute of Life Science is one of the leading life science research institutes in the Nordics. It supports outstanding research and generation of innovations across the University’s campuses to create an attractive international environment where today’s grand challenges in health and environment are solved together. Image: HiLIFE
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ICOS is a European-wide research infrastructure that produces standardized data on greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere and carbon fluxes between the atmosphere, the earth, and oceans. The data is used by scientists and decision-makers to predict and mitigate climate change, and is based on measurements from over 168 stations across 16 European countries.  Image: ICOS
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The Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) at the University of Helsinki is a multi-disciplinary research unit focused on atmospheric and Earth system science. Its goal is to contribute scientific results to environmental and climate policy on a national and international level. Image: INAR
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Kumpula Business Labs

Kumpula Business Labs (KBL) is an entrepreneurship hub located in Helsinki, Finland, that supports the creation and growth of startup companies. It is a joint initiative of Aalto University, the University of Helsinki, and the City of Helsinki, with the aim of combining academic research with business development. Image: Kumpula Business Labs
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Natural Resources Institute Finland

The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is a research organisation operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. Luke’s task is to promote competitive business based on the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, as well as wellbeing and the vitality of the countryside. Image: Natural Resources Institute Finland

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The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Sitra is an accountable and independent future-oriented fund that is influential nationally and internationally and acts as a think tank, promoter of experiments and operating models and a catalyst for co-operation. Image: SITRA
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Viikki Research Farm

The Viikki Research Farm spans 155 hectares of arable land and houses 60 genetically high-merit dairy cows. It offers a modern farm infrastructure that supports diverse research needs, such as feed preservation, alternative protein crop production, dairy cow welfare studies, and dietary strategies to reduce emissions. The farm is a part of the HiLIFE infrastructures. Image: University of Helsinki
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VTT is a top research institution in Europe, owned by the Finnish government. Their goal is to promote the practical use and commercialization of research and technology in both business and society. Image: VTT