Upgraded Life

Bringing health startups and innovation to the Helsinki Hospital Area

The premier startup-driven health innovation event in the Nordic & Baltic region

Taking place on 31 st May – 1 st June 2018 at the heart of Helsinki Hospital Area, Upgraded Life Festival celebrates its 5 th anniversary bringing world class keynotes to engage with the Nordic health industry. Speakers include Eric Friedman , CTO and Co-founder of Fitbit; Kacy Harding , Head of Data Analytics and Connected Products at Philips; Shafi Ahmed , multi award winning cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals; Zsuzsanna Varga , Global Head of Bayer G4A Digital Health, and many more.

International interest drives the Upgraded Life Festival 2018

Health technology is a significant export segment of Finnish industry, and Finland ranks among the three strongest health technology economies in the world – hence the event drives international interest.

“The Department for International Trade is looking forward to attending Upgraded Life Festival and showcasing the UK life science business opportunity for participants. Through our participation we hope to encourage the participants to look at the UK market as their preferred location for investment and trade”, says Christina Liaos, Nordic-Baltic Director of International Trade & Investment at the United Kingdom Department for International Trade.

Festival brings startup-driven health innovation to Hospital surroundings

Upgraded Life Festival is a startup-driven health innovation event with the aim of bringing together all parts of the health ecosystem. In 2017 the event gathered over 1100 participants, 100 startups, 80 speakers and 40 investors. The festival creates an opportunity for the rising stars of health tech to meet more established innovators across the industry, both Finnish and international. These opportunities are actively enhanced by the main partner Health Capital Helsinki, who is developing the Helsinki region into the best Northern European hub for life science- and healthtech-based innovations and business development.

Visit brand-new Children’s Hospital and other celebrated hospital areas during the festival

Showcasing the lasting international connections made through the festival, the Netherlands Embassy is bringing speakers and companies to Upgraded Life Festival for the 4th year in a row. In collaboration with Helsinki University Hospital, tours of the brand-new Children’s Hospital (opening autumn 2018), Helsinki Biobank, HUS VR-Lab and the awarded Comprehensive Cancer Center will be organised for festival attendees.

Upgraded Life Festival is organised by Upgraded , a non-profit association for health & wellbeing startups in Finland whose goal is to make sure that startup innovations have an established role in the society as a source of health and wellbeing solutions.

Contact person: Maria Nygård, Head of Upgraded Life Festival, +358 (0)40 769 0726, maria@upgraded.fi

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