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News: Archive 2015

Ecompter Video Introduces Carbon Management Software For Hotels (

15.01.2015 January 14, 2015 - Ecompter, the carbon and energy management software solution designed specifically for hotels, has launched in the UK and to help hotels understand the benefits of carbon management the Ecompter team have created a handy introductory video.

Trend series: Circular Economy (, blog)

19.01.2015 As one of the greatest challenges facing our planet is the growing scarcity of natural resources, it is no surprise that the circular economy approach is promoted as one of the most important sustainability trends for 2015.

Exaget set for expansion with €700k investment ( Press Release)

05.02.2015 London, UK: 02 February 2015 – Exaget, a radio advertising technology company, has begun 2015 with the announcement of a €700,000 equity investment from a combination of Finnish, Asian and UK investors. The company’s growth is a reflection of the movement in the radio industry where last year adspend was the highest it has been since 2000, up 8.9%.

Press Release | Public bicycle fixing stands are spreading around Finland

16.02.2015 More than 80 bicycle fixing stands will be available in Finland for public use already during this year. While large corporations are just talking about ecology, Finnish start-up company BFIX Oy encourages sustainable lifestyle by providing its solution to people.

Aalto Start-Up Center business accelerator has created nearly two thousand new jobs

27.02.2015 In 2013 alone the number of new jobs created increased by almost 20 per cent.

Business opportunities for European Young Entrepreneurs - Biz4EYE 1.2.2015 - 31.1.2017

05.03.2015 SEP-210194257 Basing on the Erasmus for Entrepreneurs Programme overall objectives to facilitate young entrepreneurs’ access to on-the job transnational training, to enhance entrepreneurship culture and encourage cross-border training in Europe, Biz4EYE project will promote entrepreneurship to allow young entrepreneurs to practice business in real scenario, supporting them in the creation and development of their companies.

Patterns from Finland has been released! (

11.03.2015 First open database aimed for Finnish designers, Patterns from Finland, has been released 11.3.2015. The customers are companies in the need of textile and surface design services both in Finland and abroad,especially in Japan, Russia and Central Europe.

Smarp set to continue growth in 2015 with expansion plans (

13.03.2015 Smarp, a Finnish company that prides itself on helping businesses grow through employee advocacy programs, has announced their plans for expansion in Oslo and Stockholm.

Erasmus for Young entrepreneurs 15th Network meeting gathered almost 180 participants from Europe!

18.03.2015 Already 15th Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Network Meeting for the intermediary organisations was arraged in Bryssels 10-11.3.2015. The event gathered 176 local contact points (i.e. the intermediary organisations or IOs) from all across Europe in Brussels to discuss various aspects of the Erasmus programme, learn new things, share good practices and network!

Solarch: Innovation for next-generation home and self-care (

23.03.2015 A customer-oriented approach gave birth to the online health service that lets its users store and update their family members' health information online, and the information can then be used in emergency and home care.

Aalto ELEC Entrepreneurship afternoon attracted large numbers of people again

17.04.2015 At best, entrepreneurship is the collection of experiences and utilisation of what has been learned.' This was stated by Fredrik Sirén at the Entrepreneurship afternoon targeting students, which was organised at the School of Electrical Engineering on 14 April, 2015.

Press is a Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winner

17.04.2015 The start-up company Inc. announced today it has been selected a Winner of the Red Herring's Top 100 Europe award.

Forget fitness apps, new Finnish virtual coach improves life skills (

21.04.2015 No fitness tracking or instant results here, Helsinki-based Newolo has taken a different approach to wellbeing. Its virtual coaching service improves mental fitness through cognitive behavioural methods.

Aalto Start-Up Center Continues to Facilitate Investor Matchmaking

29.04.2015 Aalto Start-Up Center has offered coaching related customer meetings and investor meetings for their startup companies for years. The key idea behind, however, has not been only to focus on pitch trainings and pitch events, but to build a more comprehensive system to facilitate the matchmaking of prominent startups and investors.

Aalto Start-Up Center success stories now in book form

30.04.2015 The book tells the story of twelve protégés of the Aalto business incubator in the entrepreneurs' own words.

Business Intelligence and Information Technology in Enterprise Workshop (BIITE)

11.05.2015 Success Shopping Finland Oy and Afrogate Ky are organizing an international workshop in Helsinki in mid-July 2015 with a theme of business opportunities in Nigeria.

Aalto Start-Up Center Newsletter June 2015

11.06.2015 Dear partners, mentors, investors, and extended friends of Aalto Start-Up Center   This year has been a very exciting and productive time for Aalto Start-Up Center. With this letter we would like to thank you for your continued, invaluable contribution and partnership, which makes all the difference!

Finnish multimedia company Tunnelground combines games and comics - crowdfunding now

25.06.2015 Founded in Helsinki in 2012, Tunnel Ground is set to expand into the US market in the summer with a new business model based on games and comics. The company is also aiming for the 50-million-player market in the Middle East and North Africa.

Solarch brings digitalisation to self and homecare (source: Good News from Finland)

10.08.2015 Do you worry about family members living in different places? Finnish health tech startup Solarch may have the answer.

Medigoo spreads health through information, support and testing (source: Good News from Finland)

10.08.2015 Medigoo wants to help consumers take care of their own health. Information is shared for free, and its business lies in selling home tests. In April the company was included in the Top 100 list of the most promising European startups by the US media company Red Herring.

Readerstage ticks a box on your bucket list (source: Good News from Finland)

18.08.2015 Similarly to a trip around the world, writing a book is a common thing on people’s bucket lists. With the help of Readerstage anyone can publish their debut novel. The service also provides both writers and readers a social space for sharing tips, advice, and conversations.

Mentor Matching Event coming soon!

31.08.2015 Our annual event for connecting our start-ups and experienced business mentors is approaching!

Autumn offer for OpenSpace 24/7

03.09.2015 Aalto Start-Up Center is a successful and fast developing business accelerator operating from within Aalto University. Our start-ups accelerate their growth with an excellent combination of business, technology and design know-how.

SportSetter raises $1M for fitness class finder app (source: Mobihealthnews)

10.09.2015 SportSetter, which offers an app that helps people find workout classes in their city, has raised $1 million in a round of funding led by Reaktor Fund. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $1.3 million.

Growth Booster - a program for growth companies

22.09.2015 There's still room to grow with our Growth Booster-program, starting October 1st!

Investor/Mentor Matching Event 8.10.2015

28.09.2015 Investors, mentors and Aalto Start-Up Center customers - welcome!    

Veikkaus is conducting a pilot of Veikkaus Points, a fully unique service developed in cooperation with Richen Oy and GameLayer

06.10.2015 Veikkaus Is a Pioneer in Gamification Veikkaus is conducting a pilot of Veikkaus Points, a fully unique service that we have developed in cooperation with Richen Oy and GameLayer. What is groundbreakingly new is that the service is based on a strong gamification perspective and it is currently used by up to over 50 000 Veikkaus’ loyal customers.  

Investors and Mentors Matched with Start-Ups

20.10.2015 The Investor/Mentor Pitching event was organised by Aalto Start-Up Center (ASUC) in cooperation with Nordea, Kalliolaw, FiBAN and Success Shopping Finland. At the event, organised on 8 October, growth entrepreneurs looking for an investor and mentor were able to pitch their business ideas.

Stramos announces UK launch at Plasa Show 2015 (source: Stramos)

20.10.2015 Helsinki, Finland: Stramos, a Finnish creative LED solutions company, announces the start of its UK operation at Plasa 2015, ExCel London. Having delivered many projects in Finland in the past years, Stramos sees great interest in its creative 2D and 3D shaped LED screens for events and trade shows overseas.


10.11.2015 Aalto Start-Up Center is a successful and fast developing business accelerator operating within Aalto University. It helps start-ups accelerate their growth with an excellent combination of commercial, technical and design know-how. The accelerator has been an integral part of the business school since 1997 and over 700 companies have been through the process, with over 2500 jobs created.

Scrooge: keeping tabs on who owes who (Source:

16.11.2015 Startup event Slush brings together some of Finland’s most exciting startups in fintech.  

Kwork in two different job fairs (source: Kwork)

16.11.2015 Kwork took part in two different job fairs in Espoo 3-4.11.2015

Aalto Open Space Holiday Season Special Offer

20.11.2015 Special offer for Holiday Season - the quicker you act, the more you benefit!

Aalto Start-Up Center presented at two fairs in November

23.11.2015 Not only November's biggest event, Slush, brought entrepreneurs and business talents together: ARENA 2015 – fair in Aalto University School of Business and TalentIT – fair in Otaniemi aroused huge interest

Press Release: Is a Winner of the 2015 Red Herring Global 100 Award

25.11.2015 Red Herring announced its Top 100 Global in recognition of the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia today, celebrating these startups' innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

Happy Holidays

26.11.2015 The registration is already closed, but you can join the waiting list by mailing kaisa.ahonen[a]

Lammervo&Torikka Oy and Mezuria start collaboration (source: Mezuria)

18.12.2015 Two of our portfolio companies collaborate for customer-centered human resources approach.

Accelerating the Game Changers - Another trailblazer year for Aalto Start-Up Center!

18.12.2015 It has been another very successful year for Aalto Start-Up Center with over 70 startups– 70% benefitting from accelerator services and 30% as pre-phase and newly established OpenSpace 24/7 agile working companies. Aalto Start-Up Center has facilitated their startups to secure over €15 million in funding & investments in 2015.