In recent years, the startup community has focused on inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. We think they’re inspired enough. Now, it’s time to start doing.
Aalto University and the startup event Slush
Aalto University and Slush share a long history together. Since its birth in the Aalto ecosystem in 2008, Slush has gathered the brightest minds of tech under the blistering lights of Messukeskus during the darkest time of the year. This year, everything was naturally different, and the event took place as a series of virtual get-togethers in the Node by Slush platform, built for the occasion.
Aalto University was once more proud to represent as one of the main partners of Slush, facilitating discussion around research-based startups and the many different paths that lead to impactful entrepreneurship. Many of those paths start from Aalto.
The Aalto way of creating entrepreneurs: an entrepreneurial mindset – and giving chance a chance
Two stories, one focusing on Aalto students from all backgrounds finding their feet as entrepreneurs through opportunities offered by our community, and the other telling the stories of our researchers-turned-startup-entrepreneurs, were published on Soaked by Slush during the autumn of 2020.
Aalto University, Europe's most vibrant startup platform
When it comes to fast, flexible response to change, we believe startups are a valuable asset. That is why we are also developing Aalto University as Europe’s most vibrant startup platform. We’re providing cross-campus collaboration, hands-on experiential programs, workspaces, mentorship, and incubation services. Up to 100 companies are founded every year in our ecosystem and 50% of Finnish startups that originate from universities come from the Aalto community.
2020 was a year of diversity, adaptability and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset.
Research Highlights: Our research-based innovations at Node by Slush
We showcased some of the most promising research-based innovations and startups rising from our ecosystem.
VIS (Vacuum Insulation System) - An Aalto University commercialization project funded by Business Finland
VIS (Vacuum Insulation System) is a new technology based on the idea of creating a vacuum inside a wooden construction element with the goal of achieving superinsulation and a long life cycle while using inexpensive materials. By lowering the pressure inside the element, we are able to utilize a technique called “vacuum drying” which ensures that the element will stay dry and healthy even in warm and moist conditions. These properties make VIS a perfect construction solution for demanding environments, such as indoor farming, where many insulation materials struggle. The goal of this project is to create the most energy and cost efficient indoor farming solution in the world called VIS Plant Factory.