Review for Donors 2022
Thank you for your continuous support to Aalto University!
Your support ensures that Finland can remain competitive and that our students receive top-quality education. It enhances the ability of world-class researchers to continue discovering and innovating toward a better world.
Leave a better future as your legacy
Your will can be a first step toward something new. By including Aalto University in your will, you can turn your legacy into a sustainable future.
For further info, please contact:
Aalto University Donor Engagement
+358 50 362 2243
Donations to Prodeko fund will be used to strengthen high-quality teaching and research in industrial engineering and management.
‘For a long time science, research and expertise have been the driving forces of Finland’s success. In the light of the increasingly technological lifestyle and the existential problems facing humanity, the significance of innovations is growing. Universities play a key role in this. Aalto University has quickly emerged as one of the key sources of vitality in Finland. Aalto’s role is also central to the renaissance of entrepreneurship, which is the core of our future competitiveness. Investing in Aalto is an investment in the future of Finland.’
Risto Siilasmaa, Chair of Aalto University’s Fundraising Advisory Board
The donation for the teaching and research in smart building services engineering and smart buildings has accelerated the development of the field and inspired new students.
Remember to claim tax deductions on your donation!
Did you know that your donations to Aalto University are tax-deductible? You can deduct monetary donations totalling €850 or more during the calendar year. This means that you can make your donation in several installments. The maximum tax-deductible donation is €250,000 for companies and organisations and €500,000 for private individuals.
Every year up to 100 new companies are established by the Aalto community.
Aalto Ventures Program (AVP) is the entrepreneurship education program at Aalto University. It reaches about 2,000 students annually. At AVP, students work in multidisciplinary teams and do handson exercises focusing on sustainability. AVP’s vision is that everyone can benefit from having entrepreneurial skills.
A-Grid is one of Europe’s largest community spaces. It brings more than 140 startups, small businesses, creative entrepreneurs, accelerators and other partners together under the same roof at the Aalto campus.
Aalto Innovation Services aims to convert research results into positive societal impacts through commercialisation. Typically, about 150 inventions are published and about five spinout companies are set up annually.
Aalto Startup Center is a hybrid accelerator for less than 3-year-old companies with focus on technology industry in particular. It makes use of Aalto University’s interdisciplinary expertise in design, business and technology. Every year, some 50 companies are involved, 10 of which operate under ESA BIC Finland which specialises in space technology. About 20 early stage startup companies are selected each year to the Urban Tech Helsinki incubator established in collaboration with the City of Helsinki.
Aalto Entrepreneurship Society is Europe’s largest and most active student-led entrepreneurship community. It participates in educating and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The community organises Junction hackathon every year and has its own incubator program called Ignite. The startup and tech event, Slush, originates from Aalto’s student community.
Valuable information from the donor survey
In 2021, more than 400 private and organisational Aalto donors participated in a survey to map out the donors’ needs and wishes. The results of the yearly survey will help us to better serve our donors.
The survey indicated that the majority of private donors are Aalto alumni in the fields of technology and business. Another finding was that one important reason for donating is a personal bond to the university. In addition, the donation is often based on a donation target the donor finds important and a desire to do a good deed.
‘Thank you so much for participating! The responses are truly valuable for developing our operation,’ says Sinikka Heikkala, Head of Donor Engagement at Aalto.
Matching funding campaign has ended - thanks to all who donated!
A donation to Aalto University is an investment in a sustainable and competitive Finland. Together, we can solve society’s biggest challenges.
The Finnish government’s matching funding campaign increases the impact of your donation until 30 June 2022. As a donor, you’ll be supporting high-quality research and the education of future changemakers. During the campaign, the Finnish government will provide capital to Aalto University in proportion to the donations received.
An environment that supports interaction is being built in Otaniemi for research, innovations, learning and the arts. The goal of campus development is a mixture of valuable history and new kind of planning.
School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Väre), shopping centre A Bloc and startup community A Grid opened.
School of Business building opened. Renovation of Aalto University Töölö began.
Campus outdoor area improvement began. Aalto University Töölö renovation completed. Renovation of the old shopping centre in Otaniemi began.
Construction of Aalto Works, Student Centre, Otakaari 2A & B and residential buildings.
Development of university buildings, new student housing, residential and office buildings.
Aalto University's key figures 2021
In 2021, Aalto University Endowment received €13M (€3M)* new donations, of which 73% were targeted to the field of technology, 24% to business and 3% to art and design.