Quantum computing and augmented reality – Aalto brings six world changing startups to Slush

The companies were based in Aalto University's research. Each of these companies strives to solve major, global problems.
Slush 2018 Kuva: Mikko Raskinen
Slush Helsinki 2018. Image: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

More than a decade ago, Aalto University students began challenging the idea of traditional entrepreneurship. The university took up the challenge and decided to support the students. Passionate students and a free warehouse as a workspace revolutionised how entrepreneurship was seen in Finland.

As a result, the largest and most active student-led entrepreneurship community in Europe, Aalto Entrepreneurship Society (Aaltoes), was formed around the university , and it strives to be the best community in the world. One by one, Aaltoes has solved the problems startups often face. Many well-known concepts come from their activities: Slush, Startup Sauna and Junction.

Aalto University’s diverse and energetic ecosystem consists of both student-led and university-run entrepreneurial activities.

Research-based entrepreneurship solves global problems 

Aalto University brings six startups based on university research to this year's Slush. Each of these companies strives to solve major, global problems. This year, the startup companies are introduced through what if questions.

What if  a software could foster world peace? 
Inforglobe offers a new solution in the form of participatory software that will make sure that everyone can be engaged and have their voice heard in planning and decision making.

What if  quantum computing could cut all car pollution?
IQM, with its unique technologies, is aiming to realize the first scalable general-purpose quantum computer in the world.  

What if you didn't have to own anything? 
In addition to making a more experienced-based rental service platform, Rentle also wants to change the way people consume, from a very unsustainable owning culture to one where any item will be in service for a large number of customers.

What if AR could help you find a cup of free coffee at Slush?
VimAI uses machine learning mixed with computer vision to bring on a new kind of augmented intelligence for indoor settings, all accessible on a smartphone and with no hefty infrastructure investment.

What if nanotech could save lives?
Xfold imaging has created what looks like a straightforward piece of glass, but what is a very powerful signal enhancer that can be incorporated into existing microscopes, thus giving way more power and possibilities than the vastly more expensive microscopes.

What if AI video could solve the food crisis?
Yield Systems have produced an AI-powered production instrument that, paired with machine learning, can get high accuracy estimates of a crop’s full canopy. This is then turned into rich data that could then help to create plants that can tolerate post-climate conditions and even stave off starvation in the foreseeable future. 

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Startups at Aalto University's stand

What if a software could foster world peace?

What if a software could foster world peace?

Inforglobe has created a participatory decision software which assists organisations, both in the private and public sector, and in participatory risk management, and strategy process, and it will come in handy for a significant number of challenging situations.

Entä jos kvanttilaskenta vähentäisi merkittävästi autoilun päästöjä?(kuva: Aleksi Neuvonen)

What if quantum computing could cut all car pollution?

Quantum computing reduces processing times from millions of years to mere seconds, compared to the fastest supercomputer. IQM is turning this remarkable fact into a scale-able reality

photo: Aleksi Neuvonen

What if you didn’t have to own anything?

Rentle is leading the charge on a new sustainable consumption model based on renting, and their approach is to make it much easier for businesses to run a rental business model with a simplified, modernised and powerful platform.

photo: Aleksi Neuvonen

What if AR Navigation could help you find free coffee at Slush?

VimAI uses machine learning mixed with computer vision to bring on a new kind of augmented reality or as they say, augmented intelligence, for indoor settings. It’s all easily accessible on a smartphone, and with no hefty infrastructure investment.

photo: Aleksi Neuvonen

What if AI video could solve the food crisis?

Yield Systems aims to have a significant sustainable impact on the global food system by democratising AI capabilities for plant breeding and speeding up the development of crop yields and adaptation

photo: Aleksi Neuvonen

What if nanotech could save lives?

Xfold Imaging’s innovative solutions enable the study of cellular structures and bio-molecules at a nano-scale resolution which has, up until now, not been possible. Looking this deep will give earlier diagnostics to stop disease outbreaks in their tracks, allow pharmaceutical companies to design better drugs.


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