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8 May I Start-ups Rising from Academia

Did you come up with an excellent tech idea but you wonder how to take the next steps?

Do you want to meet like-minded scientists and get motivation for your innovative work?

Have you heard about Entrepreneurial Hub Konttori?

Are you interested in listening (success)stories from the spinoffs rising from Turku academia?


Come and join this Thematics TeamUp networking event hosted by HDDD and FTDS where you will hear how to succeed in the startup world and to get motivation and gentle push for taking the big leap towards entrepreneurship. You will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and to find people who can support you on your startup path. Join us to network and get invaluable insights into the latest developments!

Since so many of you registered we will change the venue to Cave Auditorium, still in Joki Innovation Centre!


Start-Ups Rising from Academia

Mon 8.5.2023 at 13:30–16:30
Cave auditorium, Joki Innovation Centre 1st floor
Lemminkäisenkatu 12b, Turku


13:30                Mix and mingle with snacks and drinks

14:00                Welcome words
                         Jaakko Järvi, FTDS chair
                         Jyrki Heino, HDDD chair

14:10                 Key-note talk: The story of CardioSignal - Transforming
                         Science into Health Tech Business
                         Mikko Pänkäälä, Precordior Oy
14:30                Q&A 

14:40                Support and motivation for researchers with great ideas 
                         Marjo Pihlavisto, UTU support services for research based
                         David Oliva, TUAS approach to launch innovations
                         Tom Palenius, Turku Business Region and Turku Science
                         Park Ltd – networks and services for growing your business
15:00                Q&A 

15:10                 Five-minute talks by spin-offs raising from Turku academia
                         Henri Muurimaa, Eduten Ltd
                         Isabella Pönkkä and Nellie Inkinen, Pure Luminescence
                         Technologies Oy
                         Mikko Pohjola, Korpi Solutions Oy
                         Kaapo Seppälä, CTRL Reality Oy
                         Rufus Vinod and Lauri Koittola, Reilu Kuljetus
                         Miika Niemeläinen, 3DFLUOHISTO

15:40                Q&A 

15:50                Mix and mingle with snacks and drinks

16:30                Event ends


Registration to the event is now closed. However, if you would like to join please send email to Maija Lespinasse ( or Jonna Paavilainen ( and let's see what we can do!


We will have participants on-site from the following research networks and companies:

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Event organisers:

Future technologies and digital society (FTDS) participates in building a sustainable, straightforward and accessible digital society. The top research areas are materials and information technology, artificial intelligence and sustainable energy. The profile’s new initiatives in engineering education strengthen the multidisciplinary collaboration. 

Health, diagnostics and drug development (HDDD) focuses on research which creates medical and technological breakthroughs to advance population health. Turku region has a strong expertise cluster in health research where scientific research, public healthcare, and versatile business life meet.

Health Campus Turku is a significant multidisciplinary knowledge cluster within medicine, social and health care and technology which offers unique opportunities for research, innovation and corporate collaboration. 


Thematics TeamUp is a continuous series of informal networking events for researchers and collaborators interested in the different topics. The networking events are hosted by the six thematic collaborations of the University of Turku.