Innovation events

We organise innovation and entrepreneurship events in all campuses regularly. We are also often present at conferences and summits hosted by others. Come and meet us!
Upcoming events
Frequently organised events

All upcoming events are listed on the event feed above. Below, we have added short descriptions of our more frequently hosted events.

Cheese 'n' Wine – innovation talks and networking

Cheese 'n' Wine is an open rotating event organised on different campuses about once a month, with brief presentations by innovative researchers, students, businesses and potential innovation funders. There is plenty of time for networking and refreshments after the presentations.

Events are open for researchers, students, staff, companies, investors, ecosystem developers and third sector actors - basically anyone interested in science-based innovations.

Upcoming Cheese 'n' Wine events in 2024:

  • 15.2.2024 Kumpula campus
  • 14.3.2024 Viikki campus (6th)
  • 25.4.2024 Meilahti campus
  • 16.5.2024 City Center campus
  • 29.8.2024 Meilahti campus
  • 26.9.2024 Viikki campus
  • 24.10.2024 Kumpula campus
  • 14.11.2024 City Center campus

Previous events:

  • 25.5.2023 Innovation in Neuroscience. Location: Meilahti. Presentations: Oona Rechardt (Helsinki Brain & Mind​), Mari Björkman (HIS, Living Human Brain​), Marko Havu (MEG-MRI​), Veera Virintie (Silta Education​), Elina Holkko (Lifeline Ventures​).
  • 23.3.2023 Challenges in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Location: Viikki. Presentations: Pandemic that is too big to be noticed (Kari Sinivuori, Uute Scientific Oy), What does it take? (Petri Parvinen, University of Helsinki), The challenges of research cooperation between academia and industry (Petro Poutanen, Vaikuttavuussäätiö), Lawyers' perspective: Challenges and UH’s support (Perttu Pohjola and Minna Kontro, University of Helsinki), Investor’s perspective (Ilkka Kivimäki/Petra Koivuvaara, Maki VC).
  • 16.2.2023 Health and Pharma Innovation. Location: Meilahti. Presentations: Ville Paavilainen (Integrated Secretion Solutions​), Jukka Planman (hentoTouch), Milla Koistinaho (Innovestor Life Science Fund​) and Päivi Saavalainen (SCellex​).
  • 8.12.2022 Sustainability. Location: Viikki. Presentations: How students ended-up to establish a company (Camila Gallo Araya and Gaëlle Thomas, Binkiapp Oy), From idea to sustainable business (Joona Kontinen and Kati Meriläinen, Sulapac Oy), R2B projects and commercialization (Kirsi Mikkonen, University of Helsinki), Board professionals for teams and companies (Sirpa Manner and Minna Lenander, Hallituspartnerit),Butterfly’s take on sustainbility, a fund manager’s point of view (Juha Risku, Butterfly Ventures).
  • 29.9.2022 Pharmacy. Location. Viikki. Presentations: Bayer innovation collaboration and partnerships (Arto Pakkalin, Bayer Nordic), R2B projects and commercialization (Vinzenco Cerullo, University of Helsinki), PharmaHub ecosystem (Otto Kari, University of Helsinki), Finland is back in health-focused investments! (Pekka Simula, Innovestor Life Science), Science based innovations and investments (Kalle Öhman, Voima Ventures & Pääomasijoittajat (FVCA)).
  • 1.6.2022 Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Location: Viikki. Presentations: Finnish pharmaceutical technology company significantly improving global health (Edward Häggström, CEO at Nanoform Finland Oyj & Professor at University of Helsinki), Experiences on entrepreneurship (Hannes Lohi, Professor at University of Helsinki), Nature-based high-diversity microbiome as a tool to enhance immune modulation indoors (Aki Sinkkonen, Senior Scientist at Luke), Entrepreneurship (William von der Pahlen, Entrepreneur & Founder),Innovations will transform the food system, but not before we change the innovation system (Laura Forsman, Leader of Viikki Food Design Factory), Inspiring Private Investments, Finnish Business Angels Network (Annukka Mickelsson, Chair of Board at FIBAN).
Health Talks

Health Talks are events focusing on health, life sciences and entrepreneurship. They cover a variety of contemporary as well as future topics relevant to innovative health and life science entrepreneurship. 

Health Talks are co-organized by University of HelsinkiAalto UniversityHealth DesignHealth Hub TampereHealthTurkuHealthtech FinlandHiLIFEKuopio HealthOuluHealth and Terkko Health Hub.

All events are live-streamed but some can also be attended in-person at the event square of Terkko Health Hub.

Y Science, an official side event of SLUSH

Y Science is an official side event of Slush organized by the Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). In 2023, co-organisers of Y Science are Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd.Health Capital HelsinkiViikki Food Design FactoryFinnish Forest Industries and Aalto University

Y Science brings together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to the society. With a program full of exciting talks, fireside chats and startup pitches, Y Science promotes the value of science-based business and encourages scientists to embrace a different way of thinking about impact.

Register for Y Science 2023 here (free and open for all): 

Come and meet us
Slush 2023 – Building to last, 30th Nov and 1st Dec 2023

The University of Helsinki and Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd. will exhibit three science-based spinout companies and six research innovations at earlier stages of commercialisation path in Slush 2023 on 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2023. 

NORDEEP – Nordic Deep Tech Business Summit, October 11-12, 2023

NORDEEP is the world’s leading deep tech business summit where business meets tech and science.

The University of Helsinki partnered with NORDEEP in 2023 to showcase our top research teams and startups and connect with the ecosystem. With the goal of meeting and building relationships with investors, incubators, accelerators, corporates, and other universities and research institutions across the Nordics, we expose our researchers to innovation and promote the university’s innovation ecosystem.

Teams that attended NORDEEP 2023:

Spinouts: ValoTx, Perfat Technologies Oy, Moncyte, Uute Scientific, NADMED, VEIL.AI

POC and HiPOC grantees: Ari Salmi, OrientLock, Sanna Lehtonen, Pavel Uvarov, Pekka Katajisto, Swetha Gopalakrishnan, Dmitrii Nikolaev, Jon Atherton

Commercialisation projects: ReLIGHT, NAPA, RevEye, Click-on-Chip, Living Human Brain, ReCurE, Globevac, HydroXgel, KAJO Neurotechnologies, Multivision Diagnostics, NAVIGATOR, Solid-IO, WELLS, SootSense, MammalExpress, MyShroom

Helsinki Incubators and Germinator teams: ReMinded, D-Style, DNA Isolation Card, NinjaLABO, Exaum Oy, Kehosense, Kwizie, DP - Tec, Urban Green Carbon, Lensor, VacuumWoodTech, Acornia Greentech, Resource Pulling, Kitsain