2023 Participating Teams

Below you'll find a list of the 2023 Biosphere participant teams.
1. Style Uncoded

Members: Anna-Leena Hakuli

With hundreds of thousands of textile waste being generated and nearly 5 billion euros being spent on garments a year in Finland alone, the world of fashion could do with a more sustainable and circular way of doing and thinking.

Style Uncoded is building a slow fashion platform which lets those wanting to shift towards more circular fashion consumption a way to rent, repair, and buy second hand online, with emphasis on ease of use and affordability.

Style Uncoded was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator

2. Arc

Members: Amruta Shingte, Asim Shaikh

The rise of Circular Economy is giving rise to new opportunities in the kids essentials sector, yet much remains to be done. The team at Arc is hoping to bring circular economy principles to kids indoor & outdoor essentials, helping customers sell, repair, reuse, and recycle their products and re-frame the entire value chain of kids essentials by turning the market into more of an ecosystem.

3. Exaum

Members: Henri Yoki, Panu Ahola, Antti Jalomäki, Paolo Micheletti

As power grids transition away from classic fossil fuel-based power plants towards renewable sources of energy like solar and wind, a new element of instability is added into the equation: at any given time, the power grid may be producing too much or too little with regards to consumption. If the balance between supply and demand is not addressed every second, the grid may collapse. Exaum is working on a power demand response which can bring stability to a transitioning power grid.

4. Watershed Farm

Members: Rubén Vezzoni, Maria Uosukainen

Imagine food systems that don’t deplete the environment but regenerate it, communities that don’t exclude but give a renewed sense of purpose, and people who, instead of obsessing about shrinking their negative environmental impact, think about making a positive one. That’s how the team came up with Watershed Farm.

Among the first self-harvesting market gardens in Finland, Watershed Farm provides local organic produce, space for learning about regenerative farming, and a caring environment in an urban setting. The team is confident that they can create a place that truly benefits farmers, citizens and the natural environment that we inhabit.

5. Nutrients Harvesting

Members: Olli-Pekka Siira, Pankaj Kela, Surendra Pradhan

Based on research and a variety of extraction methods, the team is working on a solution to harvest the significant amounts of nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorous, found in waste water and sludge for future fertiliser use.

6. Sakna

Members: Elias Riihelä, Johannes Ihanus, Miika Kalliokoski

Underwater experiences are in constant demand in the hospitality industry, yet no one company is specialised in developing floating underwater installations. Sakna, working with an extensive partner network and existing pre-fab and modular construction methods, is hoping to become the leading global provider of such installations. Beginning with a floating villa with an underwater room featuring a 360 degree view of the submarine environment, the company is hoping to develop environmentally friendly and resource efficient constructions with mobility and reuse in mind to extend their life-cycle and minimise their impact.

7. DNA Isolation Card

Members: Gugan Eswaran, Sitaram Rajaraman

Based on research work done at the University of Helsinki, the team has developed a DNA isolation solution that can be used at room temperature and in less than ideal conditions without high-end equipment such as liquid nitrogen, centrifuges, chemicals, etc., and brings greater molecular biological research possibilities to a wider range of environments.

8. Orenda

Member: Veera Rautio

ESG can be overwhelming for organisations of all sizes, but even more so for SME's. Orenda hopes to help decision makers overcome this and help them be both ESG compliant and generate new revenue streams from the opportunities it presents, even in complex and as of yet uncertain regulatory environments.

9. GyroKeys: A Center for Circular Solutions

Member: Jose Valdivia

By addressing a lack of data management and tracking systems in the waste management sector when if comes to materials and products at the end-of-life stage, GyroKeys hopes that their solution, offering a robust service-based platform to businesses at the material disposal stage of the chain, will help foster the reuse of materials and burnish the image of typically under appreciated actors in the market.

GyroKeys was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator

10. Ruut

Members: Bhagyashree Khot, Fernando Urbano Tenorio

Ecological restoration projects are complex beasts, requiring data and understanding that is usually scattered and difficult to parse, slowing down project and making progress a herculean task. The team is working to address this issue by building a single-point decision support system which gathers all the necessary data in one place, and provides easily digestible analysis which will support decision-makers to make quicker, more educated decisions.

Ruut was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator

11. Dementra Ihme Kasvimaa

Members: Andrei Miachin, Iuulia Miachina, Polina Vishnia

The team has developed a solution that combines greenhouses and gardening boxes in a novel and cost-effective way, making gardening more accessible to people living in different contexts. The easily transported boxes can be installed in a variety of locations with little effort, and allow for a multitude of applications and shifting use-cases as the grow-season progresses.

12. Pro-Biotic

Member: Samira Mokhtari

The team is working to develop smart-delivery capsules that add probiotic value to foods and release them in an effective way in the digestive system for optimal health benefits.

13. Testiler

Members: Karri Lehtonen, Eero Lehtonen

How do you estimate the quality of clothing when you're buying it? The Testiler team are creating statistical methods that would allow for combining a variety of quality testing method results into one easily understandable quality indicator: How many times on average the clothing can be used.

Whereas current certificates associated with clothes are simply concerned with provenance or production conditions, Testilier's solution offers a more holistic approach to product quality, allowing customers to easily make educated assessments on the price/quality ratio of clothes before making purchases. The team also hopes to add impact data to this analysis once it becomes available.

Testiler was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator

14. Kiklos

Members: Joanne Lin, Yiannis Alexopoulos

Parents have a lot to worry about in the first years of their children's lives. Even if they'd like to keep sustainability in mind when purchasing childcare essentials, the overwhelming reality of parenthood can make this difficult. Kiklos hopes to alleviate this issue by providing parents with a subscription-based rental service that provides parents with easy and affordable access to a set of high-quality, essential childcare products for the first 3 years of their children's lives. This brings new parents both peace of mind in terms of having all they need for their child, as well as knowing that the products they obtain plug in to the circular economy.

Kiklos was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator

15. Coffee Ground

Member: Miri Jung

When making coffee, only 0.2% of the ground beans are used in the extraction of coffee, with the rest being discarded as waste. Yet these grounds are high in calories, free from impurities, and have a unique flavour, making them a great material for upcycling in a number of ways. Coffee Ground hopes to create a coffee recycling platform where people of all ages can take their dried coffee grounds with them and, for a fee, learn with experts how they could be turned into air fresheners, scrubs, compost, and more. The goal is to create a community around coffee recycling where those taking part connect with each other, share information on new ways of recycling coffee to educate and inspire people of all ages to think about recycling as a fun and joyful activity.

Coffee Ground was part of the Compass 1.0 Pre-Incubator