Imran Asghar is a researcher who wants to break the boundaries of his lab. He wants his research to get out into the world and make an impact. But he didn’t always think like that. This is his story from academics to industry and back again — and it has robots.
AVP recently moved into a new office in a building we're sharing with Aalto Design Factory, Startup Sauna and a bunch of research groups from the School of Engineering. We’ve only been there for a short while, but collaboration between the different entities has already increased, and we can only imagine the future potential.
Solve the SDGs brought together almost 300 participants in Finland, along with around 50 in both Uganda and Tanzania. Five of those participants formed Wasteless Wanderers, went through a roller-coaster of emotions and won not only their challenge but the whole hackathon.
Rosa-Maria Alaraasakka and Tuomas Hätälä are the founders of Opack, a startup that aims to revolutionize the reusable food packaging industry. The company is based on an idea born on Startup Experience and it almost died during Covid, but was born again thanks to an unexpected savior — the EU.
Wen Ouyang and Richard Dunn know how difficult it is to make it as an artist or — as we like to say — a creative entrepreneur. Together, they decided to help people like them, and Artmu was born. They found their way to AVP's Impact Studio, where their business started to gain momentum.
There are arguably many reasons for watching horror movies, but most people wouldn’t think saving energy could be one of them. That is, however, precisely what Kim Ng and his team based their idea at Junction 2022 on when solving the challenge by Aalto University and Aalto Ventures Program. The challenge was creating solutions to help European countries become independent of Russian energy by either saving energy or producing more locally.