Maria 01 event
Date: June 15th, 2023
Where:In-person at Maria 01, Lars Sonck

Hosted by:Fortum & Microsoft

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Impact Challenge Showcase

Impact Challenge Showcase
Maria 01 event
Date: June 15th, 2023
Where:In-person at Maria 01, Lars Sonck

Hosted by:Fortum & Microsoft

Climate change is forcing companies to look for innovative ways to renew their operations to ensure a sustainable future where people, businesses, and nature can thrive together. Now Fortum and Microsoft have come together in search of new, innovative solutions to accelerate the clean and reliable energy transition in the Nordics.

As a concrete action, the two companies have launched an idea competition, the “Impact Challenge by Fortum x Microsoft”, to find solutions that enhance the delivery of reliable clean energy, drive industrial decarbonisation, and protect our biodiversity. The competition is targeted at early-stage startups and entrepreneurs in the Nordics. The winner will receive 6 months of tailored acceleration and business development support through Fortum’s Valkea Growth Club and an access to Microsoft Founders Hub. In addition, Microsoft will provide technical and business workshops for the winner.

Now it’s finally time to announce the finalists and declare the winner of the Impact Challenge! Join us on the 15th of June to listen to inspirational pitches, and thoughts from the jury consisting of the leadership team members from Fortum and Microsoft and celebrate the winners together with us.

We look forward to kicking off summer together with each and every one of you. Food, drinks and a great atmosphere is on the house.


  • 15:00 Doors open & Light drinks and snacks served
  • 15:50 Welcoming words
  • 16:00 Pitching starts
  • 16:45 Keynote Lukas Lundin: The Opportunity is Yours to Build Something New with AI
  • 17:15 Announcing the winner & networking, food & music
  • 18:00 Event ends


Jan-Erik Fredriksson, Senior Vice President, IT, Fortum

Tapio Poutiainen, Head of Technology & Foresight, Fortum

Teemu Vidgrén, COO, Microsoft Finland

Mari Tuominen, Director, SMC Business, Microsoft Finland


Lukas Lundin, Azure Data & AI GTM Manager, Microsoft Finland

Finalists of the Impact Challenge Showcase:

1. Exaum
Description: Grid balancing using AI-optimized heat-generation-based power demand response
Presenter: Henri Yoki (CEO-Founder)

2. BioDiver
Description: Platform for monitoring aquatic biodiversity
Presenters: Hanna Kolehmainen, Satu Kuusiola, Riitta Heliö

3. Scientia Industrial Technologies
Description: Autopilot for flexible and sustainable energy generation
Presenter: Alexander Bor

4. Nelinor
Description: Nelinor Smart Energy Solution 
Presenters: Elizaveta Blaku and Rami Alisawi

5. Enreport
Description: An energy management system for commercial and industrial companies
Presenters: Aliya Shaykhullina (CBDO) and Dmitry Novikov (CEO)

Learn more about how Fortum collaborates with startups:

Valkea Growth Club
Fortum x Startups

Learn more about Microsoft Startup Programs:

Microsoft | Microsoft Entrepreneurship
Microsoft for Startups | Microsoft

Contact details:

Mika Hämäläinen, Microsoft

Viivi Griinari, Fortum’s Valkea Growth Club

Henri Kuusla, Maria 01