Maria 01 event

Hosted by: Fortum & Microsoft

Impact Challenge Showcase

In-person at Maria 01, Lars Sonck
Impact Challenge Showcase

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 Microsoft Founders Hub. In addition, Microsoft will provide technical and business workshops for the winner.

You can submit your ideas for the challenge until 31.5.2023 through this website. On the 15th of June, during the final, the finalists of the challenge will pitch their ideas to the jury consisting of experts from Microsoft, the Fortum leadership teams and investors. The winner of the challenge will be announced on the spot.

Join us for the afternoon to listen to inspiring pitches, and network with Microsoft, Fortum as well as seasoned investors. 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
  • 16:30 Keynote Lukas Lundin: The Opportunity is Yours to Build Something New with AI
  • 17:00 Announcing the winner & networking, food & music
  • 18:00 Event ends


Mervi Airaksinen, Managing Director, Microsoft Finland

Teemu Vidgrén, COO, Microsoft Finland

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

Learn more about Microsoft Startup Programs:

Microsoft | Microsoft Entrepreneurship
Microsoft for Startups | Microsoft

Contact details:

Mika Hämäläinen, Microsoft

Henri Kuusla, Maria 01