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:
Description: Grid balancing using AI-optimized heat-generation-based power demand response
Presenter: Henri Yoki (CEO-Founder)
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
Description: Nelinor Smart Energy Solution
Presenters: Elizaveta Blaku and Rami Alisawi
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:
Learn more about Microsoft Startup Programs:
Mika Hämäläinen, Microsoft
Viivi Griinari, Fortum’s Valkea Growth Club
Henri Kuusla, Maria 01