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Espoo 10.5.2023

Science Startup Day 2023

A Grid, Aalto University, Otakaari 5, Espoo


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Jaana Rantanen
Senior Advisor
Business Finland
jaana.rantanen (at)

What do researchers need to know when commercializing their work into a venture-backed business? How do venture capitalists evaluate spin-offs, and what are the common pitfalls researchers make when leaping into the business world? And most importantly: how do you build a successful business once you're established?

Business Finland is proud to partner with Finnish VC firms for the 4th annual Science Startup day to answer exactly to those questions. We invite researchers across Finland to join us for a day of workshops, networking with VCs and peers, and a chance to refine your pitch.


10:00 How to make an impact, Maija Lönnqvist, Industrial Counsellor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Case Onego Bio Oy, Chris Landowski, CTO and Co-founder

10:25 Young Researcher Entrepreneur Award 2022, Tuomas Olkku, Kaute foundation

10:35 Panel discussion 'To dare or not to dare – A giant leap from research to an entrepreneur', host Lotta Partanen, Manager, VTT LaunchPad

Panelists: Awarded Young Researcher Entrepreneur 2022, Saara Rissanen, CTO, Adamant Health Oy, Martti Forsell, researcher, Flow Computing, VTT

11:00 Workshop session

  • Financial sources for structuring a company, hosted by Wave Ventures
  • Investors expections for research based innovation, hosted by NordicNinja VC
  • Quick tips for startups – Financial planning & understanding cash flow, hosted by MetsäSpring
  • Financial compensation and incentives, hosted by Lifeline Ventures
  • Tech transfer and cap tables, hosted by Voima Ventures
  • Early-stage marketing, hosted by
  • Pitch expectations hosted by investors

14:30 Reverse pitching

15:15 Closing

Science Startup Day is organized by Business Finland together with Voima Ventures, Nordic Ninja VC, Lifeline Ventures, Metsä Spring,, Nordic Food Tech VC, Butterfly Ventures,, Wave Ventures, VTT Launchpad, Aalto University and Kaute foundation.