Updated 24.8.2021 | 15:08

Catalysing Innovation: Driving an innovation and start-up ecosystem, University innovation services taking shape

Thu 5.8.2021 | 13:00 - 17:00

Hybriditapahtuma, Wasa Innovation Center
Gerbyntie 16
65230 Vaasa


Catalysing Innovation: Driving an innovation and start-up ecosystem, University innovation services taking shape

Innovation is a driver of change and one of the most important means of meeting global challenges. The University of Vaasa will arrange a hybrid event as a prequel to the Wasa Future Festival on the 5th of August at 1 PM at Wasa Innovation Center,

The vision of the University of Vaasa is to become an internationally recognized science university. As part of this, the university wants to strengthen its innovation and commercialization activities, promote the university's innovation culture, support entrepreneurship and be an active player in our region's networks, ie ecosystems.

The Innovations and ecosystems team was established at the University of Vaasa last autumn. The aim of the team is to act as a catalyst for innovation and ecosystems. During the winter, the team has become acquainted with the university and the surrounding ecosystem, met with members of the university community and learned to understand how it could best support university students and researchers in developing and commercializing innovations. At the same time, ecosystems between the university, companies and public actors have been mapped.

In this hybrid event, we will hear inspiring stories from internationally recognized innovators and of course what innovation team can do for us. Additionally, there will be different opportunities for discussion and networking. Welcome!


13:00 – 13:05


Welcome and Introduction

13:05 – 13:45

Ari Tulla

From University of Vaasa to Serial Entrepreneur in Silicon Valley

13:45 – 14:15

Antti Sinisalo, Leena Kunttu, Philipp Holtkamp

Catalysing Innovation – Innovation and ecosystem services at University of Vaasa taking shape

14:15 – 14:45

Antti Sinisalo, Rathan Alagirisamy, Stefan Lindegaard, Jussi Loukiainen, Kenneth Salonius

Driving an innovation ecosystem: Impact and importance of different stakeholders

14:45 – 15:15


Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:00

Stefan Lindegaard

The Growth Mindset for Shaping the Future

16:00 – 16:30

Kenneth Salonius, Jussi Loukiainen

Fireside chat: A grassroot movement of innovation

16:30 – 17:00

Philipp Holtkamp, Mauritz Knuts, Marko Koski, Krisitian Schrey

It takes a village to grow a startup: Ecosystem approach to supporting local startups

External Speaker Bios:

Ari Tulla: Ari is an entrepreneur, CEO, board member, dad, and rock climber -- solving problems that help people live better lives. 2020 Ari co-founded Elo Health, a precision nutrition company turning food from the cause of disease to medicine. Before Elo Ari was the CEO of Quest Analytics, a doctor data management and network analytics company. Before joining Quest Analytics, Ari was the co-founder and CEO of BetterDoctor, a comprehensive doctor data engine that powers the healthcare market with accurate doctor data. Before moving to the healthcare world, Ari led Nokia's game and application studios, where he was responsible for creating thousands of mobile apps with over 100M downloads.

Stefan Lindegaard: Stefan Lindegaard is the founder of the Growth Mindset Lab which helps leaders and their organizations apply the growth mindset approach to shape the future and create impact around these leadership challenges.

# Leading people and teams for growth 

# Attracting, retaining and developing talent 

# Building organizational capabilities and execution engines to shape the future

We are launching a learning platform and community for this. It’s called The Growth Mindset for Shaping the Future. You can read more on www.stefanlindegaard.com. Join us?

Kenneth Salonius: Kenneth is a co-founder and Head of Business Development at the collaborative innovation company Vertical. He is a chairman of Upgraded (previously known as HealthSPA), the premier health & wellness startup association in Finland, that he co-founded in 2012 and through which he has helped over 500 health startups grow. Kenneth has a passion for exploring the unknown and building new and is the inventor of several granted patents.

University of Vaasa Innovations and Ecosystems Team:

Philipp Holtkamp, Leena Kunttu and Antti Sinisalo