Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) was created as a merger of three universities: the Helsinki University of Technology (established 1849), the Helsinki School of Economics (established 1904), and the University of Art and Design Helsinki (established 1871). The close collaboration between science, business and art communities fosters multi-disciplinary education and research. Aalto University was set out to create a university with innovation built into its foundations. The university has 19000 students and 5000 staff members.
Aalto University’s operations showcase new experiment in higher education. The Aalto Design Factory, and Aalto Ventures Program, among others, drive the university’s mission for a radical shift towards multidisciplinary learning. Aaltoes, which stands for Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, is Europe’s largest student run entrepreneurship community with over 5000 members, Aaltoes organises the Startup Sauna accelerator program for startups, raising more than US$70 million in funding since 2011. The startup event SLUSH gathers over 15000 visitors including 2500 startups, 700 investors, politicians, academics and other. Aaltoes and Aalto University collaborate closely for radical innovations in education, science, business, and arts.
The Aalto University School of Science is involved in many competitive projects from the European R&D Framework Programmes (FP), and the Innovative Actions of the European Regional Development Fund. The School took part in numerous projects funded by national and international research institutions and the European Commission.
The Aalto University School of Science is known for its research and education in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems and intelligent cities. The research is acknowledged by leading organizations worldwide. It is among the few academic organizations promoting research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation management, having introduced the concept of Behavioral Theory of Networked Firm BToNF as a new system of operating businesses and innovation and Aalto Ventures Program for education.
Contribution in the project
AALTO will lead work package WP 3. Platform creation where it will be responsible for the platform design and development. Moreover, it will interconnect the tools, apps and e-services developed in WP4 to the platform.