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Addressing grand challenges: How to boost Impact Business and Innovation Ecosystem in Finland?
Addressing grand challenges: How to boost Impact Business and Innovation Ecosystem in Finland?

You are invited to a workshop, organised in cooperation with UNTIL Finland, to discuss the potential of sustainable development innovations as a solution to social challenges. The aim of the workshop is to create understanding and gather views on how to develop sustainable development innovation ecosystems in Finland and how to boost Finnish impact-led companies.

Time: Tuesday 20 November 2018, at 13–16

Venue: UN Innovation and Technology Lab (UNTIL) / A Grid, Otakaari 5, 02150 ESPOO

Nb: Presentations of the workshop are in Finnish.

Workshop is aimed primarily at representatives of companies whose business activity and / or innovations are related to solving social challenges, and at specialists on sustainable development business, as well as related stakeholders. The workshop includes presentations and group work. A detailed programme will be sent to participants.

Please sign-up latest on 9 November 2018 through this link:

Together with the sign-up we kindly ask you to respond to a couple of short questions (in Finnish). You may provide answers to these questions even if you cannot attend the workshop.

This workshop is part of a study on “Sustainable development innovations supporting the implementation of Agenda 2030” commissioned by the Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities (VN-TEAS). The study is carried-out by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Pellervo Economic Research PTT, 4FRONT, Owal Group and Motiva. This workshop is organised by 4FRONT. The process and initial findings of the study will be presented in the workshop.

Additional information on the study and workshop may be requested by contacting:

Vesa Salminen, 4FRONT Oy,

Leena Pentikäinen, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö,

Mika Naumanen, VTT,


Welcome to the workshop!

Event Date

Secretary General

"The advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including those brought on by a combination of computing power, robotics, big data and artificial intelligence, are generating revolutions in health care, transport and manufacturing.  
I am convinced that these new capacities can help us to lift millions of people out of poverty, achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and enable developing countries to leap‑frog into a better future."

23 March 2018, New York