Solutions for sustainable life

Smart Otaniemi is an innovation environment for smart and sustainable urban solutions. We connect start-ups, SMEs, large enterprises, research institutes, universities and public sector agencies across the globe to collaborate on world changing ideas and innovations. We offer a real city platform for cutting-edge research, development and innovation work, topped with a community of bright-minded professionals.

Otaniemi is a district in the city of Espoo in Finland.

In the area of just a few square kilometres, there is a remarkable amount of knowledge and capacity.

Approximately 5000 researchers are working at the moment under the Smart Otaniemi umbrella.
research and development units
start up accelerators
and more SMEs
headquarters of large international corporations

The building blocks of a smarter future are here - we just need bring them together.

Are you interested in testing and developing your solution, or would you like to widen your network and hear more about Smart Otaniemi offering? Either way, we will help you forward!
Sanna Öörni
Sanna Öörni
Co-Creation Manager, VTT
+358 40 842 0898
Emmi Kauhanen
Emmi Kauhanen
Development Manager, City of Espoo
+358 40 553 2892
Tatu Koljonen
Tatu Koljonen
Executive in Residence, Aalto University
+358 40 506 0734


Together we hold the power to create new sustainable standards for rapidly urbanizing societies. Our core partners bring in their R&D expertise and create opportunities for co-creation and collaboration.


VTT Technical Research Center of Finland is a visionary research, development and innovation partner that drives sustainable growth and tackles the biggest global challenges of our time by turning them into opportunities for business and growth.


Nokia creates technology that helps the world to act together. As a trusted partner for critical networks, Nokia is committed to innovation and technology leadership across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. It creates value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs. Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, Nokia helps to build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world.


ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, motion, process automation and robotics & discrete automation portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. In a world-class R&D program Green Electrification 2035, ABB Finland develops platforms for optimal power generation and electricity use to achieve carbon neutrality target.

Aalto University

Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers and a place where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto is building sustainable future by creating novel solutions to major global challenges and values responsibility, courage, and collaboration.


Espoo is the second largest city in Finland and in many ways, a pioneer of sustainable city solutions and resident-oriented city development. The special feature of Espoo is an urban structure that relies on five different centers, dominated by detached houses that combine urban and rural living.


Fortum is a European energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. Fortum provides its customers with electricity, gas, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. Together with its subsidiary Uniper, Fortum is the third largest producer of CO2-free electricity in Europe. Close to 20,000 professionals and a combined balance sheet of approximately EUR 60 billion, Fortum has the scale, competence and resources to grow and to drive the energy transition forward.

Altogether there are already more than 100 organizations in Smart Otaniemi network, and the amount keeps growing. Are you looking for suitable partners for your project? Take a look at our network!

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