Students, Entrepreneurs and Researchers - Sowing the Seeds of High-Tech Startups



Are you a doer who likes building something new? Perhaps some day your goal is to be a CEO? This is your chance to be part of changing the world! Join us to build new success stories!

Venturing Research Challenge is a three day event in which entrepreneurial-minded students and researchers interested in commercializing their business meet. You will learn entrepreneurship through mentoring and coaching from those who have done it before. You'll develop skills with which you can help researchers commercialize their research findings. You'll get contacts of researchers, entrepreneurs and students who like to get stuff done.

This time our cases develop the future of sustainable biobased businesses. Researchers from Luke - Natural Resources Institute provide us with their top solutions.

The next event is held 26.-28.3.2018 in University of Oulu, Tellus Innovation Arena. The event is free and open for all. Join us by signing up the event by March 23th!

CASES 2018:

Sustainable biobased businesses

1. DIGIMASI: Wild Berry Mapping

This concept renews tracking of wild berry yields by connecting web map services with information from Luke's databases and other methods, as latest technologies of aerial photography.

The long-term goal is to double the range of commercial picking of wild berries.

2. LWA-Ca: Patented granular material for removal of water-soluble phosphorous from waters.

3. Hydroponic plant production in mines: Hydroponics enable to grow plants around the year also in an arctic environment. Reusing mines like Pyhäsalmi Mine as a platform for hydroponic production has a huge potential for productization.



MON 26.3.2018 12:00–16:00

Welcome & Introduction
Researchers' Pitches
Coffee & Snacks
Meetings with researchers
Team formation
Roadmap for VRC: what to do next
Teams start to work independently

TUE 27.3.2018 11:00–17:00

Check-in with all teams
Validation workshop
Mentor meetings

WED 28.3.2018 9:00–15:00

Pitching workshop with Simo Kekäläinen
Practising the pitches
Final Pitches (5 min each)