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  • 14 Nov
    Workshop on Third Generation Science Park Concept at Innopolis Foundation, Daejeon

    Workshop on Third Generation Science Park Concept at Innopolis Foundation, Daejeon

    Ilkka Kakko was invited to have a workshop with the participants of Innopolis Foundation’s International Training Program. The title for a half-day event was ”Workshop on Third Generation Science Park Concept” and there were about 30 attendees, mainly STP managers and governmental policy makers from 15 countries.

    The introductory presentation by Ilkka and the following work in small teams generated a lot of dialogue and the feedback after the event was really positive. This session held on November 12th was part of a continiuos collaboration between Innopolis Foundation and Karostech, which started earlier on the summer, when Dr. Seo from Innopolis Foundation was in Finland on a visit organized by Karostech.

    Innopolis Foundation is the leading creative economy driver in South Korea and is promoting new technologies and markets. The focus in their strategy is to:
    • Commercialize public technology and activate start-ups or business foundation
    • Professionalize the commercialization mechanism
    • Create open ecosystems for the growth of INNOPOLIS

    The workshop slides can be found here.

  • 25 Sep
    Ilkka Kakko presenting platform thinking in UNESCO/WTA International Workshop 22.9.

    Ilkka Kakko presenting platform thinking in UNESCO/WTA International Workshop 22.9.

    Karostech’s Founder Ilkka Kakko was invited to prepare a paper and make a presentation at UNESCO/WTA International Training Workshop in Daejeon, Korea. The audience of 150 people consisted mainly of science park managers, highly ranked governmental officers and representatives of academic institutions, mainly from the developing countries, in which the economy is booming.

    The response was positive, Ilkka received straight away invitations to have a training day in Korea on November and also to visit Mongolia as a keynote speaker in their annual Innovation Forum this year.

    You can download the paper here and the presentation here.

  • 30 Jul
    Karostech luotsaa suomalaisia yrittäjiä pk-yritysten Mestareiden Liigaan!

    Karostech luotsaa suomalaisia yrittäjiä pk-yritysten Mestareiden Liigaan!

    Karostech tarjoaa kasvuhakuisille yrittäjille EU:n Horizon 2020 pk-yrityksille suunnatun rahoitusinstrumentin hakemusten valmistelua kovalla ammattitaidolla. ”Valitsemme tarkkaan asiakkaat, joita lähdemme auttamaan rahoituksen piiriin. Yrityksellä pitää olla ainutlaatuinen tuote- tai palvelukonsepti ja todellista potentiaalia tehdä kansainvälinen läpimurto. Keväällä teimme sopimuksen innovatiivisia lämmitysjärjestelmiä valmistavan PolarSol Oy:n kanssa, jolle varmistimme ensimmäisenä pohjoiskarjalaisena yrityksenä pääsyn Horizon 2020 SME Instrument- rahoitusohjelmaan” – kertoo Karostech Oy:n yrittäjä, toimitusjohtaja Ilkka Kakko. Lisätietoa PolarSolin sivuilla: http://www.polarsol.com/news/polarsol-valittu-horisontti-2020-pk-instrumentin-rahoituksen-saajaksi.html.

    Horizon2020 pk-instrumentti on tarkoitettu voimakasta kansainvälistä kasvua hakeville pk-yrityksille, joilla on korkea markkina- ja kasvupotentiaali. Dr. Bernd Reichert, Head of SME Unit European Commission, vertaa rahoitusohjelmasta kertovassa esityksessään rahoituksen piiriin valittavia yrityksiä Mestareiden Liigan huippujoukkueisiin. Suomessa rahoitusta koordinoi Tekes, mutta hakemukset tehdään kuitenkin suoraan EU:n viralliseen hakijaportaaliin. Lisätietoa ohjelmasta Tekesin sivuilta: http://www.tekes.eu/horisontti-2020/teollisuuden-johtoasema/innovointi-pienissa-ja-keskisuurissa-yrityksissa/ .

    Ensimmäisessä vaiheessa yritys saa komissiolta 50.000 euroa kansainväistymiseen tähtäävän liiketoimintasuunnitelman tekemiseen sekä tuote- tai palvelukonseptin pilotointiin. Vaiheessa 2 tarjolla on jopa kaksi miljoonaa euroa komissiolta tulevaa avustusta kansainvälistymisen toteuttamiseen.

    Hakemuksen valmistelu on 3-4 viikon projekti, jonka aikana Karostechin asiantuntijat perehtyvät yrityksen liiketoimintaan ja laativat yrittäjältä saadun tiedon pohjalta hakemuksen EU:n hakujärjestelmään. Varsinaisen hakemuksen lisäksi tiivis sparraus projektin alkuvaiheessa auttaa yrittäjiä virtaviivaistamaan prosessinsa sekä liiketoimintasuunnitelmansa.

    Haku on parhaillaan käynnissä ja seuraava hakemusten jättö on 17. syyskuuta mennessä, joten ripeällä toiminnalla saamme hakemuksen tehtyä. Jos kiinnostuit, niin ota viipymättä yhteyttä.

    Lisätietoa tästä ohjelmasta saat soittamalla Ilkalle p. 050 5362941.

     

  • 24 Jul
    New international partners from Japan and Korea for Karostech

    New international partners from Japan and Korea for Karostech

    We in Karostech have been active this summer in streamlining the global partnership network for the benefit of our customers.

    During the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference on June Ilkka Kakko had a great chance to spend one afternoon in a workshop together with the directors of JIN (Japan Innovation Network). It was an awesome two and half hours and Ilkka got also an invitation to come and visit JIN in Japan in the near future. In the cover picture Ilkka is after the workshop alongside Urban Mill orchestrators Kari Mikkelä and Lars Miikki together with the top management team of Japan Innovation Network (JIN) Prof Konno, former President of Sony Corporation Dr Ando and Chief Executive Officer of JIN Dr Nishiguchi. 

    Karostech organized also a visit for our Korean contact Dr Seo from Innopolis Foundation. Dr Seo made an European tour visiting UK, Sweden and Finland and was interested in studying the latest developments on innovation platforms. Ilkka took Dr Seo to LADEC to show how the local science park in Lahti has merged with regional development company and what kind of experiences they so far have from this re-structuring process. We also visited an Lahti – based entrepreneur Jarmo Järvinen, who is running two amazing businesses, Lean Park Oy and Methator Oy.

    After Lahti we continued the program and visited also Espoo Innovation Garden in Otaniemi, where Ilkka explained how 3rd generation science park concept is implemented and what it requires in practical terms.  During the afternoon tour Dr Seo had the chance to meet people from Design Factory, Start-Up Sauna, Urban Mill and a recently established business accelerator Vertical.

    Dr Seo was impressed and promised to take some of lessons back to Korea and start implementing them in his organization. He also invited Ilkka to visit Korea on November to conduct some training sessions in their innovation workshop.

     

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    In photos: Dr Seo visiting LADEC, where our host was Essi Artima-Sulkinoja and the Vertical accelerator in Otaniemi, where our hosts were Hanna, Kenneth and Paolo.

     

  • 12 Jun
    Serendipity session organized at Open Innovation 2.0 Conference

    Serendipity session organized at Open Innovation 2.0 Conference

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    The Open Innovation 2.0 Conference was held on 8th – 9th June in Otaniemi, Finland. It was the 3rd time when open innovation practitioners and researchers met in this context, the two previous events were organized in Dublin.

    Karostech’s Founder and Partner Ilkka Kakko was invited to organize and chair a panel session especially dedicated to serendipity. This was the very first time when serendipity was taken into the agenda of any EU level conference, thanks to the organizers for this insightful decision.

    Ilkka invited distinguished international experts to join the panel: Anabel Quan-Haase flew all the way from Canada, Andreas Krueger from Germany and Sebastian Olma from the Netherlands. They all gave 15 mins introductory talks from different perspectives. Anabel presented the academic perspective, Andreas explained some practical urban development cases from Berlin and Sebastian took the social and cultural perspective stating that the cultural roots of serendipity can be found in hippie movement and the science of cybernetics. “Making Love and War” – slogan was presented as the manifesto of that . The audience of 40-50 people participated actively into the discussion and one the final outcomes of the panel was the definition of serendipity in Open Innovation 2.0 context: “Serendipity is the art of benefiting from unexpected” .

    The elaboration of the topic at EU-level and the plans for further actions in promoting serendipity research and piloting cases are now well under way, partly thanks to all participants of the panel session. We will meet again next year, this time again in jolly Dublin.

    Cover photo: Sebastian Olma with his statement on stage

    Side Photo: Preparation for the panel, left Sebastian Olma, center Andreas Krueger, right Anabel Quan-Haase.

     

  • 12 May
    Karostech accepted as a certified dealer for PolarSol heat management systems

    Karostech accepted as a certified dealer for PolarSol heat management systems

    Karostech was today accepted by SonnSe Oy as a certified dealer for PolarSol heat management systems. The agreement is project-based and gives Karostech an exclusive PolarSol dealership in selected pilot projects. On the cover picture the Managing Director of SonnSe Oy, Elena Sonne, and Founder and Partner of Karostech Ltd, Ilkka Kakko, are signing the contract.

    PolarSol is a Finnish start-up company and their products are the leading heat management products on the global market at the moment. The elements of hybrid ‘solar-air’ heat management systems are based on patented manufacturing technology originally developed at Bauman State University in Moscow. PolarSol Oy was just last week accepted to EU Commission funded Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Program, which is also called as the European Champions League of SMEs.

     

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  • 08 May

    Karostech helped a customer company PolarSol to get Horizon 2020 SME Instrument funding

    The Senior Consult of Karostech Ltd, Dr Erik Raita, was in the leading role when PolarSol submitted a proposal to EU Commission’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. He was responsible of the overall content of the proposal and  the technical process of the submission process. The proposal was this week accepted with very good to excellent evaluation results.

    Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is a state-of the -art funding system for the “rising stars” of the European SME market.

     

     

     

  • 05 May

    Karostech made a deal to consult a disruptive heat management company in Finland – PolarSol is taking a huge leap towards global launch

    Karostech made an agreement on February to help a Joensuu based manufacturing company, which is specialized in designing and producing solar-air heating systems, in their business development, marketing and value chain creation. Erik Raita and Ilkka Kakko – the senior consultants in Karostech – have worked now three months in order to improve the business of PolarSol. In this time Karostech has organized numerous meetings with potential customers, opinion leaders and collaboration partners and the feedback from all these meetings has been very positive. Here we are really launching, together with our customer PolarSol , a disruptive heat management system!

     

     

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  • 24 Apr

    Ilkka Kakko presenting PolarSol technology in a workshop organized by Green Building Council Finland and RAKLI

    Green Building Council Finland and RAKLI  organized a workshop on 23rd of April. About 40 people from leading real estate and facility management organizations were attending and Ilkka Kakko gave a presentation about Polarsol’s unique technology.

    The feedback was very positive and some emergent customer contacts were promoted.

     

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  • 27 Mar
    Ilkka Kakko had a keynote speech in Seats2Meet Global Partner Conference

    Ilkka Kakko had a keynote speech in Seats2Meet Global Partner Conference

    Ilkka Kakko was invited to have a keynote speech in Seats2Meet Global Partner Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. The main message of the presentation was that emergent competence platforms are urgently needed when building up global freelancer ecosystems. A well designed platform with enough critical mass will help increase the dynamics and interaction and hence support new idea creation and implementation of emergent ideas. Ilkka’s presentation can be downloaded here.

     

     

     

     

  • 14 Feb

    100 radical technologies – a comprehensive report published in English

    Please find here a comprehensive, 178 page report published by The Parliament of Finland describing the 100 radical technologies, their potential impact on our society and a method for evaluating the impact of radical technologies. One of the authors is a member of Karostech’s partner network  – Mr. Risto Linturi. Thanks Risto et al of this valuable report.

     

  • 23 Jan
    Karostech helping to create a world class innovation environment in Lahti, Finland

    Karostech helping to create a world class innovation environment in Lahti, Finland

    loft, MalskiAn interesting new element in the innovation environment of Lahti, a city in Finland close to Helsinki, was introduced yesterday when an ambitious development project called Malski Business and Culture Centre was published. The old and famous Mallasjuoma brewery building located in the centre of Lahti will be transformed into a dynamic innovation environment hosting a variety of actors from diverse backgrounds.

    The renovated building will have for instance movie theaters, a dance studio, an art gallery, beautiful loft apartments on the top floor, office space, a vibrant coworking space, a restaurant, a cafeteria and a refreshing sauna department. The building will consist in the final form 9600 m2 and will be completed in winter 2016, although some parts of the centre – like the coworking space – will be operational already in autumn 2015.

    Karostech has been involved in the conceptual planning, in the co-creation process with the users and in designing and implementing a state-of the art Malski community support package including a competence platform and dynamic co-working space. These new community building elements are already currently tested in coMalski piloting environment. Karostech’s collaboration with the property owners will continue this year and some exciting new features of serendipity management will also be tested during the implementation process.

     

    By Ilkka Kakko News
  • 25 Nov

    Karostech facilitating the development of the sport and exhibition area in Lahti

    Karostech was invited to lead the development process of Sports and Exhibition Centre area in Lahti. Lahti is internationally well know of its Ski Stadium, but now the stakeholders of this entire area – like Ice Hockey stadium, Exhibition and Fair Center, Track and Sports Stadium, Swimming Stadium and indoor sports facilities (basket ball, volley ball, tennis etc) – want to have a clear vision for the future use of the area.  This is especially important now, because Lahti was awarded to organize the World Championships in cross-country skiing and ski-jumping in 2017.

    Karostech will help in organizing and facilitating the workshops, in implementing serendipity management principles like Training Camp approach and in supporting the creative process by introducing new co-creation platforms and methodologies.

     

  • 20 Oct

    Karostech is consulting a new collaboration concept in Lahti.

    Karostech’s Ilkka Kakko has been since June 2014 active in the facilitation and creation of a new collaboration concept. The initiative itself has not yet been published, but Ilkka has together with the investors, co-facilitators and potential key users and customers organized five half-day workshops, in which the concept has been further elaborated. Some of the features are currently tested in the pilot environment, CoMalski, and the concept development issues are actively discussed in the community platform.

    The ambitious goal for the design team is to create and implement a collaborative workspace with some new and fresh elements – like a low-entry community platform based on the latest developments and technologies on that field.  It will be also become one of the few workspaces where harnessing serendipity perspective has strongly been a vital principle from the very beginning of conceptual planning. The publication of the investment and the launch of the initiative will happen in the beginning of next year.

  • 07 May

    Ilkka Kakko’s book “Oasis Way and the Postnormal Era: How Understanding Serendipity Will Lead you to Success” published

    This new book is free to view and download here.

    The book is based on the experiences taken from ’netWork Oasis’ – and ’OpenINNO’ (ENPI – 631) – projects. It will describe the revolutionary change in our society and business fields having a transformative effect also to our innovation environments. The increasing importance of communities and sustainable ecosystems is highlighted. The emergent types of entrepreneurship – both effectual and social entrepreneurship – are explained and some great examples also outside Oasis and OpenINNO projects are illustrated.

    The key conclusion of the book is that innovation activities can be improved by understanding serendipity and applying serendipity management principles. The book gives practical, hands-on advices, how to harness serendipity on individual, community and organizational levels. It describes the possibilities to enhance serendipity in business environments by workspace design, both physical and virtual, and explains how to increase coincidencity in the team building process.

    Keywords: innovation environments, incubation, community building, ecosystem development, open innovation, collaboration platforms, serendipity, serendipity management

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