Finnish hydrogen cluster opens up doors to European networks

A national company-led hydrogen cluster was established in Finland to accelerate hydrogen economy and exports of hydrogen-related solutions. The cluster has attracted 36 companies already, including Spinverse, which will provide services for building project consortia, raising funding and coordinating projects. The cluster aims to open up doors to European networks as there are plans to invest tens of billions of euros to hydrogen economy.

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Spinbase is a user-friendly and practical tool for identifying public funding opportunities

Henna Gustafsson is working as a research funding advisor at the University of Jyväskylä Research and Innovation Services in central Finland. She and her colleagues offer pre-award services to researchers and staff of the university and they have recently started to use Spinbase, which is an AI-based funding search tool developed by Spinverse. Spinbase helps Henna in her daily work to identify EU funding opportunities for the university’s researchers. The results have been very positive.

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Way of working at Spinverse changed along with the renewal of working environment

The main focus of more than 60 Spinverse experts is to innovate, ideate and challenge. This is why the company’s working environment called for inspirational spaces for innovation. Spinverse recently moved to Keilaniemi, Espoo, to larger premises and aimed to create an environment where employees can work in a variety of ways, meet colleagues and also celebrate success.

The year with corona made us think about our ways and places of working

Over the course of the challenging and exceptional year of 2020, Spinverse grew and recruited 15 new employees. The old premises became too small and expectations for a new office space were set high. Before, Spinverse had somewhat limited possibilities for remote working and employees had the opportunity to work remotely once a week. With the epidemic forcing everyone to adapt to the new normal, a different perspective on working was required. It became obvious that certain ways of working suited to some, and another way worked for others. There was a desire to enable different ways of working also at the office when people will finally be able to return there.

Working life is undergoing a big change and the premises need to change too. The role of the office is to serve employees and provide the best possible place to innovate and be inspired.

“Working life is undergoing a big change and the premises need to change too. The role of the office is to serve employees and provide the best possible place to innovate and be inspired. The office has all the necessary furniture and equipment so that each of us can succeed in our work. Best of all, at the office we will meet our wonderful colleagues,” says Laura Koponen, CEO of Spinverse.

For everyone to be able to work in the best way suited for them, Spinverse set the following requirements for the new premises:

  • Small meeting rooms where you can innovate together with colleagues or arrange remote meetings
  • A common “living room” where you can meet and enjoy each other's company
  • Outside the actual work area, there will be a few more desks where you can stop to work temporarily
  • Different seat options for workstations, with good ergonomics in mind
  • Kitchen and an area for hanging out where you can also spend time outside working hours
  • Functional and intact furniture from old premises will be brought into the new work environment.

Every employee is provided with the best environment for smooth working

Special attention was paid to the acoustics, colour scheme and ergonomics of the office. The interior design for the new office was designed to match the colors of the brand. Attention was also paid to the office’s walkways, and the office flooring was used to guide traffic from the entrance to the area where coats can be left. The soft carpet and upholstered furniture offer good acoustics in the open space.

“We have people of all ages and heights at work and everyone has their own needs for furniture. That is why we wanted to invest in workplace ergonomics and choose from a wide variety of different seats. This way, everyone can find the best seat for themselves. All our tables are electric so everyone can adjust the table to the right height,” says Laura.

The “living room” and coziness played a big role in making the office comfortable. Large green plants and the Naava plant wall bring some nature and liveliness into the office space. The beautiful sea view complements the impact. Spinverse wanted to have large sofas so the staff could get together for different occasions. Two large movable screens, and the Kivikko stools with wheels enable versatile use of the shared space.

“Our office is wonderful! We wanted a large, shared space for different kind of ways of work and also for hanging out with the colleagues. We cannot wait to host a housewarming party for our staff when the time is right. There is always a bottle of bubbly in our fridge which will be popped open when there is a time to celebrate successes,” Laura concludes.

Spinverse's office was designed and furnished by Isku Interior Oy. Read this article in Finnish on Isku website, along with more photos.

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We have launched our new Spinbase website

New Horizon Europe programme, new website! We are very excited to announce the launch of a new website for our digital solution, Spinbase! New content includes a lot of valuable information for the future and current users, such as tutorial videos, frequently asked questions, support materials, and customer stories. The new website offers a good information package for organisations who are looking to improve their internal decision-making and processes regarding the identification of EU funding opportunities, partners, and projects.  

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European recovery package to support growth

Spinverse founder and Chairman of the board Pekka Koponen shared his thoughts about Finland's recovery and resilience plan. What opportunities does the recovery package offer especially for Finnish industries, and how can board members promote the growth opportunities of their companies from this perspective? Read here Pekka's expert advice to companies and their executives.

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Finnish edutech startup 3DBear raises 1.5 M€ to accelerate international expansion

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The growing ExpandFibre Ecosystem accelerates the development of sustainable bioproducts

Fortum and Metsä Group launched ExpandFibre, a 4-year R&D collaboration, in summer 2020. It is a major effort towards developing high-volume bioproducts that have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to currently available fossil-based products. To succeed in the ambitious mission, the founding companies have joined forces with a large and continuously growing group of innovation partners – the ExpandFibre Ecosystem. Spinverse has supported the ecosystem in setting up the ExpandFibre activities and is working with Fortum and Metsä Group to accelerate impactful collaboration.

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Get your project ready for the new EIC Accelerator

The revamped European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator is the flagship funding instrument under Horizon Europe for start-ups and SMEs with radically new ideas for rolling out marketable innovation solutions and breakthrough projects. Winning companies with ambitions to grow and scale up can receive up to 15 M€ in equity investments and 2.5 M€ in grants. Here are our tips to get ready for your application process in the application portal!

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How Spinverse can help manage consortium risk

When funding calls open and the consortium gears kick into action, there is a lot of excitement mixed with uncertainty and risk. Consortiums do not come fully formed, and risk is not just isolated to new technologies or organisational challenges. It is a combination of both and also includes other factors, such as regulation, ability of organisations to collaborate, global phenomenon, ships getting stuck in major trade arteries and so on.  Spinverse's Patrick Halford, VP, Digital Industries discusses on how to manage consortium risk and how Spinverse can help. 

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Innpaper offers piloting opportunities for applications of paper-based electronics

Innpaper project is developing sustainable and innovative alternatives to electronic waste with three use cases for real industry needs in food, security, and medical sectors. The four-year joint research project has now progressed to its final year. In line with the project’s target, the 15 consortium partners have now developed an electronics platform using paper as a base material to offer a recyclable replacement to e-waste. Innpaper recently completed the evaluation for the open call for new ideas and have now shortlisted Amphilab and Tapp Online as final candidates. Spinverse experts are working with the consortium to boost the development towards commercial applications.

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Funding has helped SSH Communications Security launch and accelerate ambitious projects

Sometimes companies who have first succeeded in securing public funding for their own R&D&I project may find themselves being further funded as a part of a large European consortium tackling global challenges. This is where Spinverse’s customer SSH Communications Security succeeded. We talked to Jussi Mononen of this Finnish cybersecurity company on the differences and benefits of applying funding as an individual company to being part of a large consortium. 

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Spinverse moved to Keilasatama 5, Espoo

We are very excited to announce our headquarter's move to Keilaniemi, Espoo, where our innovative funding experts will get an inspiring and bespoke working space. The new address is valid from 1st March, 2021 onwards. We also updated our website to correspond to our new visual look.

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Newly launched EU Funding Playbook helps companies get started with public funding

The extensive funding expertise of Spinverse came to good use when Technology Industries of Finland, Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and Finnish Energy requested Spinverse to help them create an easy-to-read website about EU funding. Aptly named as EU Funding Playbook, the approachable and visual website aims to help companies get a good overview and practical tips to the exciting and somewhat complex world of public funding.

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Cheers to latest promotions and warm welcome to new colleagues!

Last year was one of the busiest and most successful years to date for Spinverse. We welcomed many new colleagues, new customers and worked on exciting new projects. We are proud of our skilled colleagues who have worked so hard to help our customers and are delighted to share the latest news about promotions. What is more, warm welcome to our new colleagues in the Spinverse family.

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2021 is the “super year” of EU funding - is your company in?

Spinverse founder and Chairman of the board Pekka Koponen and Managing Director Laura Koponen share their thoughts about the year 2021, when two major EU funding programs will be launched.  The first funding program is the seven-year Horizon Europe of more than 95 B€ and the second is the European Recovery Package, which will release 750 B€ within just a few years. There are also opportunities for Finnish companies, although the competition will be fierce. Should your company join? Read here Pekka's and Laura's expert advice to companies and their executives.

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CTOs of the Year and Innovation Professor of the Year 2021 have been announced

This year, the jury consisting of leading Finnish technology influencers selected EVP and CTO Jyrki Ovaska of UPM and CTO Duleepa Wijayawardhana of Supermetrics as the winners in the CTOs of the Year 2021 Awards. As a new recognition, the Innovation Professor of the Year 2021 was also awarded, and it was given to Professor Mikko Möttönen of Aalto University and VTT.

The CTO of the Year Awards are given by Technology Industries of Finland, Business Finland and innovation consulting company Spinverse to highlight the importance of Chief Technology Officers’ work on the future competitiveness of Finnish industry. This year, also the work of Innovation Professors collaborating with companies was recognised. The awards were published and given on the 16th of February 2021 at the CTO Forum, an event which this year was themed around digitalisation and sustainability.

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