WHY WÄRTSILÄ?


LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE – TOGETHER

We don’t want to be haughty, but there’s no other company in our industries that has our global reach. We are massive in solar, renewals, battery storage, hybrids, environmental solutions and innovation.

We have been at the frontier of engineering innovation for 183 years. We are now undergoing a digital transformation, using more and more artificial intelligence, machine learning, block chain and virtual reality – together with our customers – to shift Wärtsilä towards a data-driven, insights-led, smart technology company enabling sustainable societies.

 

WHY DO WE WANT YOU?

We are aware of  what we don’t have: every good idea in the world. And that’s the reason why we want you.

By co-creating with us you get:

 

  • Access to Wärtsilä’s global customers and distribution network
  • 50.000 EUR
  • Opportunity to co-create with Wärtsilä and its customers for 4 months

I bet you didn’t know, that:

33%

of all the vessels in the world are serviced by us.

177

countries enjoy Wärtsilä-powered electricity.

54

patents were submitted by Wärtsilians for new inventions in 2016.

18K+

tech-curious foil hats work in over 200 locations in 70 countries.
The amount of Wärtsilians worldwide.

Marco Ryan

Chief Digital Officer,
Member of the Board of
Management, Wärtsilä Corporation

The marine and energy industries are on the brink of a transformation they have yet to experience. Driven by new innovative solutions, we thrive to enable sustainable societies with smart technology.

WÄRTSILÄ VENTURING MODEL


WHAT IS WÄRTSILÄ VENTURING MODEL?

The model consists of five levels: the first step of the venturing model is when Wärtsilä invests into existing accelerator or incubator programmes focused on the Marine and Energy sectors.

The second level of the Wärtsilä Venturing Model is the SparkUp Challenge for start-ups launched in Slush Helsinki 2017. The challenge winners will get to co-create together with Wärtsilä in the Digital Acceleration Centres in Helsinki and Singapore.

The third venturing level is strategic partnerships with start-ups and other small companies. Venturing on level four means doing joint venture opportunities with partners and finally the highest step of the collaboration is a traditional mergers and acquisitions activity.

WÄRTSILÄ SPARKUP CHALLENGE


WANT TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD?

So do we. We in Wärtsilä work every day on enabling sustainable societies with smart technology. If you share the same passion, Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge is for you. The Challenge is an accelerator programme for start-ups. This is your chance to be part of the substantial change in Marine and Energy. Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge began in Slush Helsinki in December 2017. Every 6 months we select 1−2 teams to work with us in our Digital Acceleration Centres around the world. The Challenge was ignited with the focus on Wärtsilä’s recently launched Smart Marine Vision, with Wärtsilä inviting start-ups to collaborate and co-create with them around the whole value chain of smart shipping.

 

CHALLENGE PART ONE: SMART MARINE

The Smart Marine cohort application period has ended. We received a hefty number of submissions and we’re assessing them as we speak. Thank you all for taking part in the challenge, you rock our world! 

 

CHALLENGE PART TWO: SMART ENERGY

Want to disrupt the energy industry? The second Wärtsilä SparkUp challenge runs through the second half of 2018.

Grab an amazing prize worth 50.000 EUR and get to co-create at one of our Digital Acceleration Centres.

Alid Dettke

Vice President,
Digital Innovation,
Wärtsilä Corporation

Real magic happens when people think we > me. It’s when people operate in a safe environment with the license to learn and experiment.

WHAT IS A DIGITAL ACCELERATION CENTRE?


Digital Acceleration Centre is a safe place for testing with needed facilitation and guidance.

The Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC) is a new way to connect digital possibilities into Wärtsilä’s core products and services. Through DAC you can quickly and safely experiment, test and grow new business ideas and models through smart technology. DAC acts like an incubator for new business ideas. These ideas are rapidly assessed for their potential and best ideas will move to transformation phase.

Digital Acceleration Centres – what are they?, Wärtsilä Twentyfour7.

MEET OUR PEOPLE


Click our images to find more about us.

Marco Ryan

Marco Ryan

Chief Digital Officer, Wärtsilä

Alid Dettke

Alid Dettke

Vice President, Digital Innovation, Wärtsilä

 

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Manager, Digital Acceleration Centre Helsinki, Wärtsilä

Who is Marco Ryan?

Marco Ryan is an experienced digital transformation leader, that joined Wartsila as Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Board in 2016. He has a solid international track record in creating and implementing digital transformation strategies in both consumer and B-2-B businesses, with work experience in the UK, USA, Middle East, Asia and Europe. Prior to Wartsila, his career has included positions as Chief Digital Officer at Thomas Cook Group plc in Europe, Partner & Managing Director at Accenture Interactive (ASEAN) in Singapore, and Senior Vice President, Group Head of eCommerce and Innovation at Premier Farnell Plc in the UK. He  writes, lectures and mentors on Digital Transformation, as well as being a published author, writing on both digital transformation, and his other passion, photography.

Who is Alid Dettke?

Alid’s passion is all about exploring how digital opportunities are transforming human experiences. When solving complex business problems, she puts customer centricity at the heart, leveraging natural curiosity, design thinking and an analytical mind in order to achieve results while inspiring people development and growth. She strives in diverse environments that require flexibility, mobility and a sound understanding of people. Her motivation to meet challenges is facilitated through a capacity to learn new skills with superior efficiency while being able to maintain excellent attention to detail.

Who is Christiane Hepp-Kervinen?

Christiane has over 10 years experience in new business development, 6 of them working in innovation consulting at the forefront of the the top 200 R&D investing companies in Europe and the start-up world. She is passionate about teaching snowboarding in Ylläs & Alps, diving in tropical waters and all things coffee.

Marco Ryan

Marco Ryan

Chief Digital Officer, Wärtsilä

Who is Marco Ryan?

Marco Ryan is an experienced digital transformation leader, that joined Wartsila as Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Board in 2016. He has a solid international track record in creating and implementing digital transformation strategies in both consumer and B-2-B businesses, with work experience in the UK, USA, Middle East, Asia and Europe. Prior to Wartsila, his career has included positions as Chief Digital Officer at Thomas Cook Group plc in Europe, Partner & Managing Director at Accenture Interactive (ASEAN) in Singapore, and Senior Vice President, Group Head of eCommerce and Innovation at Premier Farnell Plc in the UK. He  writes, lectures and mentors on Digital Transformation, as well as being a published author, writing on both digital transformation, and his other passion, photography.

Alid Dettke

Alid Dettke

Vice President, Digital Innovation, Wärtsilä

 

Who is Alid Dettke?

Alid’s passion is all about exploring how digital opportunities are transforming human experiences. When solving complex business problems, She puts customer centricity at the heart, leveraging natural curiosity, design thinking and an analytical mind in order to achieve results while inspiring people development and growth. She strives in diverse environments that require flexibility, mobility and a sound understanding of people. Her motivation to meet challenges is facilitated through a capacity to learn new skills with superior efficiency while being able to maintain excellent attention to detail.

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Manager, Digital Acceleration Centre Helsinki, Wärtsilä

Who is Christiane Hepp-Kervinen?

Christiane has over 10 years experience in new business development, 6 of them working in innovation consulting at the forefront of the the top 200 R&D investing companies in Europe and the start-up world. She is passionate about teaching snowboarding in Ylläs & Alps, diving in tropical waters and all things coffee.

Anything on your mind? Drop us any inquiries at ventures@wartsila.com.

APPLY FOR THE CHALLENGE


Be part of building a better world for everyone. Start your journey by filling out the application for the Wärtsilä SparkUp Challenge.

Be on the lookout for the Smart Energy application period, which will start at Summer 2018!