WÄRTSILÄ

SPARKUP CHALLENGE

The SparkUp Challenge is a call for startups, and this year the focus is

on the energy field with Power-to-X technology.

This is your chance to be part of a substantial transition in Energy.

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PROUD MAIN PARTNER OF

HELSINKI 2018

WHY WÄRTSILÄ?

LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE – TOGETHER

We don’t want to brag, but there’s no other company in our areas of operation that has our global reach and capability. We have been at the frontier of engineering innovation for 184 years. Today, we are massive in energy, marine and everything in between.

We are now undergoing a digital transformation, and experimenting with emerging innovations, to help enable our vision of enabling sustainable societies with smart technologies.

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.

2782

granted patents and patent applications in force by Wärtsilians.

18K+

tech-curious Wärtsilians work in over 80 countries.

WÄRTSILÄ VENTURING MODEL

WHAT IS WÄRTSILÄ VENTURING MODEL?

The Wärtsilä Venturing Model was launched in Slush Helsinki 2017. The model is not a linear process but serves as a guideline for how we interact with startups. It offers different entry and exit points depending on the collaboration type. When you co-create together with Wärtsilä you get the opportunity to join one of our Digital Acceleration Centres in Helsinki or Singapore.

WÄRTSILÄ SPARKUP CHALLENGE

WHY DO WE WANT YOU?

The SparkUp Challenge is a call for startups, and this year it is all about energy. We will select 1−2 teams and invite them to work with us in our facilities. This is your chance to be part of a substantial transition in Energy. 

Start your journey by taking part in the Wärtsilä SparkUp Energy Challenge.

By co-creating with us you get:

  • Access to Wärtsilä’s global customers and distribution network
  • 50.000 EUR
  • A collaboration period with Wärtsilä

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.

Marco Ryan

Chief Digital Officer,
Member of the Board of Management,
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.

Alid Dettke

Vice President,
Digital Innovation,
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.

Marco Ryan

Chief Digital Officer,
Member of the Board of
Management, 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.

Alid Dettke

Vice President,
Digital Innovation,
Wärtsilä Corporation

OUR VENTURE TEAM

Click our images to find more about us.

Suvi Hakala

Suvi Hakala

Start-up Scout, Open innovation, Wärtsilä

Steffen Knodt

Steffen Knodt

Director, Digital Ventures, Wärtsilä

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Venture Strategist, Digital Venturing and Open Innovation, Wärtsilä

WHO IS SUVI HAKALA?

Suvi has a curious mind with an active interest in new business and technology trends and future possibilities. She has a diverse experience from working in the finance sector to being a part of the startup world. As a sports enthusiast you’ll find Suvi enjoying her free time at the running track or on the tennis court.

Who is STEFFEN KNODT?

Steffen has over 20 years of experience in applied research & development and technology & innovation related roles. Having worked for corporates as well as for startups across Europe in different industries, Steffen is passionate about connecting people from both worlds to achieve great things together – always curious to find unexpected synergies and to enter new grounds. Steffen likes strong black coffee and supports initiatives to clean up the oceans from plastic waste.

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.

Suvi Hakala

Suvi Hakala

Start-up Scout, Open Innovation, Wärtsilä

Who is SUVI HAKALA?

Suvi has a curious mind with an active interest in new business and technology trends and future possibilities. She has a diverse experience from working in the finance sector to being a part of the startup world. As a sports enthusiast you’ll find Suvi enjoying her free time at the running track or on the tennis court.

Steffen Knodt

Steffen Knodt

Director, Digital Ventures, Wärtsilä

Who is STEFFEN KNODT?

Steffen has over 20 years of experience in applied research & development and technology & innovation related roles. Having worked for corporates as well as for startups across Europe in different industries, Steffen is passionate about connecting people from both worlds to achieve great things together – always curious to find unexpected synergies and to enter new grounds. Steffen likes strong black coffee and supports initiatives to clean up the oceans from plastic waste.

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Christiane Hepp-Kervinen

Venture Strategist, Digital Venturing and Open Innovation, 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

MEET THE SPARKUP MARINE CHALLENGE WINNERS

Powered by our state-of-the-art HF radio, KNL is a network designed to stream data from machines and sensors, anywhere in the world. KNL is bringing intelligence and clarity to the maritime communications (smarter operations from data). KNL communication system uses our terrestrial radio for truly global data coverage. KNL will automatically select between our cognitive HF at sea, or cellular broadband off the coast of 160 countries.

PortCall.Com offers an integrated software based solution that streamlines scheduling, reservation and billing functions for major ports and pilots.

RUNNERS-UP

MEET THE SPARKUP MARINE CHALLENGE WINNERS

Powered by our state-of-the-art HF radio, KNL is a network designed to stream data from machines and sensors, anywhere in the world. KNL is bringing intelligence and clarity to the maritime communications (smarter operations from data). KNL communication system uses our terrestrial radio for truly global data coverage. KNL will automatically select between our cognitive HF at sea, or cellular broadband off the coast of 160 countries.

PortCall.Com offers an integrated software based solution that streamlines scheduling, reservation and billing functions for major ports and pilots.

RUNNERS-UP