Category: Events

Waves Impact Festival

Waves festival brings together researchers, entrepreneurs, designers, financiers, students, and other impact business enthusiasts to discuss, network and enjoy festival vibes. It is initiated by New Global.

Stay tuned! and follow Waves on Facebook.

Slush side event: Connecting Drivers of Change

Save the date:

29.11.2018 17:00-20:00, Päivälehden museo, Helsinki

Connecting Drivers of Change – let’s advance entrepreneurship in Africa

To raise awareness about entrepreneurship in Africa and to present collaboration opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa, BioFisa,  New Global, SAIS Programme, Think Africa and amplaffy organize a networking event in Helsinki. 

We bring for you to meet

  • Impact investors, investors and funding instruments
  • the most promising early-stage startups identified in partnership with Slush Global Impact Accelerator
  • Startups and companies in Finland interested in Sub Saharan African markets
  • the freshest bioscience research-based entrepreneurs in Southern Africa and Finland
  • innovation ecosystem builders and business supporters in Finland and Sub Saharan Africa
  • The diaspora and talented people interested to meet the startups and get involved in impactful ventures

This is an official Slush side event.

Impact Meetups: SDG 6 Clean Water & Sanitation

‘Impact Meetups’ is a series of meet-ups organised by A Grid Impact and Aalto Start-Up Center. The first series of the meet-ups will focus on Sustainable Development Goals, Businesses and Researches and will cover all the 17 Goals goals in upcoming episodes. The meetups are intended for those interested in researches, start-ups/businesses and opportunities in sustainability and impact businesses. Everyone is welcome! Coffee and light snacks will be served!


1600-1630: (Dr. Suvi Sojamo)
SDG 6 Intro & current water challenges
Corporate water stewardship as a means to advance water security for all

1630-1650: (Toni Laurila, Sensmet Oy)
Transforming water analytics

1650- 1710: (Anne Hyvärinen, New Global)
Innovation intermediaries in the water sector in Kenya

1710-1730: (Nina Maarit Partanen)
Project Impact: Business can be revolutionary sustainable

1730-1800: Networking

Please sign up here.

Sustainability Revolutions -exhibition

New Global is a part of this exhibition that brings together art from Aalto’s innovative interdisciplinary projects on sustainability such as: paintings on consumer culture, water filtration system, innovation for poverty alleviation, design for food circularity, art education on sharing, a bike made of nanocellulose and video art on self-folding composite materials.

Sustainability Revolutions is curated by visual artist,
Dr. Riikka Mäkikoskela and Dr. Taneli Tuovinen, lecturer from Aalto ARTS.

The exhibition opens on Aalto Sustainability Day, May 18 at 9 a.m at Dipoli Hall.

You are warmly welcome!

World changing innovations at SuomiAreena

New Global will organise a discussion on world changing innovations together with FIBS ry and Nordnet Bank at SuomiAreena. We’ll bring on stage companies, whose innovations build sustainable future.

Time July 17th 11:30-12:30

SuomiAreena, Eetunaukion lava, Pori

On stage

  • Sustainability specialist Pia Fagerström, Neste
  • CEO Heli Kurjanen, Lune Group
  • CEO Suvi Haimi, Sulapac 
  • Strategist Jukka Oksaharju, Nordnet
  • facilitators Minna Halme & Helena Kekki.

Sara Lindeman’s doctoral defense: Early-phase market organizing in subsistence settings

Doctoral defence: Sustainable development in emerging markets requires active and reformative market organizing

Time: 19.1.2018 kl. 12.00
Place: Futurum, Hanken, Arkadiagatan 22, Helsingfors
Opponent: Professor Hans Kjellberg, Stockholm School of Economics
Kustos: Professor Veronica Liljander, Hanken School of Economics

Sustainable development refers to a balans between the social, ecological and economical. In her doctoral dissertation “Early-phase market organizing in subsistence settings”, Sara Lindeman studies how informal trade in urban slum areas is gradually organized into markets. The empirical work is done in East-Africa, India and Brazil. The studies examine when market organizing can lift people out of poverty, and provides insight into market organizing for sustainable development at large.

”Established economic theories claim that markets are best organized through a en “laissez-faire”- attitude. My research shows empowerment of disadvantaged groups to actively participate in market organizing processes is necessary for sustainable development”, says Lindeman

Current power strucures benefit from the fact that market organizing processes tend to remain invisible and unspoken. This makes it more difficult to do the reforms of the economic system that are needed for sustainable development. Lindeman develops conceptual tools to understand and influence market organizing at an early stage

”Path dependence is strong in market organizing. Steering the process towards greater power-distribution and sustainable development from the outset is easier that changing established institutions. There is a potential for innovative and sustainable market organizing in emerging markets”, says Lindeman.

More information:

Sara Lindeman, + 358 50 448 5040

Researcher and project manager, Aalto New Global

The research is based on several ethnographic studies and published in three journals. The public defens takes place on Friday the 19th of January, 2018, as part of Marketing research at Hanken School of Economics.


East Africa Day

Kick off the new year with fresh perspectives on sustainable innovation and development!

East Africa Day is the first special training event for Aalto students working on multidisciplinary community challenges in Eastern Africa.

Organised by Aalto Global Impact, the morning programme on 12 January is open for everyone – do join us to hear both academic and practitioner viewpoints on the opportunities and challenges of innovation work and development in Eastern Africa!


Aalto Global Impact

Zaake Wanume Kibedi, Ambassador (Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in the Nordic Countries)
Tonny K. Omwansa (Director, C4Dlab, University of Nairobi)

ACADEMIC DIALOGUE: Perspectives on sustainable development
Eija Ranta (University of Helsinki)
Sara Lindeman (New Global, Aalto University)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sustainable innovation in East Africa
Jussi Impiö (Demos Helsinki, Fuzu)
Saija Hollmén (Ukumbi/Hollmen Reuter Sandman architects)


Participate in the discussion on Twitter with #EastAfricaDay