Circular Economy Accelerator 


Vertical is happy to be a trusted partner to Stora Enso for the past three years in delivering the talent training program for internal innovators. Original demands set by the clients were:

We want to initiate a transformation program that aims to instill a greater innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in our corporate culture

We have the vision to integrate a corporate accelerator program with a synergistic executive education curriculum.
We want Stora Enso pioneers to live entrepreneurship and innovation via an accelerator program that puts them side by side with real start-up entrepreneurs.

We want participants to complement their startup experiences with state-of-the-art Executive Education in entrepreneurship innovation and leadership.

Our approach 

We proposed, in co-creation with Aalto ENT, an executive collaboration program combining Executive Education Program with an immersive entrepreneurial experience based on piloting with the startup teams. Overarching themes in the program were building strategic partnerships, entrepreneurial mindset, and innovation.


Stora Enso accelerated growth within its renewable material strategy. The entrepreneurial mindset gained significant traction and Stora Enso got awarded as Finland’s most startup-friendly company.

A custom marketing campaign has helped a broad recognition of Stora Enso as an innovation agent in their industry vertical. Amid program attendees, the average score for “How likely are you to recommend Vertical part of the program to your colleagues?” is 8/10



in 2019 alone


month of
executive education

tailored program


startup projects

within the 3 months

Jan Bubienczyk was the Project Lead for the Circular Economy Accelerator.
If you are interested to hear more about the project, don’t hesitate to contact:
+358 40 965 8542

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