Collaborative Innovation Platform

Validate, Build, Scale new solutions, together.


Rapid Tampere: Collaborative Innovation Platform

Rapid Tampere is a platform helping its members generate growth through innovation and collaboration activities in the Tampere Business Region.

As a member of Rapid Tampere, you gain access to a joint brand, leveraging multiple enterprises of the region to attract promising tech talent. You also get trainings in collaborative tools and the innovation landscape, as well as the opportunity to share learnings and best practices with the other enterprises of the region.

Rapid Tampere is constantly evolving, taking the best practices from multiple industries into consideration. Rapid Tampere does not only look at startups for collaboration opportunities, but SME:s, universities and other institutions as well.

Open Call

Sandvik Test Mine is looking for partners to develop a cutting-edge e-learning ecosystem for the most challenging industrial settings.

Sandvik Test Mine is looking for partners to develop a cutting-edge e-learning ecosystem for the most challenging industrial settings. The first use-case is safety training, while the platform is built in a scalable way with options for plug-ins.

Sandvik  Mining and Rock Technology is the leader in digitalization within the mining industry. The developed solution needs to meet the high digitization standards set by the organization.

Sandvik Test Mine is looking for partners that can bring validated solutions for the consumption of e-learning content, adapt and develop their existing platform to the needs of a mining environment, and design the learning journey to fit the end-user needs.

Disruptive and advanced technologies for the consumption of the e-learning content and the scalability and ease of integration of the platform are a strong advantage.


What is the solution
environment like?

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a leading supplier of equipment, tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and rock excavation industries. With customers demanding ever greater productivity to ensure profitability, we are providing the cutting-edge solutions needed to succeed. Our equipment and services help our customers in every corner of the world to mine and excavate rock safer and more productively.

In this case, we are focusing on Sandvik Test Mine, but considerations should be made for the solution to be usable across other mines in the future..

In Sandvik Test Mine personnel and guests are trained on a daily basis to ensure safe and effective operations and visits to the mines.

Most of the training happens on-site, with ambitions to have parts of the training done remotely. Training, qualifications and certifications need to be trackable, with the possibility to suggest next steps.

Experienced personnel have to retake their security training annually. This should be done in a more exciting and purposeful way and taken into consideration while planning the new platform.


What Sandvik is looking for in a Partner

Preferred Partner Validation Stage
Piloted, End-user / Client validated solutions

Learning platforms, AR / VR / XR, IoT, E-learning content creators, Learning Management Systems

Capabilities and capacity to provide long-term support
Exemplary user experience and design

Value Proposition from Sandvik
A successful Pilot project to be implemented in day-to-day use in the test mine
Long-term development & support agreement


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Past Collaborations:

Collaboration on Extending Human Capacity with Valmet

Valmet is looking for innovative solutions that help increase human capability in heavy working environments. By bringing in solutions such as exoskeletons or robotics, we want to make physical work easier, as well as reduce physical stress on the body.

The end-users of these solutions would be industrial workers, doing manual work which involves heavy lifting.

Our ideal match is a solution that either enhances human physique, or replaces the need for lifting in the first place.

We are looking for solutions that are:

  • Cutting-edge robotics and easy to deploy
  • Proven to work in at least indoors facilities

Bonus attributes, not required:

  • Solutions that enable both manual and remote control

Our ideal startup has skills in

  • Robotics
  • Safety
  • Customer centricity

Our ideal startup:

  • Has a ready PoC or MVP
  • If exoskeleton solution, understands human safety and wellbeing

Why work with Valmet:

  • Potential for wide deployment of product – both for Valmet and Valmet customers
  • We do not want to manufacture robotic solutions ourselves, but are willing to partner with an innovative startup

Apply if you have solutions to one of the following:

  • Robotics
  • Wearable robotics
  • Exoskeletons
  • Health & wellbeing monitoring

Collaboration on Man Meets Machine with Kalmar

Kalmar wants to improve safety in automated environments. By bringing innovative, human-centric design to the early stages of automation solution planning, we can create a safer working environment for people around the globe.

The end-users of the products we are creating are cargo-handling equipment operators, remote operators and people entering the cargo handling terminals.

Our ideal match is a solution highly usable for situational awareness of the machine driver, as well as other people at ports and terminals, in order to avoid accidents.


We are looking for solutions that are:

  • Integratable with our current systems
  • Scalable across our different departments and locations

Bonus attributes, not required:

  • Profitable
  • Unique solutions

Our ideal startup has skills in:

  • Concept design
  • Human behaviour
  • Safety
  • Human-centric technology development

Our ideal startup:

  • Is born global
  • Has a ready concept or PoC
  • Can take a PoC from paper to real environment


Why work with Kalmar:

  • Big market – every 4th container in the world is handled by Kalmar equipment
  • The leader in container terminal automation
  • Kalmar promotes openness in the industry – excellent reference case
  • In the case of a successful project, continuation in forms of joint R&D, a long-term partnership or a purchase agreement


Apply if you have applicable solutions to one of the following:

  • How to improve situational awareness of the machine driver in ports and terminals in order to avoid accidents. 
  • Safety regulations and responsibilities of humans should be considered in design. 
  • What kind of new possibilities we can get with the help of M2M, H2M and M2H communication.

Longer-term goals:

  • Safety in mixed traffic cases: manual traffic and pedestrians crossing the path of automated machines

Data Enrichment to Understand Customer Needs with Caruna

Caruna wants to get a closer understanding of what their customers want. By bringing in new streams of data from for example retail, we want to create more holistic yet accurate customer segments, providing better services for customers around Finland.

The end-users of Caruna’s grid are consumers in South, Southwest and West Finland, as well as the city of Joensuu, the sub-region of Koillismaa and Satakunta.

Our ideal match is a solution that enables bringing in data from new streams, as well as helps us understand and predict consumer needs.


We are looking for solutions that are:

  • Integratable with our current systems
  • Scalable across our entire business

Bonus attributes, not required:

  • Profitable
  • Unique solutions

Our ideal startup has skills in

  • Deep level consumer engagement
  • Human behaviour
  • Data analytics

Our ideal startup:

  • Has a ready PoC or validated concept
  • Has capacity to discover new data streams
  • Can apply PoC to practice
  • Can provide service after deployment


Why work with Caruna:

  • Unique partner in electricity distribution – operates a network of 680 000 consumers
  • Scalability of the pilot project – from testing in a small area to deploying nationwide
  • In the case of a successful project, a possibility for a long-lasting service/consulting agreement


Apply if you have solutions to one of the following:

  • Discovering new data streams
  • Solutions to help understand consumer behaviour
  • Data-based predictions
  • Segmenting consumers based on criteria such as age, wealth, consumption and value


Lars Melakoski

Project Lead

Jouni Myllymäki

Senior Business Advisor
Business Tampere

Tommi Uitti

Startup Community Manager
Startup Tampere

Growth, internationalisation, investments, exports, premises, networking, digitalisation and innovations.

We offer practical advice and concrete support, open doors and ensure that your company’s road to success is as smooth as possible.

Business Tampere is the Tampere region economic development agency, covering the municipalities in the city region: Tampere, Kangasala, Lempäälä, Nokia, Orivesi, Pirkkala, Vesilahti and Ylöjärvi.

Business Tampere selected Vertical and Eversheds Sutherland to kick-start innovation activities within the industrial sector of the Tampere Business Region. The year 2019 Business Tampere is financially supporting the program, providing facilities and helping establish a solid foundation for continuous innovation activities in the region.

Let’s create a new Tampere Region. Together.

Tampere startup ecosystem connects the region’s several hundred startups with investors, startup communities, higher education institutes and services that cover a startups’ whole lifespan. Startup Tampere exists to make running a startup easier together with a network of people. As part of Business Tampere, we offer support for your business, helping it grow faster and scale-up. The strong support from Business Tampere startup team, as well as the startup mentors of the Tampere Region, international investor contacts and the tightly knit startup community, speed up the growth and success of your company.






Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering Group in mining and rock excavation, metal-cutting and materials technology with about 42,000 employees with a strong commitment to enhancing customer productivity, profitability and safety.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet’s vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers. Our 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.


Caruna distributes electricity and maintains, repairs and builds a weatherproof electricity network for its 680,000 customers in South, Southwest and West Finland, as well as in the city of Joensuu, the sub-region of Koillismaa and Satakunta. In order to guarantee a reliable electricity supply to its customers under all circumstances, Caruna supervises its network 24/7. A weatherproof smart electricity network also provides a well-functioning energy system for the future when digital services increase, the traffic is electrified, and the consumer becomes a producer of energy.

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy-efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.

Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec’s (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2018 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 12,000 people.