Exploring radical opportunities in Circular Economy
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Stora Enso Accelerator Programme

Are you a startup looking for an opportunity to adapt your product or technology into a new sector?

The world’s leading renewable materials company wants to work with you. Stora Enso offers a unique possibility for disruptive startups to learn first-hand from an industry leader, which may even lead to a new product-market fit.

Apply for the Accelerator programme, run together with Vertical Accelerator and Aalto ENT.

Do you have an idea or a technology that could have a radical impact on circular economy?

Stora Enso is looking for startups, radical innovators, and disruptive entrepreneurs who want to build a profitable and scalable company. Whether or not your startup already focuses on circular economy, if your services could be applied to this space then this is a fantastic opportunity for you.

We strongly encourage startups with current offerings in supply chain technologies, IoT, big data, analytics, machine learning, AI, VR, robotics, automation, or hardware systems that can provide solutions in the circular economy to apply to this program. The top 6 teams will be selected to work together with Stora Enso in a unique 3-months accelerator programme.

Key Dates

4.9.2018 – Application Opens

5.10.2018 –  Application Closes

14.-15.11.2018 – Final Selection Days in Helsinki, Finland

28.1.2019 – Program Kick-off

11.4.2019 – Program Ends

Apply here by 5.10

Stora Enso as a Transformation Partner

With renewable materials at our foundation, Stora Enso plays an important role in the bioeconomy, where fibre-based products replace fossil-based materials to battle climate change. We welcome collaboration with innovative, fast-moving startups to advance capabilities and technologies, embrace new market opportunities and speed up our business transformation. The startups we select to collaborate with could be our partners or suppliers of tomorrow, together building a renewable future.

Learn more at Stora Enso’s website.






Explore Opportunities with Stora Enso

Are you a startup looking for an opportunity to adapt your product or technology into a new sector? Stora Enso offers a unique possibility for disruptive startups to learn firsthand from an industry leader, which may even lead to a new product-market fit. Stora Enso Accelerator Programme also offers an unprecedented access to Stora Enso Talents and a Group Leadership Team (GLT) Coach, working side-by-side for innovative solutions in the below areas.

Here are our challenges:
REUSE

Apply your technology to raw material use, reuse, repurpose, recycling or waste for industrial markets

RAW MATERIAL

Management of raw materials associated with production / manufacturing processes

PACKAGING

Reform the collection, handling and management of packaging materials

SEPARATION

Investigate opportunities in the separation of production materials

FUEL

Explore opportunities in the reuse of energy fuels, biofuels and waste processes




Stora Enso Accelerator Programme

The Stora Enso Accelerator programme brings opportunity for growth as well as unprecedented access to Stora Enso Talents and leadership, working side-by-side for innovative solutions.

The 2017 Stora Enso Accelerator Programme resulted in continuing cooperation with several startups such as a partnership with Sulapac.

We believe there’s more to gain by working together, rather than doing it alone and starting from scratch. We offer uplifting solutions to business problems by carefully selecting the best Startup talent and then tuning their offering to match the business needs. We’re not a Startup accelerator. Nor are we a traditional business consultancy. We look at improvement via addition and co-creation. That’s why we’ve created a new term for what we are, the world’s first business augmentor.





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Additional questions? Ask us!

Jan Bubienczyk Project Lead Vertical jan@vertical.vc

Kerttu Tanhuanpää Project Lead AEE kerttu.tanhuanpaa@aaltoee.fi





FAQ

This list of questions will be updated throughout the whole application period.

 

When and How to Apply?

The application period is currently open. You can fill the form here by 5.10.2018 and we will get back to you my the end of October with information whether you made it to top 20 startups invited for the final Selection Days.

 

Who can Apply?

Any startups bringing disruptive innovations in supply chain technologies, IoT, big data, analytics, machine learning, AI, VR, robotics, automation, or hardware systems that can provide solutions that could transform Stora Enso business, can apply for the program.

 

Does my product or technology have to fit Stora Enso’s current offering or fit with the theme of Circular Economy?

No, it doesn’t have to. The co-creation process is designed in a such a way that you will be able to explore the opportunity of adapting your product or technology to the challenges that Stora Enso has outlined in Circular Economy.

 

Where and when will the Selection Days take place?

The 20 most promising startups will be invited for the Selection Days taking place in Helsinki, Finland on 14th and 15th of November. For those days in particular, the accommodation and flights will be paid by Stora Enso. Startups are recommended to join the voluntary Selection Day Training, which is organized on the 13th of November, although it is not covered by Stora Enso.

 

Where and when will the program take place?

The program will take place in Helsinki, Finland between January 28th and April 11th 2019. We expect a minimum of one to two people from your team to be available to work with your new team.

 

This is a 3-month program, but is the on-site requirement also 3 months?

On-site presence is mandatory only for approximately 15 days in total during the program. Exact days will be informed to startups during the selection period.

 

Can startups outside of Finland apply?

Absolutely. We and our clients have worked with startups on co-creation projects from all over the world.

 

How many startups will you select?

At the end of the selection process we will select six startups in total to participate in the program.