Helsinki’s startup ecosystem boosted by construction of large startup campus

Helsinki is developing an internationally significant startup campus with around 5,000 jobs and 70,000 square metres in connection to the successful Maria 01 startup hub. The new Maria 01 campus will be looking to attract growth companies, startups, anchor companies, investors, accelerators and representatives of research and development activities. The objective is to get around 650 new actors in addition to the current 130 actors.

A consortium led by construction company YIT and pension provider Keva was chosen as the contractor of the project and in addition to the leaders, it comprises 23 companies, including Accenture, Industryhack, Kone, MaaS Global, Nokia, Siemens and Slush. The contractors were chosen in the preparation phase of the local detailed plan, in order to be able to plan the area according to the idea.

The partner companies produce innovative services and solutions needed by the startup campus, bring managerial skills and growth company expertise to the project and develop the functional concept of the project and the architecture that expresses it.

The new Maria 01 is meant as a meeting place for startups developing their ideas, growth companies, venture capitalists, private equity investors and international big business offering international growth possibilities and partnerships to startups.

The premises of Maria 01 are planned according to the needs of a growing company. The team can work in the house from the development of the idea to the brink of growth. The premises and the rental agreements will be planned to support both impermanence and rapid needs for change.

There will be more than 50 000 square metres of new premises built according to the plan. Also included in the plan is an expansion of the current Maria 01 from 13,000 square metres to 19,000 square metres.

The area’s development period will run through 2020, which is when the planned expansion work will commence. The expansion is due to be completed in 2023.

*) Source: press release (edited).

**) Source Header: AOR Architects

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