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Green Growth Economy

Green Innovation Competition 2014 – join the Live Pitching and vote for your favourite idea!

The Green Innovation Competition received altogether 38 green innovation ideas. The variety of ideas was wide, as well as quality high, so the decision of the finalists was not easy.

Five finalist ideas will be presented in an free-of-charge, open pitching session on 5th of June in Lappeenranta, Finland.

Join the Live Pitching and vote for your favorite idea!

Read more about the event and register here.

Innovation Forum postponed

The EU-Russia Innovation Forum, which was planned to be held in Lappeenranta on June 4th-6th, will be postponed. The event was to be held for the fourth time but has now suffered from a low registration rate due to the international political situation resulting from the crisis in Ukraine. There were also uncertainties and last-minute cancellations regarding the participation of certain speakers. Because the prevailing political situation was considered difficult, the organisers decided to postpone the event to a time more favourable for the theme and stakeholders. A new date for the Forum has not yet been set.

The event was last organised two years ago, and it attracted over 800 participants. Now, just before the registration deadline, the number of participants was approximately 300.

The organisers of the event are the City of Lappeenranta and Lappeenranta University of Technology. The theme of this year’s Innovation Forum was Green Growth Economy.

“The programme of the Innovation Forum was very good. However, the event could not have taken place in the intended way, which is why we considered it best to postpone it,” states Rector Ilkka Pöyhönen, LUT.

Mayor Kimmo Jarva regrets that the circumstances require the last-minute postponement of the Forum. “Nevertheless, I am confident that we will have better opportunities in the future to organise a successful Forum. This year’s efforts have not been in vain – we have, in fact, been laying the groundwork for the next Forum.”

The Bridge 2014 seminar, the Green Start-up Summer School, the Green Innovation Competition final and Sykli's conferencewill take place as planned.


Further information:

Kimmo Jarva, Mayor, City of Lappeenranta, tel. +358 40 8442000,
Veli Matti Virolainen, Vice-rector, Lappeenranta University of Technology, tel. +358 40 541 1862,

Energy Efficiency - Cleantech - Green and Smart Cities - Green Growth in Practice

Knowledge is our only enduring asset."

Olli Rehn


Knowledge-based entrepreneurship, for example by academic start-ups, is a trend in the 2000s that continues to grow."

Anssi Vanjoki

Professor of Practice at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT)

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