Open calls and co-creation

Forum Virium Helsinki is a project organization and our projects are mainly carried out with national or EU funding. In this page you’ll find more information on our open calls, the innovation process and the impact our co-creation projects have had on our partners.

Open calls

In Open Calls we seek solutions from companies, universities or research institutes that want to develop their innovation with co-creation. The open calls are usually connected to digitalisation or carbon-neutral solutions. We’ll offer your company all the support and help needed while piloting new services in Helsinki – for free. In many of our projects, the whole city of Helsinki is available as a testbed for your innovation. Through piloting, you’ll achieve a proof of concept and valuable feedback from the end-users.

Helsinki from above.

Open call: drone-as-a-service pilot – utilising drones in healthcare logistics

The CITYAM project is seeking a drone service provider to conduct BVLOS test flights for healthcare logistics. The call for tenders closes on Friday 17 May 2024.! Read more >>>


Co-creation is our method of developing new services for citizens. We bring the city, companies, research institutes and citizens to the same table to plan a new innovative urban solution. Citizens are often the end-users of your innovation. We can offer you a vast pool of citizens from Helsinki, who are interested in co-creation and testing your product. When you develop your innovation in co-creation, you get the valuable user experience from the whole city ecosystem.

The innovation process

With innovations, we aim for low-carbon urban solutions for Helsinki and the entire European Union. In our innovation process, Forum Virium’s is constantly looking for new innovation partners and projects. When the partners are together, the implementation of the project begins.

The typical project duration is from one to three years. The most visible phase is when companies test new solutions in real life settings across Helsinki. Pilots are often carried out at the same time in other European countries, depending on who is involved in the project.

If a new smart city solution works and finds its customers, companies often continue to commercialise it until it gets established as a new urban service. The learnings of the project are mostly open information that the entire urban ecosystem can utilise.


We organize several hackathons every year. In them, programmers or companies are given a challenge that they try to solve during a short and intensive work period in the hackathon. In hackathons, we have developed solutions for, among other things, the city’s winter maintenance. Hackathon winners usually get a prize.

EU projects

Hundreds of companies have used EU funding in our pilot projects. The amounts vary from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of euros. For example, in the AI4Cities project, climate solutions utilising artificial intelligence were sought, and 1.45 million euros were used for company experiments.

Success stories of companies

Read more about the impact our co-creation projects have had. You can find more impact stories here.

Robot company

A successful healthtech company was created from the SARA social robot project with Forum Virium Helsinki. Read more >>

The SARA project was the base of our company. Now in 2023, we are operational in 15 care organisations with 24 robots.”

Annabella Hermans, SARA Robotics
Drone lentää taivaalla, kantaa etualalla pientä punaista pakettia, jossa sydäniskuri.Taustalla sinisiä rakennuksia.

Everdrone piloted drones

Everdrone AB piloted the delivery of medical equipment in case of an emergency. The succesfull pilot took place in Helsinki. Read more >>

Kustaankartano multisensorinen aistihuone

OiOi’s pilot had an impact

OiOi Collective piloted an innovative recreation room in a senior center in Helsinki. The clients positive feelings improved and they were able to cut down the doses of medication. Read more >>

Additional information

Programme Director, Smart city Kerkko Vanhanen

Kerkko Vanhanen
Programme Director, Smart city
+358 40 596 8296

Technology Director Timo Sillander

Timo Sillander
Technology Director
+358 40 753 8090

Programme Director, Smart Mobility Minna Torppa

Minna Torppa
Programme Director, Smart Mobility
+358 40 556 2125