The Jätkäsaari Smart Mobility project is creating an urban test area for smart mobility solutions, where SMEs specialising in mobility are provided with support in developing their business and opportunities to pilot their solutions in an interesting environment.
Jätkäsaari is a seaside district being built right next to Helsinki city centre, which will eventually house around 20,000 residents. The district already houses one terminal of the busiest passenger port in the world, the Port of Helsinki. The terminal connects Finland and Estonia in a close, symbiotic relationship with daily flow of commuters and cruise ship passengers.
Jätkäsaari is being developed into a nationally unique centre of new mobility, where companies can test their solutions with real customers and in actual traffic.
The creation of the test area in Jätkäsaari’s vibrant urban environment is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council. The aim is to provide SMEs and startups based in the Helsinki region with an area where they can carry out experiments and receive support for developing their business operations.
An urban test environment to boost companies
Coordinated by Forum Virium Helsinki, the project’s other partners are Helsinki Business Hub and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Through the project, Helsinki Business Hub aims to help startups in developing their business operations and more established companies in entering the international market. Metropolia, on the other hand, will be offering the expertise of its students to companies and maintaining the working, presentation and co-creation space to be set up as part of the project.
The two-year project was launched in October 2018. The initial stage of the project focuses on identifying companies specialising in mobility and listening to their needs. These are used as the basis for creating and outfitting a test street/area and a working, presentation and co-creation space. This will be followed by pilots with customers and in traffic in 2019–2020.
Participating companies will receive free help with piloting, sparring for developing their business, a small workspace and plenty of visibility. By carrying out pilots in Jätkäsaari, companies will also gain practical references regarding the functioning of their new technology or the customers of their service.
Come and experiment in Jätkäsaari, the new urban test area that supports the starting up and growth of mobility companies!
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