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Oulu’s startups gathered 50 Meur in a year!

Julkaistu 30.11.2016

Companies from Oulu are together at BusinessOulu’s Slush stand in Helsingin Messukeskus to meet 17,500 experts, startups, big businesses, investors and media representatives. You are welcome to network at Stand 6 B 23. Oulu’s key messages for investors are the following: “Oulu points out that 2014-2015 was a successful period for Oulu since 15 new international ICT companies opened their sites in Oulu. During 2016 Oulu based companies have already received 45 Meur in venture capital investments." Find us on social media with tags #OuluGoesSlush, #Slush and #Slush2016.

At Slush, Europe’s most significant startup and technology event on 30 Nov-1 Dec 2016, BusinessOulu uses hashtags #OuluGoesSlush, #Slush, and #Slush2016 on social media. BusinessOulu is one of Slush’s key partners.

Oulu and companies from Oulu are strongly present on their shared stand 6 B 23 for the first time. Presenting themselves with BusinessOulu are eight companies providing IoT services and products. The companies involved are from different industries. Spent and Taviq represent finance; Rugged Tooling, ROHM Semiconductor, and Haltian represent ICT and cybersecurity; Valtavalo represents Cleantech and energy efficiency, Koukoi Games represents Oulu’s game know-how, and Goodwiller represents health and wellness.

Oulu is a significant startup center. Companies in Oulu extensively represent different sectors, painting a picture of Oulu’s versatile structure of trade and industry. Oulu’s strengths lie especially in Life Science (OuluHealth, bioindustry, health and wellfare), as well as ICT and IoT know-how. The development of the future of networks, 5G, is already well underway in Oulu, and 5G Open Innovation Platform test network is already available for companies to utilize.

Slush has grown from a startup-like gathering of 300 people to one of the world’s main events in the field. Altogether 17,500 technology experts, startups, big businesses, investors and media representatives meet now in Helsingin Messukeskus. The non-profit Slush is organized by a community consisting of entrepreneurs, investors, studentes, and the event’s coordinators themselves. Over 2,000 volunteers are involved.

Oulu is known for Polar Bear Pitching (held next time 14-15 February 2017) and Midnight Pitch Fest events.

For more information

BusinessOulu, Executive director Juha Ala-Mursula, +358 40 5597 020,
BusinessOulu, Head of Marketing and Communications Pauliina Pikkujämsä, +358 40 7434 362,
BusinessOulu, Key Account Director Janne Mustonen, +358 45 6752 929,

Companies at Slush stand 6 B 23 with BusinessOulu

IoT SOLVED - We move your business to digital era!

Haltian is a Finnish design and engineering company that brings challenging new wireless and IoT products from initial design to reality. Our Thingsee IoT platform is an all-wireless and complete solution including devices and connectivity. Thingsee integrates to your existing cloud and application, or you can have the complete solution to suit your needs. NEW: beautifully designed and long operation time Thingsee sensors (POD, TAG) are now available for fast piloting, Thingsee HUB providing a data gateway. We make your vision define tomorrow!

Rugged Tooling
Stress tests for IP networks

Have you ever suffered a cyberattack? Or lost your temper with a slow network? If you have, you know why it is important to ensure the security and reliability of IP networks. We provide tools for stress testing IP networks at an early phase. Our customers are companies that develop IP networks and services. The main advantages are agility and value for money: the tools can be enhanced quickly to create new test scenarios. Our core business model consists of product sales and the annual support fees. Our products are already in use in China, India, USA, Germany, Sweden and Finland.

Rohm Semiconductor
Quality is our top priority at all times

ROHM Semiconductor is an industry leader in system LSIs, discrete components, and module products, utilizing the most advanced technologies and proprietary production systems.

Valtavalo Ltd
Finnish Excellence in LED-lighting

Valtavalo Ltd is a Finnish company specialising in energy-saving and environmentally friendly lighting solutions. Own R&D and fully automated manufacturing in Finland guarantee the best possible quality of the products. Valtavalo is the leading manufacturer of LED tubes in Scandinavia and has sales offices in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as distributors across the Europe. Valtavalo is now looking for right contacts to enable rapid and profitable growth in international market in particular.

A new level of customer interaction for investment services

TAVIQ helps banks and investment services seize the opportunity presented by market changes and new technologies. Our web-based software allows investment services customers to complete their investor profile online before meeting with an advisor. This, along with solutions for risk profiling and possibilities for robo-advisory, help the advisor understand and meet the customer’s expectations as well as save time for building the personal relationship. TAVIQ is in Nordea Bank’s Startup accelerator and looking to start piloting the product with investment services.

Espenses made simple with cashback

SPENT is a new way of doing expenses and earning cashback. We refuse to let users pay the price of bad design and products that are hard to use. We think users should have a choice, to use expense management software that focuses on solving their problems and does so with a use-friendly design and cashback on everyday purchases. Our revenue comes from commissions paid by merchants, that way we keep the product free for our users.

Koukoi Games
Aim on game

Koukoi Games is a mobile game startup located in Oulu, Finland. Founded in 2015, Koukoi has focused on producing original and licensed IP games featuring exceptionally high production value and truly memorable gaming experiences.

Goodwiller Oy
World's first truly reliable alcohol test for every consumer

Goodwiller creates new and innovative diagnostics products for consumer market. Our first product, "promilless", is reliable and easy-to-use alcohol test for people wanting to make responsible decisions in their life. The product is very affordable and will be widely available in retail distributors and online-channels. With "promilless" we are creating totally new product category for consumer diagnostics.