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About us

A Grid is a startup community and one of Europe’s largest centers for growth companies. As part of the Aalto University campus we work as a gateway to the university’s international network of resources, talented students and cutting-edge research and resources. We also serve as a vibrant space for entrepreneurial expertise, services and events. A Grid houses all kinds of startups, accelerators, such as the European Space Agency and Aalto Startup Center, as well as partners and established companies, like Fortum.

Our headquarters is located in the A Grid building in Otakaari 5, with most of our private office spaces, open working areas, meeting spots and event venues. However, the community is growing and we are expanding to locations across the campus for thematic coworking venues accessible via the hot seat Campus Membership.

Get a head start with the Aalto ecosystem

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community where science and art meet technology and business.

The university has six schools with nearly 18,000 students and 4,000 employees. A Grid is part of Aalto’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs, rated by MIT among the top five rising stars globally.

Our diverse ecosystem consists of student-led and university-run entrepreneurial activities, plus all kinds of partners, researchers and established companies on site. We have a strong network to support startup growth, including Design Factory, Aalto Startup Center, Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, Startup Sauna and Slush.

Access to talent and facilities

A Grid is a gateway to Aalto University’s talent base and resources. The university’s main campus is rapidly developing into a vibrant innovation hub with plenty of partnership opportunities and a highly skilled workforce.

Aalto University has significant research infrastructure open for everyone. It includes world-class research facilities for micro- and nanotechnology, neuroimaging, and bioeconomy. There are also excellent resources for computational research, radio astronomy and space research. In addition, Aalto Studios facilitate film and TV, games and animation, VR/AR, product- and user experience testing, sensor data-analysis and fast prototyping.

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