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About us

A Grid is the stable for future unicorns located right in the heart of Aalto University Campus.

A Grid is a startup community and one of Northern Europe’s largest centers for growth companies. We are home to nearly 150 startups, accelerators, such as the European Space Agency and Aalto Startup Center, as well as partners and established companies, like City of Espoo’s business services. We also serve as a vibrant space for entrepreneurial expertise, services and events. 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 infrastructure.

A Grid is a unique combination of entrepreneurial spirit, creative community, innovative mindset, awesome facilities and university campus lifestyle bringing people together in different ways. Our headquarters is located in the A Grid building (Otakaari 5) in Otaniemi, Espoo, 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 the adjoining Otakaari 7 building for starter offices and locations across the campus for thematic coworking spaces accessible via our coworking 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 approximately 12 000 students and 4 000 employees. A Grid is part of Aalto’s ecosystem for entrepreneurship, 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, Kiuas and Slush.

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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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