Maria 01 Aims to Be Europe’s Largest Startup Campus

Mikko Kuusakoski, Head of Data and Analytics at YIT, talks about Maria 01, a development project in Helsinki that will boost the European startup ecosystem.

Maria is an old hospital block that in 2016 was turned into a startup campus. Today, it houses over 100 startups and has 1,100 members. In 2018, the members raised 92 million euros in funding.

After the new development, the campus will be one of the largest in Europe. It will have 70,000 square meters for over 650 companies, from startups to major tech corporations and institutions. The first phase of the development will complete in 2022.

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Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. At present, he runs AE Partners, a communication firm. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.


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