The Baltic Institute of Finland and Council of Tampere Region organised together with Tampere University of Technology, VTT, Natural Resource Centre Finland and Business Tampere a major circular economy matchmaking event #WastetoValuables with around 150 participants. The event took place at Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere on 23 November. The second day 24 November was devoted to parallel site visits to Hiedanranta – the future smart and circular urban district of Tampere, ECO3 industrial symbiosis park on the border of Tampere and Nokia as well as related VTT and TUT laboratories.The event was organised as part of BSR Stars S3 project.

Matchmaking event included several interesting company cases as circular business models and digitalisation was one of the key themes. Other themes of working groups were how to make business from nutrient cycles and circular economy in construction. The event included also “business clinics” with researchers providing advises to companies on how to make better use of circular in their business. Key note speaker of the event was Professor Nancy Bocken from Lund University.

“In Circular economy the value is created in ecosystems. It demands radically networked new business models where digitalisation is an enabler. For example IoT provides possibilites to follow material flows efficiently”, says Maria Antikainen, Senior Scientist at VTT.

Press release (in Finnish)

Presentations are available at the BSR Stars S3 project web site.