Finnish industry invests in co-creation with young talents – innovation platforms Demola and DIMECC join forces to accelerate industry’s foresight activities and global competitiveness

University students now have the opportunity to join the work of leading Finnish corporates via DIMECC, the most effective innovator in Europe and the most important innovation platform of the Finnish Industry. The forerunner of digital transformation, DIMECC, has become a shareholder in Demola Global, the most extensive facilitator of business renewal in the Europe. ‘DIMECC and Demola together have a unique capacity to creatively disrupt and boost industrial renewal, with extreme speed as well as through our enduring cooperation platform’, praises CEO Harri Kulmala of DIMECC.      

 The radical, experimental and rapid innovation made possible by students and universities becomes a key activity of the industry . DIMECC’s longterm RDI programs and the broad cooperation of companies and research institutes will thus be complemented by the agile Demola’s projects globally. Demola is based on agile and professionally guided co-creation projects, where the personnel of the client company and university students work together on a shared challenge for the future.

Co-creation means innovation by various actors in intense cooperation.

‘We have expanded internationally to 15 different countries and our alliance consists of 58 universities from four continents. It’s especially Finnish Industry, universities and thus DIMECC that is the best possible partner for us to build global success and thereby competitiveness. We’re known in the world thanks to Finnish know-how in education, but now our international growth will be boosted by the innovation know-how of the Finnish Industry’, states Demola’s CEO Ville Kairamo. Kairamo was rewarded with the Nokia Foundation Award in 2013 for developing Demola.

According to Kairamo, DIMECC and Demola joining forces is an answer to the changing needs of expertise and an act to promote capacity for innovation.

‘Demola can be regarded as innovating innovation, as a model representing tomorrow’s way of including

personnel in continuous renewal and creating new expertise. The work done by DIMECC and Demola internationally is exactly what society needs to stay competitive in the future. Thanks to this deal, DIMECC becomes a comprehensive innovation platform.  The time to market will be shortened again, which is our most important client promise’, emphasizes Ilari Kallio, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DIMECC and Director, Digitalisation in Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

DIMECC and Demola will both be strengthened considerably. DIMECC gains more international presence while Demola benefits from the very top industrial ownership and competence offered by DIMECC.

‘DIMECC has put together and guided many projects necessary for industrial renewal and created new ways of co-creation. Demola brings another agile tool for this and at the same time offers students opportunities to work with the industry’, describes Lauri Oksanen, Research Director of Nokia Bell Labs and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of DIMECC.

Demola and DIMECC joining forces is a significant step and opportunity for the Industry to boost its competitity. It also develops cooperation and creates societal benefits.

‘Demola renews the business cooperation of universities by bringing a concrete tool to work with companies. This shifts the emphasis of the cooperation to real co-creation, not just shopping of experts and expertise, but to multidisciplinary development of expertise to match the needs of the future. This increases the societal effectiveness of business cooperation’, points out Arto Maaninen, the Vice Rector of Oulu University.

DIMECC’s Goal: Being the Best

‘The European Commission has just announced to increase contributions to RDI and the Prime Minister of Finland has announced a huge raise in RDI expenditures as the goal, compared to the present level.

There are thus major opportunities both in Finland and Europe altogether’, recounts DIMECC’s CEO Harri Kulmala.

Kulmala is unapologetically ambitious.

“Our goal has long been to be the best innovation platform in the world, and DIMECC and Demola together have a unique capacity to creatively disrupt and boost industrial renewal, with extreme speed as well as through our enduring cooperation platform. DIMECC wants to be open for all to contribute, Demola and highly educated young people are an unbeatable reinforcement to us’, praises Kulmala.

Further information:

CEO Harri Kulmala, DIMECC, +358 40 840 6380,

CEO Ville Kairamo, Demola Global, +358 40 566 7182,

DIMECC is an innovation hub for digitalizing industry in Finland, bringing together the best forces from the Finnish manufacturing and digitalizing Industry as well as academic research. DIMECC’s shareholders are 69 top Finnish companies, universities and research institutes. DIMECC’s innovation platform brings yearly together a quarter of the member companies of the Technology Industries of Finland and over 2.000 top experts from the industries and research.

DEMOLA is a global platform for innovation, changing old ways of operating and thinking. Demola harnesses companies’ own innovation potential for maximum results. Demola combines companies, 58 universities and their over 700.000 students in 15 different countries.