The application phase has ended.

Helsinki Energy Challenge has two key phases. In the first one, you need to convince us that your solution could be the right one for us. In the second phase of co-creation, we will help you to develop your solution and adapt it to the Helsinki-specific context.


Open application phase and selection of teams

The challenge competition starts with an open application phase (27 March – 30 September), during which any team can submit their proposal. 

Helsinki Energy Challenge webinars and other online events, organised during the application phase, are opportunities to learn more about the Challenge and to network with others who are interested in the Challenge and to find new team members to partner with. The list of online events will be updated regularly, see here.

The City of Helsinki will screen applications and select the best teams and their preliminary ideas and solutions with the help of independent industry experts in October 2020. The shortlisted teams will be informed about their selection early November 2020.

Co-creation phase and selection of the winner

Shortlisted teams will work to develop and fine-tune their proposals during the co-creation phase, which includes webinars, teams’ individual work and a three-day boot camp in Helsinki. During the boot camp, the teams will have joint sessions with all participants, local industry experts and representatives from the City of Helsinki - a great opportunity to network and learn more! There will also be one-on-one meetings with selected industry experts and time dedicated to the teams’ own work. Teams will get access to the information needed to develop and finalise their proposals. The aim is to provide the information and support each team needs for their specific solution. 

During the co-creation phase, each team will receive 10,000 euros to fund their work and continue elaborating their solution for the Helsinki Energy Challenge in greater detail. In addition, reasonable travel expenses to Helsinki to join the boot camp will be reimbursed. The travel expenses will be covered for a maximum of three team members.

At the end of the co-creation phase, the finalists will submit their updated and final proposals. A high-profile international jury will select the winners in the beginning of 2021 and the winners will be announced in March 2021.


Key dates 2020

27 February–30 September   Application phase

During the application phase, it is possible to send clarifying questions to the organizer. All questions must be sent using the form on the Q&A site. All questions and answers will be published on the Q&A site according to these deadlines:

Questions sent by 20 March: Q&A published by 3 April
Questions sent by 10 April: Q&A published by 24 April
Questions sent by 1 May: Q&A published by 15 May
Questions sent by 29 May: Q&A published by 12 June
Questions sent by 22 June: Q&A published by 3 July
Questions sent by 7 August: Q&A published by 21 August
Questions sent by 31 August: Q&A published by 14 September


April–September   Helsinki Energy Challenge webinars and other events
The list will be updated regularly:

By 14 September   All clarifying questions and answers are published on the Challenge website

30 September 16:00 local time (Helsinki, Finland)   Deadline for the Challenge applications

By 6 November   Finalist teams invited to join the co-creation phase 

11 November   Orientation webinar for the finalist teams to get more information about the next steps

9–11 December   Boot camp in Helsinki for finalist teams


Key dates 2021

22 January   Deadline for the finalist teams to submit their final competition entries

February   Winner(s) selected by the international jury 

March   Awards ceremony, Helsinki