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 – 31 May), during which any team can submit their proposal. 

Helsinki Energy Challenge will be present in several cities across different countries during the application phase – at industry events as well as at events co-hosted with local partners. These events are an opportunity to network with others who are interested in the Challenge, find new team members to partner with, and learn more about the Challenge. Check the list of events.

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 June 2020. The shortlisted teams will be informed about their selection by 2 July 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 October and the winners will be announced in November 2020. 

Key dates

27 February-31 May    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 website 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

March-May Helsinki Energy Challenge on tour  

31 March & 4 May Webinars 1 & 2: presenting Helsinki Energy Challenge

By 15 May  All clarifying questions and answers are published on the Challenge website

31 May 16:00 EET  Deadline for the Challenge applications

2 July  Finalist teams invited to join the co-creation phase 

3 July & 17 August  Orientation webinars for the finalist teams to get more information about the next steps

2-4 September  Boot camp in Helsinki for finalist teams

30 September  Deadline for the finalist teams to submit their final competition entries

October  Winner(s) selected by the international jury 

24 November  Awards ceremony, Helsinki