Wed, 01 Dec



Y Science: Synbio Power Pitch Competition 2021

SynBio/Biotech/Sustainability session from 13:15 - 14:20

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Y Science: Synbio Power Pitch Competition 2021

Time & Location

01 Dec 2021, 13:15 – 14:20 EET

Helsinki, 00520 Helsinki, Finland

About the Event

Welcome to our Synbio Power Pitch Competition 2021!

Join us on December 1st from 13:15 to 14:35 (EET) as we cover the topics of synthetic biology, biotechnology, and sustainability at Y Science 2021 - a SLUSH side event.

Y Science is an event that brings together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to the society in the field of life sciences. Synbio Powerhouse proudly presents the Synbio Power Pitch competition finals where 5 teams will present their Synbio Pitch to compete for the 5000 € award. More info:

The keynote on sustainability will be presented by Perttu Koskinen, VP of Innovation, Discovery and External Collaboration, Neste.


13:15   Intro to SynBio Powerhouse - Tuula Palmén, Synbio Powerhouse

13:17   SynBio documentary

13:29   Keynote - Perttu Koskinen, Neste

13:40   SynBio Power Pitch (5 teams)

14:20   Networking break (15 min)

There are two additional sessions during Y Science. Health/Pharma from 12:00 - 13:00 and Foodtech/Agritech from 14:35 - 15:40. Everyone is welcome!

For more information:

How to register:

Access to the event is free but requires reserving your spot. Registrations are now open and you can secure your spot (either in person or online) by signing up to the Tavata platform ( and then joining our event using the code: VMNR


Siipi room 101AB, Messukeskus, Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki.

Jury members for the selection of the finalists:

  • Juha Lindfors, Partner, Lifeline Ventures
  • Perttu Koskinen, VP of Innovation, Discovery and External Collaboration, Neste
  • Janne Mielck, Private Equity, Infrastructure and Impact Investment executive, ECBF
  • Miikka Mähönen, Principal designer, HMD Global
  • Rasmus Pinomaa, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Kemira
  • Merja Penttilä, Professor in Synthetic biology, Aalto-University. Research Professor, VTT
  • Tuula Palmén, Co-Creation Manager, VTT, Ph.D. EMBA, Cell and molecular biologist

Background info on Synbio Powerpitch 2021:

Synbio Power Pitch 2021 is a pitching competition organized by Synbio Powerhouse and VTT to find innovative ways to use biological side streams and waste streams into added-value products, using the tools of synthetic biology, AI, machine learning, and biotechnology.

The Synbio Power Pitch 2021 call gathered 35 applications from all over the world. Entries came from Finland, Uganda, Rwanda, Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Brazil, USA, The Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Latvia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Sixteen teams have now passed to the semi-finals.

In this competition, the participating teams received valuable mentoring and feedback from our expert collaborators and partners. All participating teams gained visibility among investors, our industry partners, and our research collaborators in academia and research institutions. Access to wet lab mentoring and lab space in Espoo, Finland was also provided to those teams who needed it.

Based on the refined pitches, 5 finalists were selected by our expert jury. The winning team will take home 5,000 euros to continue developing their idea further!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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