Aino Heiska

January 13, 2021

Innovation challenge exploring and co-creating better and more sustainable data-based energy management for properties

Helen is one of the largest energy companies in Finland, founded in 1909, producing electricity, heat and cooling in production plants mainly located in Helsinki. As part of their journey on digitalization and data, Helen wanted to utilize Industryhack’s well managed co-creation activities as a way to find partners for better and more sustainable energy management as a service. Helen’s aim is to offer their property managing customers a comprehensive, integrated or automated customer experience combining different data sources – both those of Helen and those of its partners.

The whole 4-month project was conducted remotely: Helen, Industryhack and the 6 professional teams selected to join never met physically. The co-creation was facilitated online, enabling Helen and the teams to have meaningful conversations and sparring sessions around the topic and the solutions being created.

The innovation challenge offered Helen a great viewpoint to innovative partners and solutions that are already available (we received over 30 applications of potential partners), and a shortlist of interesting players to contact for later collaboration. Into the challenge itself we chose 6 teams that showed potential for creating synergies with Helen through deeper collaboration or a combined offering.

Helen ultimately chose one partner to continue collaboration in a proof-of-concept project starting soon after the Challenge. The chosen team, Kapacity.io wanted to understand how to engage end-users in heating-related issues – and to challenge the status quo that 21°C is a universally comfortable indoor temperature in Finland. This idea was very simple but backed by science, and focused on the customer.

Jaakko Rauhala, Co-founder & CEO, Kapacity.io

Great way to finalise a new product concept with a potential customer.


Team Kapacity feeling excited after learning that they would get to start a collaboration with Helen.



Aino Heiska was responsible for this project. If you are interested to hear more about it, don’t hesitate to contact her: +358 40 026 5641 or aino@industryhack.com


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