These two smartups will be sent to conquer Ecosummit!

Smart Retro Acceleration Program has proudly reached its home stretch: after 2 great innovation camps, 20+ media hits and 11 startups doing testing in urban environments, 2 smartups will try their wings and represent Smart Retro in Ecosummit, London! This is why Smart Retro project partners voted PiggyBaggy and Fourdeg to Ecosummit, the Europe’s leading smart green innovation conference. What is Smart Retro Acceleration Program? A special acceleration program tailored for sustainable and smart service startups which create solutions for urban contexts. Startups from Finland, Sweden and UK teamed up with large organisations […]

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Smartup statements: Remarket

Remarket is an exciting new online marketplace for quality second-hand clothing. We spoke to its co-founder Marta Jaakkola.   How does the service improve urban life? It’s a sustainable way to shop fashion; shop for clothes. We give you the option of selling your clothing onwards. That promotes a cycle of re-use, without compromising style or quality. Where do you see yourself and the company in 2 years? We hope to become the leading online market place for contemporary second hand clothing in the Nordics. Maybe open up some physical stores too. What does success look […]

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Smartup statements: PiggyBaggy

PiggyBaggy is a crowdsourced delivery platform, which has gained a good buzz in Finland. Harri Paloheimo, the father of the idea, summarises: 1) Explain your service or product in one sentence. While on their way to somewhere, people can transport goods to each other in exchange for a small compensation. 2) How does it help people in their urban life? It reduces the need of having a car and improves the contemporary infrastructure. Public transportation, car pools etc. as buses are designed to commute people, not goods. It saves time, money and […]

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Smartup statements: Nurmi Clothing

Nurmi Clothing hails from Lahti, Finland. It focuses on ethical and sustainable clothes. Recently Nurmi launched a “clothing library”. With a small monthly fee you can extend your wardrobe without buying more clothes. Founder Anniina Nurmi provides a background: 1) Anniina, explain your service or product in one sentence. Nurmi is a transparent clothing company which combines high-quality design and responsible manufacturing. 2) How does it help people in their urban life? We offer alternatives for consumers who want to dress themselves responsibly yet stylish. 3) Where do you see yourself […]

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Smartup statements: Yhteismaa

Smartups are companies that are aiming for renewing urban life in radical, smart and sustainable ways. During Peloton Smart Retro Innovation Camp in Bagarmossen (Stockholm), we interviewed our bold and brave entrepreneurs. One of them is Tanja Jänick from Yhteismaa, Finland. 1) Tanja, explain your service or product in one sentence. Nifty Neighbour is a map-based social media for neighbourhoods, which brings together people living close to each other and enhances the social wellbeing of residential districts. 2) How does it help people in their urban life? Simply by increasing the interaction between human […]

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Smartup statements: Represent

Smartups are companies that are aiming for renewing urban life in radical, smart and sustainable ways. During Peloton Smart Retro Innovation Camp in Bagarmossen (Stockholm), we interviewed our bold and brave entrepreneurs. One of them is Ed Downing from Represent, UK. 1) Ed, explain your service or product in one sentence. It’s an entirely new way of having your voice heard on things that are important to you – having your desires represented so to speak. 2) How does it help people in their urban life? By giving the atomised version of urban life: […]

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Can smart services accelerate the renewal of Oslo city center?

Last years have marked the emergence of new smart urban services such as car sharing, smart homes, pop-up diners, electric bicycles and many forms of collaborative consumption. Meanwhile, many – even central – neighbourhoods in European towns and cities are facing severe decline. Lack of investments, eroding infrastructure and e-commerce have lead to demise of traditional retail and local services. Oslo is not an exception. The capital of one of the richest countries in the world has a number of central neighbourhoods that have been in state of decline for […]

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Meet the Smartups

The second Peloton Smart Retro Innovation Camp brought together 13 new innovative startups in Stockholm. Here are five of them. This group of daring and inspiring entrepreneurs is doing more with less. We call the firms “smartups”: startups that make more efficient use of existing resources, particularly in housing, food and transportation. It is these individuals who are helping to transform our cities into more liveable communities with smarter services.   HOFFICE Hoffice, or the ‘Airbnb of offices,’ makes it possible for you to open up your apartment for others […]

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