Helsinki Metropolitan is an excellent location for developing new, innovative health tech solutions. Measured per capita, Finland has more R&D professionals and healthcare startups than any other country. If you’re looking to co-create with the world’s most innovative health startups or seeking to invest, you’ve come to the right place.
Health technology is one of the fastest growing high-tech export sectors in Finland, accounting already for more than half of the country’s high-tech exports.
And there’s more to come. You will have heard of the Finnish startup miracle, Slush, Maria01, and unicorns like Supercell and Rovio. Finland has one of the largest startup ecosystems in the world. In the health space alone, there are about 400 startups, of which about 100 are located in the Helsinki Metropolitan region. The digital health startup scene is one of the strongest and most innovative in the world.
Health startups are supported by the local health ecosystem with hubs like Health Capital Helsinki, Terkko Health Hub and Upgraded strengthening the connections, accelerating innovation and attracting foreign investments and companies to partner. Health Incubator Helsinki, launched in 2020, offers long-term support for early-stage startups.
A key feature of the local ecosystem is collaboration: universities, research institutions and companies consistently work together in pursuit of exciting new innovation. Most of the largest medtech and pharmaceutical companies in the world are present in the Helsinki Metropolitan. Many of them participate in the FinnGen research project and have ongoing innovation and R&D activities.
Here are some of Helsinki Metropolitan’s most interesting health startups to follow: Aiforia, Buddy Healthcare, Disior, Etsimo Healthcare, GlucoModicum, Klinik Healthcare Solutions, Mvision AI, Nightingale Health, Osgenic, Rappta Therapeutics, Surgify Medical, Valo Therapeutics
Take a look at also the promising startups in the Health Incubator Helsinki program:
Batch 1 startups (2020)
Epiheart, Healthzilla, Maculaser, Medified, MedicubeX, Sartar Therapeutics, SCellex, Sciar, SOENIA® by BrainCare, Uute Scientific, VEIL.AI
Batch 2 startups (2021)
AnalysisMode, Cardiomtec, Curify, DataSolu, Evexia, Finnadvance, Flux Polymers, Henkaus, Jasmine PRO, Knewborn.AI, Nordic Fit Mama, Phonolyser, Trialwell
Finnish innovation to fight COVID-19:
Finnish health tech companies with solutions to COVID-19
You may also be interested in case stories of Helsinki Metropolitan health startups:
GlucoModicum takes on diabetes with its own, needle-free technology
Disior is transforming 3D medical imaging
VEIL.AI takes data anonymization and synthetization to the next level