University Business Forum 2023

Interested in funding and collaboration with billion-dollar companies or slightly smaller challenger companies? Join UBF2023!

In addition to highlighting the University of Oulu’s newest research-based knowledge, University Business Forum presents seven (7) Business Finland funded leading companies that are together in Northern Finland for the first time. You will learn about opportunities to join their ecosystems and to get funding for your own future-building research and activities.
Five people in a circle with their hands brought together, text "University Business Forum 2023" in the upper right corner

Event information



Venue location

Saalasti Hall, Linnanmaa campus

Add event to calendar

UBF2023’s theme is "Future proofing and future boosting", which highlights our collective opportunities for change and impact. Join us for inspiration and networking – also about sustainable fashion and about exploring AI.

UBF is the University of Oulu’s main event for university-academia collaboration and is now organized for the 5th time. This half-day event is free of charge. The language of the event is English.


08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-10:15 Main session: Inspiration for future proofing and future boosting

Welcome – Arto Maaninen, University of Oulu

Future proofing and future boosting at Ponsse – Juha Vidgrén, Ponsse

Panel discussion: Ecosystems for the win
How to invite, how to join, how to focus, how to communicate, how to lead, how to work together. Explore the expectations and experiences of leading company and challenger company ecosystems.

  • Panel chairs Satu Nätti (professor, marketing) and Saila Saraniemi (professor, brand marketing), University of Oulu
  • Introduction to this funding is provided by Arto Pussinen, Business Finland.
  • Seven (7) ecosystem representatives sharing their stories:
    Arto Pussinen, BF
    Jari Partanen, Bittium
    Virpi Puhakka, Valmet
    Charlotta Risku, Mirka
    Timo Korjamo, Orion Pharma
    Mikael Haag, Konecranes
    Laura Frisk, Danfoss
    Olli Liinamaa, Nokia

10:15-10:30 Coffee and moving to sessions
10:30-12:00 Sessions: Going forward together

Register to the event

The deadline for registration is October 5, 2023.

Further information

The event will start at Saalastinsali at Linnanmaa Campus, Oulu. For more details about the event, please contact:

Kaisa Still
Manager, Business Collaboration, 040 1508741

Keynote speaker

Juha Vidgrén

Juha Vidgrén, Manager, Public Relations, Ponsse

Last updated: 31.8.2023