Fortum
Innovation
Challenge

Challenging the next generation

Circle

Winners are announced!
We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the challenge. Read more about the winners here.

Competition closed on 22 Feb 2015

CLOSED

Prizes

The winner of the Fortum Innovation Challenge will be awarded with several great prizes:

Paid summer internship at Fortum

As an intern you will work as a business or product developer at Fortum and get the opportunity to see what it’s like to work for one of Northern Europe’s largest energy companies. Although not guaranteed the internship might lead to further job opportunities at Fortum.

The duration of the internship will be approximately 6-8 weeks and take place during the summer of 2015 at Fortum’s offices in Stockholm if you live in Sweden, or at Fortum’s offices in Espoo if you live in Finland.

Opportunity to develop your idea with Fortum

During your internship at Fortum, your main task will be to work with your idea and take it closer to implementation. If this cannot be arranged, we will find another interesting project according to your profile. You will nonetheless work together with professional business and product developers from Fortum, and learn how to use their models and tools in the process. Of course this is also a great opportunity to build a valuable network for the future.

A fully paid trip to Silicon Valley with Fortum

The two winning teams from Sweden and Finland will go on a fully paid study trip to Silicon Valley together with Fortum. During the trip you will visit companies working on exiting, new energy solutions, have the opportunity to network with interesting people in the business, and experience Silicon Valley's unique atmosphere.

Judges

The jury will consist of the following representatives from Fortum.

Heli Antila, Fortum CTO and head of Technology & Innovation

What do you do in your position at Fortum?

I take care of R&D and innovation in Fortum. R&D might sound boring. However in Fortum, R&D means the development of new, technology-enabled business, taking into account both market and regulation aspects. The scope is wide, starting from how we can add value in the future bio-economy, to such sustainable customer solutions, which are easy and nice to use.

What is your main contribution to the jury?

I am bringing to the jury my extensive experience in the energy sector, from power plants to consumers!

Göran Hult, Vice President, R&D, Fortum Sweden

What do you do in your position at Fortum?

I have three different areas where I spend most of my time: R&D on the corporate level where I coordinate activities in Sweden, participate in some R&D projects and also act as deputy member of the board in Elforsk. I also represent Fortum in partly owned Swedish nuclear companies. The third area is public affairs where I represent Swedish energy in Eurelectric EP&G.

What are you looking for in this competition?

I am looking forward to finding ideas for how the utilization of big data can give us new business opportunities and improve our ongoing businesses.

What is your main contribution to the jury?

I think I have a good overall understanding of most of our businesses and also the whole energy system. That will be a good foundation to understand what impact the different ideas could have in the future.

What do you think constitutes a successful innovation?

A good innovation needs, of course, to contain novel thinking. Either a new technology/business, or a new way of utilizing or combining present technologies. The timing is also really important to take into consideration, so that it is possible to introduce the innovation to the market. However, an innovation’s success is strongly dependent on the innovators ability to present the case.

Daniel Isaksson, Head of Products & Delivery, Electricity Sales Sweden

What do you do in your position at Fortum?

P&L responsibility for Fortum's portfolio of offerings, products and services within electricity sales, energy efficiency and value added services targeted at Swedish consumer and business customers.

What are you looking for in this competition?

Game changing ideas delivering excellent customer experience as well as value to Fortum's business.

What is your main contribution to the jury?

Bringing the perspective of the end customer and the retail business.

What do you think constitutes a successful innovation?

Simplicity, delivering customer value and uniqueness!

Timo Liiri, Head of Products & Delivery, Electricity Sales Finland

What do you do in your position at Fortum?

I work in Fortum Markets Finland and I’m responsible for our existing and new products, services and related processes.

What are you looking for in this competition?

One of the most important development areas is customer experience. Of course this includes new innovative products and services, but I also hope this competition could provide some new approaches to contribute to excellent customer experience within new services.

What is your main contribution to the jury?

I will evaluate new innovations with an open mind and apply a customer perspective!

Kalle Ahlstedt, Vice President, New Business

What do you do in your position at Fortum?

I am the head of the new consumer product and service unit in Fortum, called New Business. In the past, my unit has, for example, developed and launched Fortum Fiksu in Finland, as well as Fortum Hemkontroll in Sweden.

What are you looking for in this competition?

Fresh, concrete ideas and inspired people to develop them!