PrintoCent Innofest 9.-10.6.2016, Oulu, Finland

To boost business around printed intelligence, PrintoCent Community is hosting the third PrintoCent InnoFest in June 9-10 in Oulu, Finland at the Nallikari Beach.

It will form the innovation stream of the annual startup event Midnight Pitch Fest, which will take place on the same date & venue. There will also be a wide selection of other innovation showcases with topics like 5G, Health and Gaming. As a result, the overall event offering will be most inspiring!

This outstanding event gives an opportunity for 25 teams to compete on the 1st prize (1,111€ plus manufacturing deal, technical support, business development and marketing support) and 10 startups/companies to showcase their solutions.

PrintoCent InnoFest is especially keen to have new solutions in the following innovation areas


DAY 1 - Thursday 9.6.2016

09:30 Welcoming speech by Ilkka Kaisto/VTT and the organizers. Quick introduction round of all the experts. Inspirational speech: From idea to business – Eero Kaikkonen, Minero 
Team work starts!
10:45-11:00 Company presentations: Neficon, Goodwiller, Optitune
12:00–13:00 L U N C H
13:45–14:00 Company presentations: Tespack, Flexbright, Focalspec, Capicon
14:30-15:00 Key Notes: Amanda Cosco/Electric Runway, Mansour Siddiqi/NuStartVentures
16:00-17:30 Team presentations: 5min/team
17:30 End of day 1 team work
17:30 5G competition starts!
18:00 Midnight Pitch Fest Pitching starts, sauna, pool, airguitar, barbaque!
00:00 Midnight Pitch Fest Award ceremony

DAY 2 - Friday 10.6.2016

09:30 Rise and shine – 2nd day start by organisers
11:00-11:30 Teams’ 1min upgrade presentations
11:30-11:45 Investor Key Note: Edward Schneider, Spirit Ventures
11:45 Announcing TOP5 Finalists
  L U N C H
13:00 Final presentations
13:30-13:45 Inspirational break
13:45 Award ceremony
14:00 Closing words

We welcome:

Developers, designers, multidisciplinary innovators, startups, industry partners, brands, students, investors and media to learn more about printed intelligence and activities around PrintoCent.

To participate in the competition, you need to bring a marvelous idea and have a skilled team. To support the competitors, we'll provide world class technical experts from VTT, Oulu based universities and Companies (PrintoCent Cluster) to guide you and to embrace the most potential aspects on your ideation.

Moreover, if your team needs some fresh ideators, we'll be happy to assign some student powers from the University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences to strengthen your team composition. The key is to have an open mind with a desire to come up with the most extraordinary ideas and solutions. From all the applications, the 25 teams will be selected on the basis of their idea: originality, feasibility & business potential.

See more outstanding innovations @
Midnight Pitch Fest 2015.

For more information,
please contact

PrintoCent Coordinator Ms Soile Kemi

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Event Pricing
& Participant roles

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Showcase companies providing expertise while grounding the flying ideas:

Coming soon...


For the selected InnoFest teams, we're happy to provide training and share information on Printed Intelligence. We will be using the PrintoCent Design Handbook as tutorial material, hence it’s recommended that you acquire a copy of this comprehensive volume:

Training & info sharing Boot Camp on printed intelligence will be organized by PrintoCent on May 26 at 9:00 -12:00 . 
All training will take place at the PrintoCent Pilot Factory facilities in VTT, Kaitoväylä 1, 90570 Oulu, Finland.

Apply here now to compete! From all the applications, the 30 teams will be selected on the basis of the idea: originality, feasibility & business potential. To compete in the InnoFest is free of charge unless you're so called Idea Sponsor i.e. a company providing an idea to be worked on. Showcase companies and experts, please contact directly

1. Team Structure

Team with an idea (free of charge) Individual with an idea (free of charge) Individual without own idea, wanting to work as a member in a team (free of charge) Idea Sponsor company with an idea, possibly needing additional individuals to build the team (Micro Startup 300€, SME 500€ and LSE 900€ - includes 3 entrance tickets to the event + web site & Facebook visibility)

2. Team data

3. Idea

Wellness & health Construction and interior design Point-of-sale and advertising Consumer gadgets (toys, games etc commercial products) Textiles (clothing, fabrics, fibers etc.) Food & food safety PLUS there's the "truly far from the conventional box" open idea stream,
for something super neat that we could not even expect to wish.

4. Visiting PrintoCent

Date 1. May 26th Date 2. June 11th

Please note, these dates are subject to change.

PrintoCent Innofest will not claim any ownership or rights to the presented ideas or IPR within this competition. Therefore, the idea owners will remain to have all their original rights to their work, unless agreed othervise.

I hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth above and I'm ready to submit my application to the competition

Please, inform about relevant updates related to your idea!


Participant roles & event pricing

There will be different types of attendees at the PrintoCent Innofest and everyone that innovates can join the activities for free. For registration, do give your details accordingly.

1. Teams that compete can be formed either before hand or you can come solo and we’ll assign you a team.
2. Idea Sponsors are also welcomed i.e. a company having an ideation need and a team leader can work on their idea with a given team.
3. Showcase companies will get a demo stand, presentation opportunity plus visibility on all marketing communications:

Idea Sponsors

We expect the Idea Sponsor to have a specific need or an own application idea, which could apply Printed Intelligence/Electronics to further develop the original idea. Moreover, they need to act as a team leader in the innovation team. We will help to bring additional experts to the team!

Active topic guides and experts

For those who do not wish to enter the competition, yet wish to actively attend and provide expert help for the competing teams we have two possible roles to offer:

1. An Expert to work and support the teams

This role is for those who only want to be present as an expert/technical contributor and not to compete. Each expert delivers a short info about his/her key expertise area: technology, application, industrial design or manufacturing processes. These experts will be available for teams under the guidance of InnoFest organisers.

2. A showcase company

Being a showcase company gives a chance to present your company offering via stand (table + rollup) and a presentation at the Innofest Forum. Plus to act as an expert guide to the participating innovation teams and also have an access to the Activity Arena, where the teams are working.

The costs for showcase companies:

a. Micro companies/Startups pay 100€
b. SME’s pay 200€
c. Large scale companies pay 300€

Please note, the we’ll add the 24%VAT to the above mentioned prices. To agree on your company role & participation & billing, please send email to Ms Soile Kemi at

Looking forward to seeing you!