One of the aims of Helsinki Brain & Mind (HB&M)  is to facilitate researchers from different backgrounds to co-create and innovate in the neuroscience area. In 2020–2021, HB&M prepared a systematic  health innovation ecosystem mapping in the Helsinki metropolitan area,  offering  an updated overview of the ecosystem. The health innovation ecosystem in the Helsinki metropolitan area is very lively and complex, and offers many possibilities for each innovation step: from the development of an innovative idea to the final innovation product. Below we have described some of the innovation activities carried out as part of HB&M. 

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To highlight all the different possibilities of the innovation ecosystem, HB&M created a comprehensive ecosystem mapping document. In the document, each organisation is introduced with an overview of their work. The document also specifically describes each player’s target group, as well as why and when one should get in touch with them. 

Since the health innovation ecosystem in the Helsinki metropolitan area is quite big, to guide researchers, students and other innovators to the most relevant ecosystem players, HB&M  created an Innovation Path Finder. The Innovation Path Finder is built as a question-based guide that takes individual needs into consideration. 

Moreover, together with the University of Helsinki Innovation Services, HB&M presents Innovation Quick-Guide that aims to answer the three main questions regarding the innovation process: “Why? When? and How?”. 

To those curious about innovation in neuroscience, HB&M has created a YouTube channel with videos of seminars on various topics of innovation in neuroscience.

Lastly, but not least, HB&M focuses on growing new startups with a focus on neuroscience. As the result of common efforts, NeuroBiodesign program was launched in January 2021. Read more about the program here


The Health Innovation Ecosystem mapping was created by Dovile Kurmanaviciute (Innovation Agent at Helsinki Brain & Mind) and it presents an updated view of the health innovation ecosystem in the Helsinki metropolitan area, targeting especially researchers and startups. The report has been carried out as part of Helsinki Brain & Mind activities.

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Innovation processes are sometimes complicated as the process depends on many variables, such as who you are, where your invention took place and how far your innovative idea already is. To clarify some parts of the innovation process, we have prepared a couple of innovation guides that we hope you will find useful.


This quick-guide is based on a guide made by Helsinki Innovation Services. The guide aims to help primarily researchers but also others to understand why it is important to report an invention, how to do it and what is the benefit. The guide also provides several examples of research-based ideas that could have potential for commercialization.


The innovation path finder is a quick question-based guidance for those who feel a bit lost in navigating their way in the health innovation ecosystem. The health innovation ecosystem is complex and it is not always clear who in the ecosystem could support you in your specific situation. This guide is still under development; therefore, we would be glad to get your feedback ( and improve the guide so that it would serve you the best!


The Innovation in Neuroscience Seminars were organised to provide information on various aspects of innovation for researchers and others interested in innovation. All the seminars can be found on our YouTube page.


Anne Patana
Head of Development Helsinki Brain & Mind, University of Helsinki