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5G and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at the University of Lapland

Author: Laura Ulatowski

The Arctic Centre, University of Lapland hosted as part of the EIT HEI SKills2Scale project, a peer learning event in Rovaniemi, Finland. The objective of the event was to share experiences and best practices in the fields of education, research, and innovation to foster inspiration among Higher Education Institution (HEI) administrators to explore new possibilities, opportunities, and paths to take to initiate innovation in their institutions.

To portray our project partners an accurate impression of the deep tech and entrepreneurship landscape in Lapland, we invited speakers from our local ecosystem to present their work and share knowledge.

The approach we took for this peer learning event was to begin by presenting about the availability, opportunities and challenges of implementing 5G technology at the University of Lapland. To do so, we invited a speaker from University of Oulu who has high capabilities in the field of 5G and Lapland University of Applied Sciences who is currently deploying its 5G network to share their view about implementing 5G at the University of Lapland.

After looking at the network capabilities we continued with a session about the research on 5G and entrepreneurship at the University of Lapland. The main point raised was that there is an increasing need to look at 5G technology from a legal and social sciences perspective since these disciplines can help address societal challenges concerning 5G. Since entrepreneurship is a crucial part of our project work, we invited an expert from the University of Lapland to present the start-up and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Following two lively sessions about the 5G and Beyond ecosystem at the University of Lapland, the day continued with a session about technology and its utilization in Lapland, a representative from the Chamber of Commerce in Lapland gave our project partners a deeper insight into the region itself as well its opportunities and challenges. Since Lapland is a peripheral region in the Arctic, there are a few particularities to consider when implementing new technologies.

To facilitate the knowledge intake, we organized three site visits to meet local stakeholders and hear their stories and deepen the project partners’ understanding of the local ecosystem. 

Our successful peer learning event is part of a series of regional peer learning events across europe. You can find the recap of our first peer learning event in Valencia, Spain in the digital library and will soon find news about our upcoming peer learning events in Liberec and Thessaloniki.

Skill2Scale Webinar on Beyond 5G Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Author: Michael Mandamadiotis

On Tuesday, 31st of October 2023, the second webinar of the Skills2Scale project on Beyond 5G Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship took place. This webinar was a part of a series of webinars that intend to enhance the capacity of academic staff, faculty members and administrative personnel of HEIs in fostering  institutional engagement and change in the field of Beyond 5G technology.
During this webinar, we explored how it is possible for a newcomer entrepreneur to exploit 5G and Beyond services to ignite innovation and create a successful business. Carlos Palau Salvador, an experienced professor of Universitat Politecnica di Valencia, the lead partner of the Skills2Scale consortium, was the first guest speaker. We had a very interesting discussion on the business potential of B5G technology, what services can be provided, real use cases, as well as potential barriers that block the adoption of 5G.

Following, Nick Vrionis, R&D Engineer of Infolysis, a successful Greek startup with more than 15 members personnel which exploits 5G to create chatbot apps, presented how their startup utilizes 5G to create value for their customers. With presence in the fields of retailing, marketing, tourism, education and maritime, Infolysis shows the way for commercializing 5G. However, the opportunities are not limited, since as Nick highlights, their research focuses on the development of new services and contribution to 5G/B5G use cases that are related to disaster recovery, smart cities, data interoperability, UAVs, training, Industry 4.0 and others. When it comes to B5G and data transfer, the use cases and the potential value are vast.

   Last speaker of the session was Maria Gabriella Anagnostopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of Envolve Entrepreneurship, partner of the Skills2Scale consortium and a business support organization that has been at the forefront of global entrepreneurial support since its establishment in 2012. Her input was valuable and focused on 5G and 6G Associations and Initiatives, such as the 5GPPP, NextG Alliance and others. Confirming Nick Vrionis, Maria answered to the question of a participant “As a startup supporter, what applications of 5G do you see in your field?” that B5G technology and the connectivity it provides can create services in various fields, while more and more use cases come up.