Impact Meetups on Sustainable Development Goals – vol 1

Aalto Start-Up Center, together with A Grid Impact Space, successfully organised the first meetup as a part of monthly Impact Meetups on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Businesses.

First-ever meetup on May 14th had a panel of three guests, Ville Luukkanen, Advisor at Aalto Start-Up Center; Meri Löyttyniemi, Senior Sustainability Advisor, at Aalto University Research & Innovation Services; and Gilberto Neto; President of AIESEC in Finland. The panel was moderated by Avinash Dhital, Coordinator at A Grid Impact.

Impact Meetup panel

The topics of discussion were mainly focused on opportunities, challenges faced and actions being taken while incorporating United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in businesses and research. A workshop was also conducted among 15 participants to evaluate their business or business ideas through various aspects of incorporating SDGs, especially focusing on which particular SDGs the businesses or the business ideas could impact and provide opportunities with. 

Impact Meetups’ is a series of monthly meet-ups organised by Aalto Start-Up Center and A Grid Impact and will cover all the 17 Goals goals in upcoming episodes. The meetups are intended both for start-ups, businesses and aspiring individuals with entrepreneurial mindset. Next meetup in June is about SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG13: Climate Action. 

Please follow the A Grid Impact Facebook page for updates! The organizers are looking for collaborators and co-organizers to facilitate the meetups. If somebody wants to collaborate and represent their businesses or business ideas, or information about the future events, please feel free to contact Avinash Dhital (

In case you are interested in sustainability within Aalto University, please join the Aalto Sustainability Day on May 18th. A Grid Impact will also launch Cliamate Launchpad in a separate event on the same day!

Photo by Santi Shresthra, Aalto Start-Up Center intern

Story by Avinash Dhital