Mirka Innovation Challenge – Circular Economy Week 2019


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The Mirka Innovation Challenge is an open innovation event dedicated to creating new solutions and curve-jumping, paradigm shifting ideas for sustainable future and growth.


Place: Design Centre MUOVA (Wolffintie 36F11 / 4th floor, VAASA).

Preliminary schedule:

Thursday 15.00-19.00 (challenge intros, building your team, start your project)
Friday 10.00-19.00 (developing and creating)
Saturday 10.00-13.00 (finalizing  your entry, presentations, winners selected)


Limited seats! Register now to reserve your place in the event.

The event is open for Vaasa area students interested in circular economy themes and sustainablity.

The challenges are provided by Mirka Ltd. and offer participants multiple opportunities to explore the circular economy theme on different levels and angles.

We are looking to build cross-disciplinary and multi-talented teams for diverse and innovative outcomes. The event is open for students of VAMK and the University of Vaasa, Novia and Hanken. You can join from any background, for example:

  • Engineering (energy, mechanical design, robotics&automation, environment, IT)
  • Business, Industrial Management, Communication, Marketing

Our Partner

This Innovation Challenge is made possible by our sponsor Mirka Ltd.
Sustainability is a key driver in future success and we are thrilled to be working with an industry leader.


What do you get from this?

We are set out to have an awesome ~20 hours of excitement, discovery and fun!


Mirka is offering winning team members summer job opportunity at Mirka (Period June until early August) + each member of the winning team will also receive a voucher to local sportshop worth €150.

Winners accepting summer job offer need to comply with Mirka Safety and general summer job policy.

In addition to prizes there’s a lot to gain:

  • Street Credibility and Bragging Rights
  • The Limited Edition West Coast Startup Badge for your overalls
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Meeting new friends and building your network
  • Learning new things
  • Tangible experience in solving real world business challenges with agile development methodologies.

Briefing material

Mirka Ltd is a global company and part of the family owned KWH Group Ltd.

Mirka’s business idea is to offer world leading comprehensive surface finishing solutions.

Our business focuses on our customers’ needs. Continuous improvements of our operations, our expertise and our work with our customers help us to offer tailored systems and commercial comprehensive solutions that are supported by a wide range of technically superior abrasives and polishing products as well as innovatively designed tools.

Mirka Innovation Challenge

How to provide sustainable abrasive solutions in a global setting? What innovative future abrasive solutions can Industry 4.0 and robotics offer?



Approximately 97% of Mirka’s production is exported, with products being sold in over 100 countries.

Mirka’s business areas are focused on the automotive, wood and boat industry, and the company’s typical customers include manufacturers of wood products, car body shops and repair shops and automotive manufacturers and subcontractors. Mirka’s products and services also serve the construction and renovation industry and the composite industry. Mirka’s latest innovations also include glass sanding and micro finishing solutions.

We describe the development of our corporate sustainability – in our Clean Commitments

For more than 70 years, our brand has paved the way for technical breakthroughs in surface finishing, and we continue shaping the industry with our expertise. We follow our company values by being responsible, committed, innovative and respectful. 

We offer our customers sustainable solutions that consider the financial, health, technical and environmental aspects.



For more information, contact: jari.ratilainen [a] muova.fi

Please read  the MUOVA Hackathon policy for our open innovation events.

The Innovation Challenge -event is hosted by Design Centre MUOVA in association with the VAMK Circular Economy week and the Vaasa Industry Innovation Academy (VIIA).

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