Building a business based upon the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

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Background

We have now been building the foundation of Origin by Ocean together with Mari for  about 2 years. LinkedIn actually reminded us the other day that we had a 2year celebration since we connected. 

As we did not know each other with Mari before we met at the Icebreaker VC profounder program in Porvoo, back in 2018. We needed to spend a good amount of time to discuss a broad range of topics to align ourselves and to find out if we can work together. 

So, how did we approach this? Well first and forth most we wanted to make sure that we as potential partners and founders have a value base that we can use as a common platform. We concluded on a set of values that we both stand for and that we can base all of the company’s  activities and doings around. Today, you can find these core values as the values of Origin by Ocean. These values are: Freedom, Fairness, Sustainability and Commitment, (Want to read more about what these mean to us? Click here)
What else did we do to facilitate this? Well, we used the United Nations Sustainability Goals as a framework. How do we as individuals, see these SDG’s, are we aligned on these? Based upon this dialogue we concluded on the following SDG’s as fundamental and core to the coming business and operations of Origin by Ocean.  

What benefits can we see from having taken this approach in our startup business?

We have today a company profile that is honest, real and relevant. What real value do we see in this? Our company profile is today such that we automatically attract people with a common value base. This is a great fit and benefit for us considering our recruitment needs right now and going forward. 
The UNOPS Global Innovation Challenge for ADVANCING RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE WITH TECHNOLOGY IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE opened last year. We found that our company values and aligned SGD’s enabled us to submit a proposal. We have been down selected to the 17th finalists out of hundreds and hundreds of proposals. 

Now, at the time of writing we are participating in the UNOPS Global Innovation Boo[s]tcamp. We are extremely honoured to be part of this crew of 17 companies included in this phase. All finalists are worthy winners and we wish all participants all the best of luck in the coming down-selection to five companies. 

We are eager to continue to work with UNOPS going forward in our project. We are looking forward to the opportunities and connections that we can obtain through this fantastic network of extraordinary people. 

Mikael & Mari

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Origin by Ocean

Itämeren levistä tulevaisuuden raaka-aineita

Olemme kotimainen levänjalostusteknologiaan keskittynyt yritys, jonka erikoistuotteet tuovat uusia mahdollisuuksia luonnonpohjaisille tuotteille lukuisilla teollisuudenaloilla.

Vesistössä sinilevä on myrkyllinen ihmiselle ja tuhoaa monen eläin- ja kasvilajin elinympäristöä. Sinilevä ja rakkohauru sisältävät kuitenkin aineosia, joita elintarvike-, kosmetiikka- ja lääketeollisuus voivat hyödyntää raaka-aineina, kuten sakeuttajina. Osana visiotamme on luoda Suomeen Itämeren levään pohjautuva liiketoiminnan ekosysteemi, joka auttaisi Itämeren rehevöitymisongelman ratkaisemisessa kaupallisesti kannattavin keinoin. 

Origin by Ocean hakee parhaillaan rahoitusta levänjalostusteknologian kehitykseen. Suomen ensimmäisen leväbiojalostamon on tarkoitus toimia täydellä tuotantoteholla vuonna 2025.

Mikael Westerlund
Chief Activist Officer

Origin by Ocean Oy
Tekniikantie 2 (4th floor)
02150 Espoo
Finland

Origin by Ocean

Framtidens råvaror av Östersjöns alger

Vi är ett finländskt företag specialiserat på algförädlingsteknik. Våra specialprodukter skapar nya möjligheter för naturbaserade produkter inom flera industrier.

Blågröna alger i vattendragen är giftiga för människan och förstör livsmiljön för flera djur- och växtarter. Blågröna alger och blåstång innehåller dock ämnen som kan utnyttjas som råvaror, t.ex. som förtjockningsmedel, inom livsmedels-, kosmetik-, och läkemedelsindustri. Som en del av vår vision vill vi skapa ett affärsekosystem som bygger på Östersjöalger i Finland, och som kan hjälpa lösa Östersjöns övergödningsproblem med kommersiellt hållbara metoder.  

Origin by Ocean söker för närvarande finansiering för att utveckla algförädlingsteknik. Avsikten är att Finlands första algbioraffinaderi ska drivas med full produktionskapacitet år 2025.

Mikael Westerlund
Chief Activist Officer

Origin by Ocean Oy
Tekniikantie 2 (fjärde våningen)
02150 Espoo
Finland