COPENHAGEN, Denmark – To aid new innovation, Nokia will donate R&D equipment to the new science and business campus at Aalborg University (AAU).
The new campus will be run by AAU. Researchers and students from AAU will move to the campus gradually, with during 2012. The premises already host several start-ups initiated by Nokia employees and by the entrepreneur’s network Startupbootcamp.
The present Danish Nokia R&D centre in Copenhagen will be transformed into an integrated science and business venture environment, Copenhagen Innovation Center, where start-ups, companies, researchers and students will come together.
The new hub is planned to strengthen the Danish innovation environment and contribute to creating growth, jobs and to attract foreign investors. As Nokia Denmark scales down its development activities, AAU and several growth companies will take over the buildings. The aim is to have students, researchers and companies to work side by side in an inspiring, integrated setting.
“When we announced changes to our global strategy in April, including a difficult but a necessary decision to a close down our R&D site in Denmark, we also announced our intention to support Nokia employees and local community in creating possibilities for new jobs,” said Robert Andersson, Head of Nokia’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, Bridge.
“We’re immensely thrilled that we’re able to create a brand new way in Denmark for universities and companies to work together. We look forward to turn this vision into a ground breaking powerhouse of innovation,” says Finn Kjærsdam, head of AAU.
Nokia will continue to have R&D activities at the campus until the ramp down at the end of 2012. At the same time, the campus will be a center for Nokia’s local support program for impacted employees.