The MELT Innovation Forum, which was cancelled last spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place virtually this year on the 12th of May and, for the first time, will be free of charge for all participants.
The forum can be followed online at www.melt.ee.
This year, the focus is on innovation in cities and the colours
of the economy: the blue, green and silver economies.
Sustainability and circular economy will also be discussed, as
well as the impact of the corona on both businesses and
According to Deputy Mayor Aivar Riisalu, Tallinn has the
ambition to be an internationally acknowledged creative world
city and the heart of a smart and green economy in the Northern
Europe. "There are prerequisites for this, because we have an
abundance of smart people, innovation and determination, i.e.
all the essentials for creating companies with high added
value," said Riisalu. "The goal of MELT is to bring the
innovators together, to inspire each other, to encourage and
find like-minded people to move forward."
Every year, MELT offers something surprising and fresh to its
listeners; this year, the benefits of the blue economy are
examined in more detail. It analyses the effects of the corona
on both businesses and consumer behaviour, but also looks at
innovation products and considers how to make business and the
environment around us smarter.
This year's MELT takes place in cooperation with three
organizations. The Tallinn Business Centre, the Tallinn
Creative Incubator and the Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol will
join forces and bring a versatile program to the virtual stage,
where renowned experts from different fields of life,
visionaries and product and service developers will perform.
The forum will be opened by a blue economy expert Gunter Paul,
who will introduce the advantages, model and operation of the
blue economy. The main presentation will be followed by a
discussion in which the colours of the Estonian economy will be
conferred - is Estonia's future a green, blue or silver
In the thematic block of the pros and cons of the circular
economy, companies discuss the advantages and disadvantages of
the environmentally sustainable business. The discussion will
reveal how easy is it to reuse materials or get to an entirely
The thematic block “New consumer behaviour: what happens after
the corona” will feature companies that have found a new breath
in the corona crisis and re-evaluated their current field of
activity. It observes whether the changes caused by the
pandemic have also had a lasting effect on consumer behaviour.
Discussion "Does it take to be big to change the world?" takes
a closer look at large and small companies that have taken
important environmental steps. Powerful leaps are needed to
change the world, but can small steps have a large impact?
The thematic block "Old businesses in the new uniform" looks at
well-known products and services that have been given a whole
new look and content by product innovation.
For the first time, exciting ideas on how to bring smart
solutions to cities will be introduced - the five winners of
the competition "Tallinnovation" will present their smart city
solutions. The flash presentations will be followed by a
discussion on innovation and smarter urban space.
The day will end with a discussion that will take a closer look
at start-ups and their opportunities for cooperation between
corporations and the public sector, as this may be a good
growth strategy for start-ups.
The MELT Innovation Forum is organized by the Tallinn Business
Centre, the Tallinn Creative Incubator and the Tallinn Science
Park Tehnopol. The forum will take place virtually on May 12
and can be viewed on the website www.melt.ee. Every year, MELT brings
together fresh ideas and technologies for the future, enabling
people to discover, learn and notice the opportunities for
innovation around them.
Tallinn Enterprise Department