Every company aims to carefully select its project portfolio in new product development. However, there are always interesting ideas or intractable problems that are set aside, because they seem to be too far on bypaths, too risky or too futuristic.

“If we just had the resources, this would be more than worth of trying…”

The ideal projects for PdP are future orientated, conceptual or aim to commercialize a new technology.

Sponsoring a PdP project can be highly inspiring and an inexpensive way to bring new ideas, technologies or business plans to life. This very special one-year course is aimed for students, who are on final stage of their studies. After years of studying, the students have a chance to apply their whole academic education in practice.

We are continuously seeking interesting proposals for the next projects.


Even though the projects last from September to May, we are always searching for new and interesting project proposals. During the summer, we usually have face-to-face discussions with the interested parties regarding the project proposal topics.

What is needed from the sponsor is the idea for the project: perhaps a problem that exists with current products or technologies, or just some interesting new idea that cannot be investigated internally at the moment.

Signing up for PdP can be done any time before the end of August. The sponsor candidates can propose a topic and present it to the course staff. At the end of September, the sponsor candidates will meet up with the teams and after a matching process, the project will be kicked off.
If no suitable team is found, the project will not go forward.


The representative(s) of the sponsoring company are required to be part of the activities such as:

Writing the Project Proposal

Sponsor Brief event

PdP Lecture and Meeting the Team

Organize a Site Visit

PD6 Workshop

Checkpoint Meeting 3 - CPM 3

Checkpoint Meeting 4 - CPM 4

Final Gala

For more details about the schedule, you can check the PdP calendar.
If you feel like having an idea worth discussing over, contact us and let’s have a chat!


  • "The most valuable thing PDP had to offer was the opportunity to look into a new, unconventional area to see the feasibility of using robotics in a restaurant and kitchen environment. The students were able to explore and produce results that would not have been possible otherwise. Companies should get involved with PDP or student projects to get fresh new views and bold action to implement them - at a feasible price."

    Robert Silén | Restel
  • "It is clear for us at Ericsson Finland that participating in PDP was a great decision: suddenly many students at Aalto are excited about an awesome company called Ericsson and we got to hear lots of new ideas and suggestions from students, some of which have greatly helped us. Furthermore, even if the WeBrew (developing an app for home beer brewing) project seems crazy and unrelated to Ericsson’s business, it actually implements a potential use case of our IoT offerings: one never knows what the next big hit will be!"

    Guzmán Álvarez | Ericsson
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