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Reshaping Business Models for the Future with Teemu Lehtinen

In this episode of the AEC Business Podcast, Aarni Heiskanen welcomed Teemu Lehtinen, the CEO of KIRAHub, to discuss the latest innovation and technology within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. It was Teemu’s first time on the podcast since 2016, and we delved into the exciting developments at KIRAHub and the upcoming World of Digital Built Environment (WDBE) Summit.



Aarni Heiskanen is always at the heart of the action. Known as a Finnish construction innovation expert and ranked among the top 100 influencers in our field, Aarni brings insights that matter.

Recently, our CEO, Teemu Lehtinen, had a chat with Aarni, reflecting on our five-year journey and the upcoming WDBE Summit. Published it by the AEC-Business, catch the discussion on Aarni’s popular AEC Business podcast!

KIRAHub accelerates sustainable digital transformation

KIRAHub, celebrating its fifth anniversary, operates as a non-profit association with a mission to accelerate sustainable digital transformation in the built environment sector.

Teemu highlighted the organization’s role as a neutral facilitator, working with a diverse range of stakeholders, including cities, municipalities, government, corporations, startups, and the research sector. He also addressed the funding model of KIRAHub, which includes seed funding from founders, project-based funding, and a new collaboration membership for companies.

WDBE for innovators and game changers

The WDBE Summit, now in its seventh year, was born from the desire to share knowledge and invite international collaboration to Finland. The event has evolved over the years, adapting to challenges such as COVID-19, and has become a beacon for industry leaders.

This year’s theme, “Reshaping Business Models for the Future,” is particularly provocative and timely, as it addresses the need for systemic change in business models alongside digital transformation.

Teemu shared insights into the unique dual-location format of the WDBE Summit, which will take place in Helsinki and Tallinn, offering attendees an intimate and engaging experience. The summit will feature keynotes from industry thought leaders, community sessions, and opportunities for networking and partnership building.


As we wrapped up the conversation, we encouraged our audience to take advantage of early bird pricing for the WDBE Summit, which will take place on October 3rd and 4th. It promises to be an event filled with innovation, collaboration, and transformative ideas for the AEC industry.

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