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Helsinki XR Center – the home of Extended Realities opened its doors in early 2019.

Located in Helsinki Arabia next to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences culture campus, HXRC is an incubator for talent, a cultural hub for co-creation and learning for all XR artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, students and enthusiasts. HXRC aims to become the largest innovation, development and startup center in the Nordics dedicated to VR and AR technologies.

Helsinki XR Center is operated by Metropolia UAS together with Finnish Virtual Reality Association FIVR. The Center is powered by the City of Helsinki and Business Finland.

Women with turquoise shirt on an VR headset

Facilities and actors

Facilities located on the 4th floor Hämeentie 135 A, include 1000 square meters of developer space and high-quality equipment from workstations to XR devices. You will also find great co-creation workspace, meeting rooms and the no. 1 XR showroom presenting the fruits of Finnish XR expertise to the world.

What is XR?

  • XR means Extended Reality, an umbrella term for technologies that create, augment and merge digital elements with physical space. They are also known as immersive technologies.
  • XR consists of VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality).


Tiina Vuorio
Project Lead
tiina.vuorio (at)

Santeri Suominen
XR Curator, Startup ecosystem
santeri.suominen (at)

Santeri Saarinen
Technology expert, R&D projects
santeri.saarinen (at)

Janina Rannikko
Data Curator
janina.rannikko (at)

Hannes Jesar
Startup expert, Turbiini Accelerator
hannes.jesar (at)

Mira Simsiö
Marketing & Services
mira.simsio (at)

Meeri Lehto
Social Media & Comms
meeri.lehto (at)



Helsinki XR Center website

Sami Lehtinen
Producer, Events & Comms
sami.lehtinen (at)