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Unique and Challenging—The Helsinki Central Library Project

I’ve heard the words unique and challenging many times in reference to the new central library. The project epitomizes the old construction-industry saying that “we’re always building a prototype.” Some see that as a curse, some think it’s what makes the industry...

Aarni Heiskanen in The 100 Biggest Influencers in Construction

GenieBelt we have created a list of the biggest influencers in construction. Aarni Heiskanen is on the list.

AEC Hackathon Munich

The first German AEC Hackathon took place in Munich from March 31 through April 2, 2017 at Technical University Munich. IoT, robotics, 3D printing and other tech topics were on the agenda. Aarni Heiskanen participated and will feature some of the innovators he met...

A Culture of Innovation – Interview with Daniel Sundlin, Partner at Bjarke Ingels Group

In this podcast interview, Aarni's guest is Daniel Sundlin, a partner at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in New York. They talk about how BIG innovates and what opportunities and challenges digitalization brings to architecture. Listen to the...

Suburb Complementary Development Game

There’s now an online game for complementary development of a Finnish suburb. It educates and inspires inhabitants on how to boost the vitality of their neighborhoods. It also provides valuable information to the city, builders, and designers. Read...

Your need

To succeed in the changing business environment, you need ideas on how to develop your business. You want to develop these ideas into communicable concepts that you can evaluate, prioritize, and turn into actionable projects. You also need strategic guidance on what to do and what not to do, to reach your vision.

Our services

Since 1998, we’ve helped hundreds of forward-looking teams in the real estate, construction and technology sectors reach their potential. We offer consulting services for identifying needs and ideas and architecting them into innovative concepts and projects. We help in communicating your message to decision-makers and other stake holders. We guide you through your vision and plan strategy development processes. Our clients have become the most successful in their business field.

Deep Discovery

When you want to create something new, you need to discover trends, markets, technologies, and stakeholder insights. Through the Deep Discovery process, our clients have been able to make wise investment decisions and gained competitive advantage.

Our Deep Discovery process produces any of these outcomes, depending on the process focus:

  1. Opportunity Map: Unmet customer needs
  2. Scenario Wheel: Changes in our business environment
  3. Competition Radar: Existing and potential competition
  4. Scenario Map: Possible business scenarios
  5. Business Case:  Benefits, costs, risks and success factors of a product/service

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Power Workshops


Power Workshops are results-generating events where attendees work on a specific problem or question. We not only facilitate the interactions, but bring insight and structure to the workshop. This way, the workshops are able to create real, actionable results.

Our clients have used Power Workshops for various purposes, e.g.

  • Vision creation
  • Business strategies
  • Technology strategies
  • Roadmapping
  • Risk management

Power Workshops can combine on-site and online attendance.

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Success Boosters

To renew yourself, you need to learn new things and reconsider old practices. Learning is the ultimate success booster.

We publish books, write articles and organize learning opportunities for professionals. Our award-winning blog and podcast is for innovators and game changers in the construction industry.

Your Next Vision

We’ve helped hundreds of people get their business off the ground and steer it in the right direction. The first step is always the same: you need a vision.

There are many professionals who have ideas but are struggling to put them into a clear vision. This is why we wrote Your Next Vision – a simple guide on building a business vision. We provide examples, ideas, tools and steps to get you started.

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The Management Consulting Blueprint

How to use consulting tools and systems to bring more structure to your consulting work, improve your confidence and deliver bigger results for your clients.

  • Have more confidence in your work using the same tools that successful consultants use.
  • Bring structure and a proven process to your consulting projects.
  • Easily demonstrate measurable results to your clients.
  • Make the consulting process more efficient and effective.

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What our clients say

“has given our company competitive advantage for over 10 years”

“combines a fundamental analytical approach with a very hands-on and intuitive approach”

“extraordinary good qualities in business development”

About us

AE Partners started in its present form in 1998. It was founded by Aarni Heiskanen and Eija Merenmies. Since then we have served clients both in Finland and internationally. With our local and global partners we are able to provide flexibly and fast the services that our clients need.

We also build and commercialize new businesses in partnership with industry specialists. We are a co-founder of Thinking Portfolio,  a growing company that provides SaaS for strategic portfolio management.

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