Finland

Helsinki – the heart of Nordic business

The helsinki area is one of the best places to establish a company’s regional headquarters for nordic and european markets. 

Helsinki is well known as a haven for innovation. It is a home for companies specialising in everything from mobile games and robotics to the IoT and healthtech. The Helsinki area hosts many corporate or regional headquarters of multinational companies, all forming a rich ecosystem.

Yet there is more to the greater Helsinki area than just technology. In fact, it has quite a few well-kept secrets.

The city is one of the most liveable cities in the world according to various indices. It offers many advantages for companies that wish to invest in R&D. We have an ecosystem that supports innovation.

Helsinki Business Hub helps investors to invest in the Helsinki region and accelerate business growth in the area, as well as assisting potential companies with data, analysis, networking and advice, among other things. In addition, Finpro provides similar services in other parts of Finland.

Employer’s innovative culture in action or how to become Europe’s best workplace

vincitFinnish software company Vincit is not your typical IT specialist. Over the last nine years, it has risen from near bankruptcy to a stock-listed company and was recently chosen as the best workplace in Europe. How did the company engineer such a turnaround?

The core philosophy of Vincit is that everybody should be ready to work hard, but also love what they do and find their work meaningful. Behind this is a line Mikko Kuitunen, founder of Vincit, wrote on a napkin in 2007 saying ‘going to work on Monday should not piss you off’.

How Finnish robots could save the world

ZenRobotics, an environmentally conscious Finnish startup, is bringing in robots to help save us from drowning in waste.
A colossal sign atop a building near Helsinki Central Railway Station marks the headquarters of ZenRobotics, an award-winning startup company that has steadily gathered media momentum since its appearance in 2007. Its product is a highly intelligent robot whose “brain” is inspired by that of a human, making the waste recycling process more efficient than was ever thought possible.
“We all know the world is drowning in waste and resources are running out,” says Jufo Peltomaa, marketing director at ZenRobotics.

Finland reaches for the solar switch

FinSolar is spotlighting solar power. If you thought Finland wasn’t ideal for solar panels, you have to read this. A project aimed at changing attitudes about solar power – as well as its financing and legislation – involves Aalto University, the city of Helsinki and more than 40 Finnish companies and other partners.
A few panels installed on summer cottages to catch the midnight sun – that used to be the extent of Finnish solar power. Otherwise it has not traditionally been taken very seriously in Finland. Too expensive, with too short a season, said the sceptics.

Finnish bioeconomy making amazing future

Finland has an important role in the new bioeconomy, in which recent developments are shaping the world’s future.

Imagine clothes made of wood, plastic made of trees and car fuel that is excreted by microbes. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, yet this technology is available to us today – and much of it has been developed in Finland.

Pop the scientist's bubbles!

Helsinki Challenge is a science-based idea competition launched to celebrate the 375th anniversary year of the University of Helsinki.
Helsinki Challenge is a new science-based competition and idea accelerator which looks for solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Teams are studying climate change, the future of learning, urban development and even the morality of machines.

Michael Laakasuo is thinking about killer robots. This isn’t in regards to a new game or scifi novel; he is thinking about modern robotics and artificial intelligence. Robots are gaining more and more power: they are able to fly us, drive us and even kill us. But few people have considered the implications.

Finland Moves to Interdisciplinary Curriculum Model

Finland is leaving behind traditional subject teaching in schools in favor of topic teaching. School subjects such as math, history and science won’t be taught distinctly anymore, and the line between subjects will be more fluid as students will be exposed to several subjects at once as proposed ‘phenomenon teaching’ sets forth.
Finland, which consistently ranks highly in literacy and numeracy achievement worldwide, challenged only by China and Singapore, is taking a unique approach to learning with an aim to activate a broader understanding of phenomena to adequately prepare students for adult working life.

Top 5 Finnish climate change solutions

Solving problems comes as second nature to Finns. This skill with finding a way to resolve some of the world’s most pressing problems is a real asset during the United Nations’ Climate Change conference which was held from November 30 to December 11 in Paris. Here we have gathered some groundbreaking Finnish ideas and innovations to reduce energy consumption and harness renewable energy sources.

Finnish innovation environment

Finland has proven an excellent location for testing out new products and services. Finland has ranked high in different international comparisons relating to competitiveness and innovation throughout the 2000s.

Finland has developed the innovation policy consistently. One of the strengths of the Finnish innovation environment is the active and successful dialogue involving companies, research institutes and the public sector.

FINLAND INNOVATIONS DAYS

 

Two weeks in January will be dedicated to the news of innovative Finland!
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Finnish Startup Ecosystem Goes International

Just a few years ago the Finnish startup ecosystem was relatively small and inward-looking, but now it is drawing in the brightest high-tech minds and most innovative companies from around the world. What has changed?

  1. Innovative programs such as Startup Sauna and New Factory encourage and groom young, high-tech startups for competition on the global market.
    Startup Sauna was created to solve a problem: Finland has great researchers and technology, but not many globally successful companies. So the main purpose is to increase the number and the quality of startups in the region.
    New Factory is the innovation and business incubation centre of choice. It has helped to create dozens of startups and hundreds of jobs and projects so far.
  2. Slush Helsinki – one of the leading tech and startup events in the world is organized every autumn for thousands of small, high-tech company companies around the globe.

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