Head of International Innovation Partnerships at Business Finland

Busy week in deepening trade relations for FBC 

Last week of February was  busy week for FBC with multiple visitors and events in town to promote business also for the Finns. FBC Board was invited to attend a SME seminar organized by the Ministry of Finance.  Board members Kimmo and Riikka Kytösaari, Seppo Keränen (Business Finland) and Jaana Räsänen-Pentti attended the meeting. Many local and federal initiatives to strengthen operations for small and medium sized enterprizes were elaborated in the presentations. Mr. Mika Lautanaho of Business Finland gave a presentation on the Finnish innovation and r&d policy, targets and funding instruments.  He described the importance of SME funding through Business Finland through client estimates, that 2018 projects will generate 8.8 billion euros in turnover and 6.9 billion euros in exports. The target for Team Finland is to double R&D investments and exports of SME's by 2025. Other countries invited to present were Ireland and Sweden. 

Business Council corporate members were also invited to Business Finland to discuss with Mr Mika Lautanaho and Mr Seppo Keränen to discuss how to optimise and align Business Finland, Finland’s Dubai EXPO 2020 mission and FBC agendas in the wake of Dubai EXPO 2020. Many strategic and operative initiatives were discussed, such as the establishment of the Finnish HUB to support and summon activities under one umbrella and a physical space. FBC ws pleased to note the 'go get' -spirit we seem to share collectively.

Jaana Räsänen-Pentti

Honorary Chairman