Pekka Soini: Join the journey of innovation


The innovation environment in Finland is worth getting acquainted with. Our country has been ranked on top of the world in innovation, higher education and ICT. The investments in R&D are high, and the collaboration between companies and research is a common way of working.

Active dialogue involves business, academia and the public sector – something we do very well. Smooth and efficient collaboration and networks are also excellent starting points for ecosystems and new openings. Finland can offer vital ecosystems in bioeconomy, circular economy, energy technology, smart mobility and eHealth. For example GE Healthcare decided to focus its global wireless patient monitoring development in Finland due to the digital health ecosystem and know-how available here.

Tekes is at its best in the dawn, when there is an idea to initiate and grow totally new innovative businesses. The game industry is a good example. Tekes started to boost game startups ten years ago and today their businesses are flourishing, the worldwide known Supercell as the brightest star.

A recent action is to build up 5G Test Network Finland. Global giants Nokia, Ericsson and Huawei are working together with Finnish SMEs and research groups to generate the best and most appealing 5G test network environment and ecosystem.

It's said that Finland is the coolest startup hub in the world. One indication of that is Slush, the annual key event for investors and startups. Last year it gathered 14,000 participants to share visions and business opportunities of future technologies.

Our magazine, Views, has just been published. I invite you to take a look and see what we've been up to.

You are welcome to discover Finland and the opportunities we can offer you to help you grow your business and network.

Pekka Soini

The author is the Director General of Tekes
twitter: @psoini

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