Connect final seminar: ENTER AFRICA!

– Network support for Finnish Renewable Energy SME’s in Nigeria, Kenya and South-Africa

The seminar will present the network results of Connect project and discuss current and new challenges with important people from industry and research.

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In addition to Africa’s diverse nature in terms of culture and resources, Renewable Energy sector’s specific growth sensitivity make it challenging for Finnish SMEs to gain access to these markets.

With the aim to offer solutions to the identified challenges, this seminar presents the findings on how Finnish Renewable Energy SMEs can tap into the existing networks as an entry strategy to different African markets. Research on existing business approaches and models that assist or impede SMEs enter into the Kenyan and Nigerian market are also included to provide a preliminary background of the current situation.

Featuring an interactive exhibition of Connect business co-creation results, the full-day seminar is complemented by a panel discussion of experts and policy makers, who will provide concrete information on existing barriers to RE market, valuable suggestions and comments on the research of the networking models. We recommend guests to continue the day with the screening of ‘’Nairobi Half Life’’ as a part of Helsinki African Film Festival at Andorra Theater, Eerikinkatu 11 (More information at The day offers you an excellent opportunity to connect with other stakeholders interested or involved in African renewable energy markets.

The event is in English. Attendance to the seminar is free of charge.

Seminar details:

  • Venue: Tekniskan Salit, Eerinkatu 2, Helsinki, Finland

  • Date: Thursday 15 May 2014

  • Time: 11.00 to 16.45

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For further information, please visit the project website.

You can register here or contact dieu.luong(a) to register for the seminar. Registration ends by 07 May 2014.