24.08.2016 | Swedish digital agency acquires Finnish Great Apes
Swedish communications and technology agency Hiq acquires Finland-based digital design agency Great Apes.
Helsinki-based games company Motorious Entertainment has received half a million euros in funding to publish its Top Gear games.
Finnish fintech startup Zervant has raised four million euros in funding. The funding round was led by Nordic Northzone and Finnish Conor Venture Partners.
12.08.2016 | Finnish health tech company lands EUR 680K EU grant
The European Commission has granted around 680 000 euros to a Finnish health technology company Innokas Medical.
The European Union is investing and supporting gas pipeline infrastructure between Finland and Estonia to unite the European energy markets.
Germany-based mobile gaming company Flaregames acquires Finnish mobile gaming startup Kopla Games. Through the acquisition Flaregames aims to introduce action RPGs to everyone.
Germany-based energy trading house Energy2market (e2m) has discovered a prosperous business opportunity that taps into the growing availability of renewable energy. The company is now setting up shop in Finland with the help of Helsinki Business Hub and Finpro‚Äôs Invest in Finland unit, and plans to expand into the entire Nordic market from Helsinki.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) will invest in five Finnish companies. Loans totaling 60,5 million euros for innovation in different fields were signed in Pori, Finland, in the margins of the Suomi Areena event.
Finnish-Ukrainian startup Promo Republic has closed a 500 000-euro round and has launched in the USA.
13.07.2016 | Replacing plastic bags with wooden ones
Finnish Paptic, founded in 2015, as a spinoff of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, believes in bags made of wood fiber. Behind Paptic‚Äôs business idea are the worrisome news about substantial amount of plastic waste circulating through the oceans. Their material strives to help solve the problem, by combining the best features of plastic and paper.
If you are looking for a business location in the European Union, why not consider the most competitive country in Europe? Especially post Brexit, Finland is being recognized as an attractive alternative.
07.07.2016 | Finnish AW-Energy lands EUR 10 million EU investment
The European Investment Bank (EIB), will invest up to 10 million euros in AW-Energy, a Finnish startup, known for Waveroller wave energy technology.
05.07.2016 | Ticbits acquired by mobile publisher Animoca
Hong Kong-based Animoca Brands has agreed to acquire Finnish mobile game developer Ticbits for 2.35 million euros upfront.
01.07.2016 | Ukkoverkot closes EUR 9.8 million funding round
Finnish mobile data operator Ukkoverkot is accelerating the development of its 4G LTE data networks, after securing a 9.8 million-euro funding package. The funds will also boost its sales and marketing efforts, as well as other growth-related investments.
The networking event Finnish Game Day, which will be arranged on June 27 in St. Petersburg, is targeted for game development professionals in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine who want to do business in Finland and beyond.
Fujitsu Limited is advancing the use of cloud-based technologies in greenhouse environments in the Finnish market. Fujitsu will collaborate with Robbe‚Äôs Little Garden Ltd. which grows herbs and vegetables in Finland.
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland will build up a research and development environment for industrial 5G network. One of the first 5G testbeds in the world, the environment provides companies an opportunity to develop and test new Industrial Internet solutions.
Four new energy efficiency agreements will begin next year in Finland for the period 2017‚Äď2025.
11.05.2016 | Finpro and Angels Unleashed help launch ‚ÄúFinland First‚ÄĚ business accelerator program
Finland First is a business accelerator program aimed at helping Finnish startups in the IOT, Fintech and Smart Cities sectors to get a foothold in the UK and India. The program is operated by UK-based Angels Unleashed and Finpro has contributed to defining the program operating model.
In 2015, foreign direct investments (FDI) in Finland again grew slightly compared to the previous year. According to statistics compiled by Finpro‚Äôs Invest in Finland unit, 265 new foreign-owned companies set up business Finland in 2015, compared to 229 in 2014. In addition, the foreign-owned companies already operating in Finland made more than 230 expansion or follow-on investment decisions to their businesses in Finland.
The Austrian Binderholtz Group invests in two sawmills in Lieksa and Nurmes
Finland has been identified as the biggest contributor to global innovation in the world. A new study by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation ranked 56 countries based on 27 different factors reflecting the way their economic and trade policies contribute to and detract from innovation globally.
Finnish energy company St1 has made an investment decision to construct a geothermal heat pilot plant in Otaniemi, Finland. St1 Deep Heat Oy has made an investment decision to construct a geothermal heat pilot plant in Otaniemi, Espoo. The plan is to start drilling the wells reaching down to a depth of seven kilometres in late March or early April.
The core of Mets√§ Group's bioproduct mill, under construction in √Ą√§nekoski, lies in the world's most efficient pulp mill, with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tonnes. Expanding this core with the production of numerous new bioproducts is a leading principle behind Mets√§ Group‚Äôs bioproduct concept. The development of the bioproduct concept has now advanced to the stage of the first implementation decisions.
09.02.2016 | Finland attracts global VC to setup in the Nordics
In recent years the Nordic region has gained a veritable reputation as a hotbed for innovative startups. This reputation has now attracted also the first international venture capital (VC) company to set up office in Finland.
04.02.2016 | Finland is the greenest country in the world
According to the environmental performance index 2016, Finland is the greenest country in the world. Finland is followed by Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Slovenia.
21.01.2016 | New Finnish districts develop a green perspective
While much of the buzz surrounding smart innovations focuses on emerging startups, Finnish cities are also rolling up their sleeves, creating a number of new districts that draw on ecologically sound approaches.
Increasing use of wood as a construction material is creating new business opportunities in Finland, says Sari Toivonen, Senior Advisor at Invest in Finland.
Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Tekes is funding so far the biggest joint project on optical measurement in Finland. The research parties are Valmet Automation, VTT and Tampere University of Technology with several small and medium size companies. The Ter√§v√§ project parties are motivated by the potential new business areas especially around quality controlling for web-like products as well as within medical, food, packaging and electronics industries.
14.01.2016 | Floor of the future: Finnish innovation cuts the cost of multi-storey wood construction
In the spring of 2104, A-Insin√∂√∂rit and Mets√§ Wood began developing a new intermediate floor solution that would require no floating floor. Before that, no-one in Finland had built a wooden intermediate floor without also including a floating floor. The development project was a success, with the new intermediate floor design meeting key requirements for soundproofing and structural integrity. The new floor also enabled builders to utilize the same flooring materials as used in precast housing construction.
Construction of Wood City in J√§tk√§saari, Helsinki, is expected to begin in the spring of 2016. The site will include Finland‚Äôs tallest wood construction, a landmark 8-storey wood office building.
18.12.2015 | Finnish government is promoting timber construction
The promotion of timber construction is anchored in the government‚Äôs bioeconomy strategy, which aims at making Finland the world leader in the bio and circular economy and clean solutions, says Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment.
17.12.2015 | Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn: Government dismantles obstacles to wood construction
"Even though due to Finland's economic situation the government has had to reduce public R&D funding in some areas, by focusing funding more clearly on bioeconomics we can diversify the use of wood through new investments, particularly in the R&D sector."
Press release 12.11.2015: Telef√≥nica Open Future and Team Finland have signed a cooperation agreement that enables Finnish startups to access global markets. The agreement provides funding and coaching opportunities, and opens a route especially to the Latin American market. During the initial phase, the project is looking for companies with core know-how in learning technology, game technology and the internet of things.
The 2015 EF English Proficiency Index has ranked Finland fifth out of 70 countries worldwide.
The 5G Test Network Finland, coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, interconnects with 5thGear programme‚Äôs test networks which are funded by Tekes, Finnish funding agency for innovation. This test environment will provide industry, SMEs and startups their first taste of 5G mobile technology functionalities well before 5G becomes commercially available.
Oulu University Hospital (OYS) has opened a new test laboratory in Oulu, Northern Finland. The Testlab is one-of-a-kind on a global scale: the innovations and products can be tested through the entire service chain from a private home all the way to health centres and hospitals.
ABB Finland is investing in a new test laboratory for maritime industry solutions and systems in Helsinki. The laboratory will serve the company‚Äôs maritime industry business research and product development, and will be located next to ABB‚Äôs Azipod¬ģ propeller system factory in Vuosaari. The reasons behind the significant investment are the strong growth of ABB Finland‚Äôs business in the maritime industry and the need to test major steering and monitoring systems in the company‚Äôs own premises.
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