Current affairs: Archive 2012
20.12.2012 The republic of Tatarstan has became a well-known center of information and high technologies in Russia. With the population of 1,2 million Kazan is the 8th largest city in Russia. In many reports Kazan is also ranked on top what comes to the attractiveness of starting up a business in Russia. Local administration has prioritized the information and high technologies as a sector for growth of economy in Kazan and Tatarstan. This means a lot also for foreign investors and companies establishing their business in Tatarstan.
15.12.2012 -This was very useful event – we got important feedback for our own business idea. We have heard numerous sales presentations in the previous trainings and it is a little boring. The Innovation Tournament was different – practical and fun. Much better than pure pitch happenings, Mr Naba Kumar, CEO of Stramos Oy described the Lucia Innovation Tournament. – We want more in the future, he continued.
04.12.2012 End of November Aalto University School of Business Small Business Center, organized benchmarking and training program for the ICT- and development-experts from the various Universities of St. Petersburg. Otaniemi Technology hub – was appropriate destination, which is highly ranked innovation hub in Europe.
02.10.2012 -At the moment, we have about 160 Norwegian companies established their businesses in Latvia. Their amount is increasing. Some of the Norwegian manufacturers moved their factories in China and now they are planning to move to Latvia. Here we have good business frames and the total cost difference between China and Latvia has decreased. One big benefit is the distance – Latvia is almost in the neighborhood with Norway, the Ambassador of Norway, Mr Jan Grevstad said in his key-note speech in Seed Forum investor seminar 2nd October in Riga on Tuesday.
21.09.2012 -The biggest obstacle in creating new Finnish growth companies is the old-fashioned policies and agreements in our labor markets. The innovative and growth focused ventures need a flexible salary system, local working conditions, more efficient working hours and naturally, longer working careers.
21.09.2012 - It was 2004 and we needed an office. A big requirement was the price of it; cheap. W e visited Small Business Center in Helsinki and their New Business Center-business incubator. We were eager to join there. The whole personnel were really helpful. They challenged our ideas in mobile gaming. It was very important. In addition the premises were flexible – and, again, quite cheap.
19.08.2012 The Foundation of the Small Business Center hands out scholarships for research allocated to entrepreneurship and SMEs in 2012.
07.07.2012 Rail Baltica Growth Corridor (RBGC) and RBGC Russia were presented in Copenhagen on 18.-19.6.2012 at the BDF Summit and the Annual Meeting of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR).
10.06.2012 -I have been more than 20 years as an entrepreneur. It has been the best work a life can offer. I was interested in teaching already as a child and now I have been acting as a trainer for the whole period of my entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur Kaarina Suonperä opened the “Syty yrittäjäksi – seniori”-seminar in Aalto Protomo Helsinki on Monday. There were more than 30 people listening to very interesting presentations about entrepreneurship for the experienced professionals.
16.05.2012 Aalto Small Business Center organized an impressive conference between Aalto University and Saint Petersburg State University. In the event at Aalto Design Factory, there were about 80 researchers and professors from St Petersburg. Their main aim was to see and hear experiences about innovations and their organized programming in the university.
08.05.2012 Aalto Protomo introduced its working methods and business cases very bravely on Thursday 3rd May. – We decided to keep the event for our big audience from Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK) in our small premises. Aalto Protomo Helsinki was an excellent environment for meeting more than 150 people – it was a tight atmosphere, everyone had to be close to each other, project facilitators Laura Ahtikoski and Seppo Rantalainen described last week’s happening.
22.04.2012 Seed Forum International has organized high quality investor seminar over 20 times in London. The last one took place on Thursday 19th April and there were eight promising companies presenting their businesses and seeking investments for their growth and development. – Aalto University Small Business Center started the Seed Forum Finland representative last November and we had our first Finnish firm here in London. Tribe Studios’ CEO Elina Arponen presented their business on really professional way and she was one of the best cases in the whole seminar. We were really proud of her, Seppo Rantalainen, representative of Seed Forum Finland described the seminar results.
23.03.2012 - Moscow is as far as Saariselkä from this point, from the city of Helsinki. If you want to make profitable and growing business, choose Moscow in spite of Finnish Lapland. I am working for Skolkovo Foundation in Moscow as a senior advisor and I can guarantee that the Russian society really wants to improve its start-up entrepreneurship climate, Mr Pekka Viljakainen opened his keynote presentation in Seed Forum seminar in Helsinki on Tuesday.
17.03.2012 -Business Model Canvas is a very effective and practical tool in developing new business ideas and start-up firms’ everyday work. You have to think the value propositions and potential customers thoroughly . After these important issues it is easy to list the key resources of your firm or team. With this power, you realize the offering. And then you have to decide the right and best ways to distribute products or services. The next step can be the customer relationships and the model includes the sources of the earnings firm are collecting. The BMC clarifies the targets where money goes. This is the very simple and clear tool, doctor Marko Seppänen from the Tampere University of Technology taught the Protomo-teams.
11.03.2012 Protomo Aalto opened its second project program in Helsinki. Aalto University Small Business Center is responsible for this Protomo shop in Arkadiankatu. There are suitable premises and very ambitious training programs for teams and people with innovative ideas. Protomo Helsinki has three different target groups: teams with their own and innovative idea. The groups can be students and experienced professionals. They have done their ordinary works but are still willing to share their expertise. The third actors can be firms which have their own and in many cases very impressive research and development programs. They can find fresh and open-minded people who can participate in their projects for creating new products or services. In the opening event there were more than 60 people in Arkadiankatu-shop.
18.02.2012 - It was an excellent training – the whole day was very effective and managed by very impressive professionals. We have participated in several venture capital events in Finland – this was on its own level, much better and more professional than previous ones. The feedback for our presentations was concrete, enthusiastic and energetic, the participants in Friday Seed Forum training camp told from one mouth. The Finnish Seed Forum training session was the first one in some years’ period.