The Best Work Day of the Year – Technopolis Summit 2014

By Riikka Torpo on 17 Apr, 2014 10:06 |

 

We warmly welcome you to our second annual Technopolis Summit, the biggest and best international business and matchmaking event for Technopolis community in Finland, Estonia, Russia, Lithuania and Norway.

25.9.2014, 12.00 - 19.00 at Technopolis Otaniemi Innopoli 2, Tekniikantie 14, Espoo, Finland

We proudly present our keynote speakers:

Henrik Dettmann, the coach of the Finnish national basketball team. He will share his views especially on leadership and team building. His story will also cover experiences from Finland’s first ever appearance in Basketball World Cup in Spain August 2014.

Linda Liukas, Digital Champion of Finland will tell her fascinating story about creating an international hit book about programming for kids and making 15% of the total Finnish book exports in four weeks.

Moderated by Keith Silverang, CEO Technopolis

What to expect?
New Contacts, Business Partners, Customers
Fascinating Keynote Speakers
Pre-booked One2one Meetings
Business Lunch and Networking Breaks
Plenty of Buzz & Fun
Evening Program with Dinner, Drinks and Surprises

Book your seat now and get ready to experience the best work day of the year. The sooner you sign up the sooner you will be able to browse other participants and book meetings with them. During the event and pre-booked one2one meetings you will be able to efficiently meet and screen potential partners and customers for your company’s growth.

Register now and enjoy the Early Bird offer 195 € per person (+VAT). Offer valid until 30.6.2014. The Ticket includes the Program, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner and Drinks.

Witness new success stories being born. Be a part of them and share them.

>> MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

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Prize drawing of “Share Your Story” campaign took place on 20.12.2013.

By Ludmila Niemi on 20 Dec, 2013 14:37 |

Prize drawing of “Share Your Story” campaign took place today, December 20th 2013, at 10.00 in Technopolis Espoo, Innopoli 1, Tekniikantie 12.  Total of 19  success stories were sent by companies participated in Technopolis events during this year. Nespresso Business Solutions / Premium Coffee Oy Managing Director in Finland, Ville Melkko, has drawn the prize in the presence of Technopolis Events Team.  The winner was the company named Oppifi Oy from Espoo, Finland.  We warmly congratulate Oppifi Oy and wish the company all the best for the coming year. 

See video here: https://www.dreambroker.com/channel/99qt53jb/7ivbzagz

Story shared by Ilkka Tiainen of Oppifi Oy:

A story of stories..

 I think it was a Technopolis Event. A few years back. It took place in Innopoli 1 near the staircase. I gave a short presentation on the idea of the Epooq service and there was very little time for it.  Tuomas was clocking the speech and I was already behind schedule. So, my story did not get to finish when the bell already rang.

I suppose I learned something about the importance of timing. Content-wise, I learned much more. To tell you the truth, I still do not like it that you have to present your business idea based on some tight framework. This kills the personality. You have to be able to bring out the identity of a young company in your own way.

 There was another presentation on a business idea, probably sometime around 2010. It was Mindtrek.  Again, I followed the instructions the organizers had given to us. I focused on the wrong issue. I concentrated too strictly to the given framework. I suppose I sounded too serious. I should have been more like the Epooq service  – memories and stories, wisdom based on experiences. The audience noticed that as well. Including Peter Vesterbacka, who noted: “Your service is better than your presentation…” He was right. We did not win that pitching competition.

 Well, the presenter who enthusiastically talked about his idea did not win either. He did not follow the given framework. He did not answer to the questions set. He was being himself, in good and bad. The idea was Star Wreck. The speaker was Timo Vuorensola.

 The power is in the way to tell your story. To be yourself.

 Ilkka Tiainen, Founder & CEO, Oppifi Oy

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Astonishing Expansion of Technopolis: 325 Million € Worth of Investments in 2013

By Artur Surov on 12 Dec, 2013 14:14 |

Written by Outi Raekivi, Technopolis Director, Legal Affairs, also responsible for HR, Environmental & Sustainability

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This year, Technopolis has implemented its growth strategy with four major property and business acquisitions with an astonishing total value of EUR 325,6 million. Two of the acquisitions were made in Finland (in Oulu and Otaniemi in Espoo), one in Lithuania (in Vilnius) and one in Norway (in Oslo). Completing these acquisitions was very challenging in many respects for the organization. They also bring new co-workers to our organization from countries that are completely new to us.

Integrating these campuses into our Technopolis concept will require a systematic and determined integration process. Our aim is that also our new campuses will meet the external hallmarks and functionalities that are part of our concept, and that our key internal processes and operating methods will also be adopted by our new employees. So, there is a lot to do from the point of view of HR as well. We have had the chance to learn about the rules of labor law in new countries, ranging from the terms and conditions of collective labor agreements to practices related to pensions and insurance, as well as getting to know different cultures.

With the company growing, duties become more diverse, sometimes also more complicated. Even larger perspectives must be taken into account in internal and external reporting, while the planning of the company’s business includes the impact of the local features of different countries in the everyday operations of space and service sales. In addition to the new business units, the company’s growth results in some other recruitment needs, and at the end of the year, there are already 187 Technopolis employees in five countries. Our organization has also grown to a size that has allowed us to offer our employees new career opportunities within Technopolis. The most recent example of this is the post of Integration Manager, recruited internally, whose task is to manage the integration of the Fornebu campus in Oslo to become part of Technopolis. The open internal search for Integration Manager raised a lot of interest, and several applications were submitted for this six-month posting in Oslo. Karita Huotari, head of our Matchmaking services, was picked for the task from among the three high-quality final candidates.

Technopolis Fornebu

I firmly believe that this arrangement will provide considerable added value to Technopolis as well as our Norwegian colleagues. At Technopolis, we continuously measure our success, not only in our customer relationships but also in the cooperation of our different functions, and naturally without forgetting our financial objectives. We have emphasized the Five Star Service Experience exceeding all expectations in everything we do. There are lots of challenges, but we will assess our success in Oslo from this point of view when the summer is near.

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Walkbase Raises €3M to Help Retailers Enhance the Shopper Experience, Online and Offline

By Lauri Viljanen on 25 Nov, 2013 11:05 |

Walkbase

Walkbase, the Helsinki-based marketing optimisation platform for brick & mortar retailers, announced that it has reached an agreement to raise €3 million in Series A funding from SBT Venture Capital and Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, former CEO of Nokia. Walkbase will invest the funds in strengthening its sales, marketing and customer-insight teams, as well as  accelerating its growth strategy to become the leading marketing optimisation platform for omni-channel retail in EMEA and Russia.

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Share your story before Christmas and win a trendy Nespresso coffee maker for your office!

By Lauri Viljanen on 14 Nov, 2013 10:13 |

Coffee maker

Did your company find a customer, a partner, a financier or a new talent at Technopolis Events? 

Share your story before Christmas and win a trendy Nespresso coffee maker for your office!

All emails with success stories shall be sent to events@technopolis.fi until December 16th 2013.  The prize drawing will take place at Technopolis Events Team office location, Innopoli 1, Espoo, on December 20th.  The prize drawing will be handled by Technopolis Events Team.  Only  companies‘ representatives who shared their success stories are eligible for the drawing.  The winner will be informed personally.  The prize will be sent to the winner after Christmas 2013 and can’t be changed for money.

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Former Rovio Execs Raise $2.35M For Seriously, A New Mobile Gaming Venture

By Lauri Viljanen on 7 Nov, 2013 12:06

Just a few short months ago, Andrew Stalbow, formerly in charge of partnerships, licensing, animation and distribution at Rovio, and Petri Jarvilehto, Rovio’s former EVP of Games, announced a new mobile gaming venture called Seriously.  According to the Tech Crunch article about the company’s launch, “the major difference between Seriously and Rovio is that Seriously is taking a hard line on free to play mobile games, and banking everything on the entertainment experience that follows, whether it be merchandise, movies, TV series’, etc.”

Yesterday the company just received a serious boost as it announced it had received $2.35M in seed funding from Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP) andSunstone Capital, a Danish company.  The company plans to announce new hires in the next months and begin launching games next year.

For the full article about the investment, click here.

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Many of the event participants stopped at Dream Broker interview stand to tell about their business.

By Lauri Viljanen on 10 Oct, 2013 18:43 |

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The feelings of Kimmo Laiho aka Elastinen after a great motivational speech

By Lauri Viljanen on 10 Oct, 2013 16:18 |

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Jyrki Hietaniemi from Uros Ltd gives a quick demo of their excellent service.

By Lauri Viljanen on 10 Oct, 2013 15:55 |

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Ludmila Niemi, Technopolis Plc, welcomes people to Summit.

By Lauri Viljanen on 10 Oct, 2013 15:51

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