Science & Technology Startup Forum

11/28/2017

With the joint forces of the City of Helsinki, Beijing Municipality, and Beijing Municipal Commission of Science & Technology and NewCo Helsinki are organizing the Science & Technology Startup Forum – Celebrates Happy Chinese New Year in Helsinki – Beijing Week! Together we are inviting investors, startups, executives, corporations, and media from both cities to join us. This forum consists of keynote speeches, pitching competitions, matchmaking. Media presence guaranteed!

Dates:  7th to 8th February 2018
Location: NewCo Helsinki and Helsinki City Hall

The forum is arranged between 7th and 9th of February 2018 in Helsinki, and it covers three tracks:
1) Artificial Intelligence; 2) Smart & Clean; 3) Healthcare & Wellness.

Registration from http://bit.ly/2zCEPOZ

1) Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing and most promising technological industries with billions of euros currently being invested into AI technologies. Finland has both the potential and the strategic intent to become the world leader in artificial intelligence. Finland already boasts a disproportionate number and quality of AI companies relative to its size, fully equipped with top technology as well as reasonable valuation. Finland’s developed innovation ecosystem and world-leading education system make an ideal platform to spring out artificial intelligence success stories.

In recent years, China has placed a strong strategic focus on AI. The State Council of China has issued a guideline on developing artificial intelligence, setting a goal of becoming a global innovation center in AI by 2030 with the total output value of artificial intelligence industries exceeding RMB 1 trillion. Renowned examples of Chinese AI prowess include the ride-sharing company Didi Chuxing, as well as the “BAT” tech giants of China, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, all of which are investing heavily into AI R&D. China is a world-leader in fields such as speech and visual recognition technology, and has the ability to leapfrog in several other areas of AI, such as machine learning and robotics.

In the AI track of the program, we want to boost the exchanges between Chinese and Finnish players in the field of AI by connecting valuable AI technologies with smart money and industrial partners and helping Finnish AI projects expand to the Chinese market and vice versa. We also want to generate discussion about fascinating topics closely related to AI, such as the relationship between humans and technologies, AI’s impact on societal change, and ethical aspects of AI.

2) Smart & Clean

After 20 years of development, Finland’s energy-saving and environmental protection industry has boasted the world’s leading technology in terms of energy efficiency, clean technology, water resources protection, waste management and environmental monitoring. A number of globally competitive and innovative energy saving and environmental protection enterprises begin to stand out; Finland has repeatedly ranked high on world-class innovation. As China’s science and technology innovation center, Beijing has a strong cooperation demand with overseas enterprises on project, talent, capital and technology in the field of energy saving and environmental protection.

The purpose of this event is to further strengthen the cooperation between Beijing and Helsinki in the field of energy conservation and environmental protection, enhance the understanding of both enterprises and build a communication platform. In the event, you will have the opportunity to hear successful Finnish scientists and entrepreneurs share their experience in the field of energy saving and environmental protection. You will also have the chance to learn about Beijing’s leading investors’ investment philosophy and Beijing enterprises’ cooperation demands in the field of energy saving.

3) Health & Wellness

Finland is well-known for innovation and good healthcare. Finland ranks among the three strongest health tech economies in the world and has for decades been one of the few countries that export significantly more health technology than they import. Helsinki has the goal to be the number 1 region in the Nordics for research, innovation and the development of companies in the field of life science and health tech and is home to many excellent health and wellness companies.

China with population of more than 1,3 billion people and incredibly rapid development has great demand for new solutions and technologies to solve challenges in healthcare and to increase quality of life of its citizens.

Health and Wellness track presents and highlights technologies that increase and maintain good health and wellbeing of people. This event is an excellent opportunity for growth companies, investors, corporations, city officials and others interested in the topic, and Finland-China collaboration to meet potential business partners and increase their understanding about business and collaboration opportunities between Finland and China.

The event aims also to promote Finland and Helsinki as an innovative, attractive location to do business with, or to invest in, as one of the Health innovation hubs in Europe. The City of Helsinki natures the Startup scene actively. The City recently opened Maria 0-1, the largest startup hub building in Scandinavia, built in a former hospital. A new co-creation space has also been opened at the University of Helsinki Medical campus area with the objective to serve researchers, Start-ups and other players in the Life Science, Health and Wellbeing ecosystem.

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Startups: Got a killer product that you would like to bring to the Chinese market? Come and present your products, pitch to your potential investors, find your business partners, win the prize and kick off your business to the world! What’s more? City of Helsinki is supporting the international startup scene with the Startup Exchange Program available for both Beijing and Helsinki startups, travel grants for Helsinki based startups traveling to Beijing and soft-landing package for Chinese startups landing in Helsinki. Stay tuned for further information!

 

Investors: Are you looking for the best innovations from Beijing or Helsinki in the area of AI, Smart & Clean or Healthcare & Wellness? We will invite the relevant companies and organizations based on your interests. Sounds good? Get an Investor ticket!

Corporations: Are you interested in the cutting-edge technology startups from your field? Are you interested in collaboration with big corporations from China? If yes then this is the event for you.

Detail timetable is under planning, but tentative agenda includes:

  • Welcoming and opening words
  • Keynote speeches
  • Pitching competition
  • Matchmaking/speed dating
  • Closing words
  • Networking and celebration

 

BACKGROUND:

On 5th April 2017, President Xi Jinping and President Sauli Niinistö signed a Joint Declaration between the Republic of Finland and the People’s Republic of China on Establishing and Promoting the future-oriented new-type cooperative partnership.

On 29th August 2017, in order to put the Joint Declaration into practice at the local government level, Beijing Municipality and City of Helsinki signed a three-year action plan with five priority areas of cooperation.

On 10th October 2017, to seek new areas of partnership in the spirit of the Action Plan and inspired by the “Moi Helsinki” event in Beijing in May 2016, the Beijing Bureau of Culture sent the City of Helsinki a draft program for 2018 Finnish “Happy Chinese New Year in Helsinki– Beijing Week” series activity.

The program highlighted four events in addition to the main cultural event. The four events related to (i) Science and Technology Exposition, (ii) Economic and Trade Consultation, (iii) Sports Exchange Activities and (iv) Beijing Tourism Picture Exposition.