To launch a business today, you need to know what customers are going to want tomorrow. Mega trends are redefining the world and creating new business and investment opportunities. What are the fastest growing industries? What are the most potential segments to create value and extract profits? How is the financing landscape changing? What are the new alternative sources of capital for SME’s? How to attract and keep the best talent to fully exploit the opportunities?
Vigo Acceleration Program will hold its second Innovation Summit on February 11th, 2016, bringing together a diverse group of entrepreneurs, accelerators, financiers and experts from hot fields to share the latest knowledge, learn from each other, and explore emerging opportunities.
Date: Thursday February 11th 2016
Place: Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo
Address: Töölönkatu 51 a-b, 00250 Helsinki
Admission fee: Free of charge
Hosts: Mr. Petri Niemi, g2Invest and Mrs. Tarja Teppo, Cleantech Invest Oy
13:00 Opening Remarks: Sakari Immonen, Head of Enterprise Policy Division, TEM
13:10 Top global mega trends and their impact on business and the next wave of business models, Iain Jawad, Frost & Sullivan
13:45 Which are the best sectors to be in for the next five years? Share visions and ideas with us!
– Future of shopping, Arhi Kivilahti, Kesko
– Fighting climate change as a business opportunity, Kaisa Hernberg, Afablan
– 10 business opportunities in healthcare industry, Matti Eskola, Finnmedi
– Economic potential and business opportunities in Circular Economy, Heikki Sorasahi, Sitra
– Potential of industrial robots, Jyrki Latokartano, TUT
– Robots for personal and domestic use, Ville Kyrki, Aalto
– IoT: Business opportunities for SME’s, Kari Terho, Elisa Oyj
15:20 The hottest business opportunities and trends in selected countries, Raine Hermans, Team Finland Future Watch
15:40 The changing landscape of financial markets,
Dr. Neil Lee, The London School of Economics and Political Science
16:10 Vigo accelerators portfolio case stories
– Invented by Russians – accelerating Russian startups, Jan-Erik Nyrövaara, Helsinki Ventures
– Case: Cabforce, Kaj Hagros, KoppiCatch
– Case Frontier: Kommeet, Lasse Lehtinen Frontier Accelerator
– Case Gorilla: Enterpay, Jarkko Anttiroiko & Risto Rautakorpi
– Case Vendep: Ezyinsights, Duane Atkins & Jupe Arala
17:00 Accelerating success – Overview of Vigo and next steps
17:15 – 19:00 Networking buffet
Tarja Teppo, Co-Founder, Partner, Cleantech Invest Oyj
Petri Niemi, CEO, G2 Invest Oy
Iain Jawad, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Frost & Sullivan. Iain works with public economic development and innovation agencies across Europe, supporting agencies in their policy and program development with the support of Frost & Sullivan’s global market and technology research and foresighting processes. Understands the need to support start up cultures and SMEs. Iain has over 25 years of general management and business experience with a particular interest in New Market Expansion and New Proposition Development
Neil is an Assistant Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE. He is also Director of the MSc in Local Economic Development and the BSc in Geography with Economics. He joined the Department in 2013, having previously been Head of Socio-Economic Research at The Work Foundation. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the LSE and was a visiting scholar at TCLab, Columbia University.
Kaisa Hernberg is an entrepreneur and angel investor specialising in cleantech. Previously she worked as a director in Finpro’s Cleantech Finland program promoting Finnish cleantech globally. Currently she is a board member in several cleantech companies and organizations and works with energy and environmental policy issues.
Associate Professor at Aalto.
Jyrki Latokartano,TUT Mechanical Engineering and Industrial systems. Research and education in laser processing and industrial robotics.
Jyrki Latokartano has been working with industrial robots for over 20 years. As a project manager at Department of Mechanical engineering and Industrial Systems at Tampere University of Technology he’s working on various research projects in the field of robotics and human-robot collaboration. He’s also lecturing these topics. Mr. Latokartano is the acting president of the Robotic Society in Finland.
Assisting specialist at Sitra, Renewbles and environment. Mr Heikki Sorasahi (M. Sc, Tech.) works in circular economy team at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, where he has spent over the last two years. Previously Sorasahi worked on Sitra’s project which supported the creation of the Finnish Network for Sustainable Mining. Before Sitra and after graduation from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sorasahi has gained experience on sustainability consulting in Finland and in Chile.
Kari Terho, Vice President, Internet of Things,Corporate Customers, Elisa Corporation
Kari Terho is Vice President and Head of Internet of Things (IoT) services for Corporate Customers in Elisa Corporation, the leading communications service provider in Finland.Kari joined Elisa as Vice President and Head of Fixed and mobile Network Services in 2008 for Corporate Customers. Prior to joining to Elisa, Kari held various director positions in the Sales and Business Development in TeliaSonera, the most recent being Director of Business Development for TeliaSonera IES SME Marketing and Offering. Earlier he has worked as Business Development Director at Yomi Sortware Ltd. and held the EMEA E-Services Business Development Manager position at Hewlett-Packard GmBH as well as the E-Commerce Marketing Manager position at Hewlett-Packard, Finland. He also has several years of experience working for different IT companies.
Raine Hermans, Head of Strategic Programmes at Tekes.
Arhi Kivilahti, Director of Development at Kesko
Kaj Hagros is a partner at KoppiCatch, startup accelerator and early stage investor in media, ecommerce and analytics, with 20 years of experience in CEO and COO roles heading sales, marketing, and operations in Europe, Asia and Americas. Founder of eight companies. Four trade sale exits and one public offering. Coaches at Startup Sauna. Previously the President & CEO of Tecnotree (NASDAQ:TEM1V) and Managing Director for FOX Mobile, wholly-owned by NewsCorp (NASDAQ:NWSA), VP Marketing at First Hop (now NASDAQ:MITL), and Head of Strategy & Business Development at Nokia Networks.
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