The theme of EcoTalk this time was startups. After the wonderful musical performance of two Sylvi Kekkonen found awardees, pianist Justas Stasevskij and the violist Juho Valtonen, we had an interesting roundtable discussion about the success of the startups with the title „What defines the success of a start up? Best practise from Finland“. The three participants of the discussion, Mrs. Eveline Steinberger-Kern, founder and CEO of Blue Minds Company, Mr. Joel Hypén, CEO of the successful Finnish startup AdLaunch and Mr. Radoslav Mizera, Vice President of „Solved – The Cleantech Company“, a Finnish startup with an office in Bratislava, gave an insight to their experiences and challenges as entrepreneurs. The official program was rounded up with another performance of the two musicians. The evening continued with networking and tasting the delicious canapes and wines.
Last Tuesday we gathered in in Bistro KÖNIG for an additional general assembly as well as for a traditional network evening. First the new name of our association „Handelskammer Finnland Österreich“ or in English „Finncham Austria“ was approved unanimously by the participants. Subsequently, our member Niko Adresson gave us an insight to his work at the credit department for multinational corporations at UniCredit and draw us into the exciting world of financing. In a relaxed atmosphere the members continued exchanging ideas after the presentation.
The Finnish health care company Planmeca Group and a 5-star hotel Bristol invited us on Feb 28th to an evening full of innovation and tradition! In the first part we enjoyed an interesting presentation over Planmeca and their fields of activity. We then continued with an exciting tour around the famous hotel Bristol visiting their guest rooms and learning about the history of the building. The discussions and networking continued by the delicious buffet and drinks.
The General Assembly of the Finnish-Austrian Economic Forum 2018 took place in the premises of Residenz Josefstadt on 25.1.2018. Numerous members took the opportunity to get more information about the activities of the association. A look back at 2017 showed successful growth with a record number of 16 new memberships and over 20 events! The board was joined by a new member, Dipl.-Ing. Milla Mouhu. She assumes responsibility for event planning and coordination. The evening was continued with a tour of the residence and discussions over a buffet.
A high-level economy round table discussion in cooperation with the Finnish embassy and the Sylvi Kekkonen foundation
The second EcoTalk event on Wednesday October 18th was launched by the Finnish ambassador Hannu Kyröläinen. This time the participants were three top class managers from Finnish companies: The Kone Chairman of the board Gernot Schöbitz, Valmet CEE director Markus Bolhàr-Nordenkampf and the Stora Enso CEO Henrik Stjernvall.
The honorary consul Ferdinand Auersperg was responsible for the moderation and Johannes Piirto for the music performance (CV attached).
The Finnish company Tieto – means knowledge in Finnish – and their Austrian branch Tieto Austria GmbH invited us to spend an exciting and informative evening with a company presentation. In the modern offices of 33rd floor in Millennium Tower the members of Finnforum received a wide overview of the products and services of Tieto. The numerous participants had afterwards the possibility to test the augmented reality glasses and accompanied by a delicious buffet the discussions continued in smaller groups.
We started the new season with a networking evening focusing on real estate. The finnforum member Milla Mouhu gave insight to her work as a realtor for the franchise company RE/MAX and explained some of the peculiarities of the Viennese real estate market. The interesting discussions continued until late evening.