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Online 24-25 November, 2020

Circular Economy in the New Nordics - creating international growth through cooperation

International online event


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Ms. Veera Koskinen

veera.koskinen (at)

+358 50 476 9929

Business Finland in collaboration with Enterprise Estonia, Innovation Norway, and Investment and Development Agency of Latvia is organizing a 2-day event themed Circular Economy in the New Nordics  creating international growth through cooperation taking place on 24th and 25th of November 2020 online.

During this online event participants are offered insights into the future of circularity, ecosystem building-thinking and more practical opportunities for company-pitching and B2B-meetings aiming at forming possible future co-innovation partnerships. All participating countries have different expertise in the sectors of wood and textile and as such a joint platform for planning, forming and strengthening of cooperations is offered through this event.


Tuesday 24th of November

13:30 Welcome
How to benefit from circular thinking
Keynote: Ecosystem collaboration and bringing circularity into the region - Kari Herlevi  Project Director, Circular Economy Sitra

Panel discussion: Circularity in the New Nordics
Moderator Gry K. Langbakk  Innovation adviser, Innovation Norway
Kerli Kant Hvass  Founder and CEO, Revualate
Cathrine Barth – Managing partner, Nordic Circular Hotspot
Dagnija Blumberga  RTU professor, Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Latvia
Tim Forslund  Specialist, Circular economy, Sitra

Q&A, conclusions


15:00 Creating added value through cooperation and ecosystem building
Moderator Ilmari Absetz, Program Director of Bio and Circular Economy, Business Finland
Aiming to design away the fossil-based society through an ecosystem of regional produce and know-how – Tone Berge, Architect MNAL, Bioregion Institute
Developing innovation Hub for High Value-Added Products from Local Biomass Resources  Roberts Rotbergs, Institute for Environmental Solutions
Collaboration and ecosystem building – Kaisa Hansen, New Entprepreneurship & Startup Center Manager, TalTech University
CLIC innovation: ecosystem building in energy, circular and bioeconomy – Jatta Jussila, CEO, CLIC Innovation

16:30 End of Day 1

Wednesday 25.11.2020: Business Networking day

09:00-10:00 Company pitching session
Sign up to present your company’s offering!

10:00-12:00 Panel discussions on value chains

10:00 Industrial wood construction value chains
Moderator Gatis Zamurs – Executive Director, Latvian Wood Construction Cluster
Margus Siilik – Founder, Okkastyle OÜ
Mikelis Putrams – Founder, Made Arhitekti
Kristine Nore  CEO, OmTRE AS
Juha Sojakka  CEO, Siparila

11:00 Circular textile value chains
Moderator Kerli Kant Hvass  Founder & CEO, Revaluate
Ragnhild Nordhagen – Designer & Product Developer, GU
Frode Svarstad – Quality Director, GU
Pernille Stolze –Textile designer, Flokk
Gatis Ginters  Head of Business development LSEZ, Liepaja
Reet Aus  Founding Partner, Upmade and Aus Design
Ali Harlin  Research Professor, VTT (Technical Research Center of Finland)


13:15-16:15 B2B meetings