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Team Finland House, Helsinki 12.1.2023

Kick Off 2023 – Building courage for international growth

Time: January 12th, 9:30-13:00
Place: Team Finland House, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki

Registration will close January 8th, 2023.


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Sari Paavilainen, Business Finland
sari.paavilainen (at)
Tel. +358 50 395 5396

Everyone doing international business knows, that it takes a lot of work, time, and patience to succeed. We would also like to add one more essentially important ingredient – courage - to this list and will tackle that topic more deeply in our 2023 Kick Off Meeting starting our last operative year.

Welcome you to hear more about courage as an essential part of international growth.

President & CEO, Mr. Rolf Ladau from Paulig Group as a Keynote speaker is telling us, what it means to have courage to grow internationally, what Paulig has done and what we can learn from it.

Our host Tomi Korhonen from Business Finland will challenge Director for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Aulikki Hulmi from Ministry of agriculture and forestry and Mr. Lauri Sipponen, CEO of Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas to share their ideas and thoughts about international growth, why international growth is so important?

Juustoportti´s Friendly Viking brand is a bold way to introduce Nordic plant based products. Founder and CEO of Juustoportti Oy Mr. Timo Keski-Kasari will join us to explain what is behind that idea and how did they decided to operate internationally. How to reach growth in international markets from a SME perspective. 

Do not miss this great opportunity to pick up some courage from our speakers, share your thoughts and mingle with other participants.

See you in Team Finland House January 12th!



Welcome Words
Esa Wrang
Head of Food from Finland Program, Business Finland

Why International Growth is so Important?
Aulikki Hulmi
Director for International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Lauri Sipponen
CEO, Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy

interviewed by host Tomi Korhonen

Keynote: Courage to Grow Internationally
Rolf Ladau
President & CEO, Paulig Group

Company Case: Growth in International Markets from a SME Perspective
Timo Keski-Kasari
Founder and CEO, Juustoportti Oy

Food from Finland Program Activities 2023
Annaleena Soult
Network Lead, Food from Finland, Business Finland

Closing Words
Marika Säynevirta
Food Industry Branch Manager, Finnish Food and Drink Industry Federation