Finland’s cooperation with the greater Nanjing region got a great boost at 26-30th of June at the Nanjing Tech week. The event was organized in the old capital of China, with a population of more than 30 million (the greater Nanjing region) brought together more than 2000 participants from 26 countries.
Mayor of Nanjing, Lan Shaomin, saluted Finland's experiences as an innovative society. Finland was awarded the role of the major guest country of honor at the Tech Week. The status together with the active role many Finnish actors are playing in Nanjing produced very high profile attention on Finland at the opening of the conference, throughout the different events, as well as by the media.
The week finally featured a Slush Nanjing event, bringing this Finnish brand to Nanjing for the first time, and providing a venue for a large crowd of innovators, startups and investors.
Among the participants were more than a dozen Finnish companies (Augumenta, Realmax Oy, Sy-raWise, FAKE, Delta Cygni Lab, Wapice, Finnish Water Forum, Indooratlas, Quuppa, UROS, Col-loidtek, Elozo, BMH Technology) who displayed their technical and other offerings in the areas of energy, construction, air quality, environmental and industrial solutions, and many others.
Collaboration at the municipal level between Nanjing and several Finnish towns (Oulu, Rovaniemi, Kemi) was also strengthened, as well as environmental collaboration between environmental authorities in Finland (Ministry of Environment) and Nanjing.
Additionally participating to Nanjing Tech week program Finnish companies had several pre-arranged meetings with Chinese companies, where concrete steps to go forward were agreed. In one of those meetings Quuppa, IndoorAtlas, Colloid Tek and Uros met around 25 Chines companies. The meeting was filmed on online-TV, which +1000 people were watching. One company Colloid Tek received immediately a request to start planning co-operation possibilities with the Chinese companies. On the last day of the event Uros and IndoorAtlas signed MoU with China Unicom.
Being Nanjing Tech week Gest Country of Honor Finland got a lot of attention and there was a lot of interest towards Finnish companies. As part of the attention Finland received a lot of media interest. Pasi Helmann, Consul General Finland Shanghai was interviewed on the TV, there were several articles in local press. Also local media delegation visited Finland Pavilion and interviewed the Finnish companies.
This Nanjing Tech Week was the first time that Business Finland was at Nanjing and already in these few days it came very clear, that Finnish companies have a great business opportunities in China. This week and companies' one-to-one discussions also showed that there is a strong interest to work with Finland and Finnish companies. Now this just needs to be turned into concrete business cases.
- Many companies turned the meetings into very concrete actions by confirming their co-operations by signing MoUs. At Nanjing we also noticed that their investments to development are enormous. Finland could easily have a share of these investments. Finland received astonishing publicity by being Guest Country of Honor in Nanjing Tech Week. Now we just need to make the most of this and turn it into a commercial success, is Reijo Smolander from Business Finland saying about the event.
Nanjing is clearly a place where there are need for the Finnish offering. They are very interested in working with the Finnish companies.
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Reijo Smolander, Senior Advisor
reijo.smolander (at) businessfinland.fi
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