The purpose of the trip was to give close to 40 selected entrepreneurs and business leaders an opportunity to visit innovative Finnish environments and businesses. The first day of the trip started with an introduction to Finland’s history at the Mannerheim Museum. The delegates then visited the Swedish Embassy where Ambassador Anders Ahnlid and Christian Weckman from Business Sweden gave status reports on Finnish politics and entrepreneurship.
The day continued with an inspiring visit to Aalto University where the delegates met Iceye, a startup founded by Aaalto students that is developing microsatellites.
The Finnish game industry was the theme of the last destination of the day. The delegates visited Supercell where they met founder Ilkka Paananen and the team behind the hit games Clash of the Clans, Hay Day and Boom Beach.
Slush – one of the world’s biggest startup events
The second day started with a breakfast at which Alexander Stubb gave an inspiring presentation on the theme “Does Finland understand the fourth industrial revolution?” Topics discussed during the breakfast included the interplay between humans and technology and the challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence and robotisation.
The main activity of the day was a visit to Slush, one of the world’s biggest events for startups. This year it assembled 20,000 entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. After a powerful opening speech by Al Gore, Prince Daniel stopped by the Swedish Hotspot stand where Swedish startups had an opportunity to present their ventures.
Finnish design was the theme of the last visit of the trip, to Marimekko where the delegates saw how the company’s famous textiles are made.