Helsinki Business Hub’s Senior Business Advisor talks about the need for technological collaborations in the enterprise markets of India and Finland.
How has your journey been in supporting Indian businesses expand into the Helsinki market?
We at Helsinki Business Hub have been working towards making Finland a conducive ecosystem that strikes the right balance between availability of technology, supportive legislation, funding sources and talent. Leveraging Finland’s robust business and innovation environment is an opportunity available to Indian companies across verticals and sizes and our aim is to introduce them to it. Our Business Platform Development team has been instrumental in helping Indian companies find unique piloting opportunities in Greater Helsinki, as well as solutions and partners.
India, one of the fastest technologically advancing countries, is home to entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking for more than just resources and land. We understand the value of a holistic business space and our aim is to help businesses scale to Finland such that their end-to-end needs are met – investor, legislative, product development platform, talent, etc. Working alongside our India partner PrEver, we have been able to help Indian technology companies explore and identify what’s best for their venture and accordingly trace a path that leads them to their goals. The deepening of relations between the Indian and Finnish Embassies is also an encouraging reflection of the possibilities present.
Having said that, our work with Indian companies like Inteliment, a technology company specializing in data science and business analytics, DEFTeam and SRKay Consulting Group, has given us valuable experience in their industries and we are glad to have been a part of their journey to the European market. We remain committed to collaboratively working with Indian technology companies and hand-holding their leap to an ecosystem brimming with prospects.
How successful was Slush 2018 in pushing forward your mission?
Slush embodies the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship and much like us, provides a platform for entrepreneurs world-over to exhibit their ideas and an opportunity to bring it fruition. This year, Slush hosted some of the best Indian start-ups - Stumagz’s solutions, Forbes recognised Edtech solution of India, Zunik Energies, a start-up focused on inverter topology, Reckon Green, manufacturer of LED lamps that offer 800% longer life, Interview buddy, a cloud-based video interviewing platform, to name a few. The event has also flourished over the years due to the governmental support provided. This year, Embassy of India in Helsinki, in association with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) set-up a “Start-Up Pavillion” which facilitated about 30 start-ups and Nasscom’s business delegation.
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