Matchmaking Sprint

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Has your company created a digital solution that makes our built environment better or the industry work smarter? Are you looking to expand your business to Finland? Join the Matchmaking Sprint!

Regional Business Development Team Nordics & Baltics in cooperation with The Netherlands Embassy in Helsinki has teamed up with KIRAHub, an innovation hub boosting sustainable digitalisation of the built environment in Finland. Together they are now opening a special market entry opportunity where 5 companies are selected to join a bespoke matchmaking sprint this spring.

>> Apply now to the Matchmaking Sprint

Why Helsinki and Finland?

Holding the position as Europe’s best country in the digital society and economy comparison (DESI), Finland offers an extremely well-functioning and international business environment and talented workforce. This mix creates the perfect ground for success. In recent years, Finland has also excelled in the startup scene, producing headline stories and topping the charts in attracting venture capital.

Additionally, Helsinki was ranked #2 in Smart City Index in 2020. The vast Smart City development creates the basis for smart building solutions and technologies, supported by an ambitious and multidisciplinary smart building ecosystem in Helsinki. The city also offers you an access to real-life test beds and opens opportunities to collaborate with public and private partners.

Finland is currently leading the way in innovation and digitalisation of real estate and construction industry. The country holds the top position in the number of PropTech startups per capita. The R&D investments are also on the rise as Finland invest annually up to 2 million euros to promote digitalisation in the real estate and construction sector (Germany invests €7,5 million).

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The matchmaking sprint

Based on the needs of the companies and the materials provided, KIRAHub and the partners offer the following support for the selected Dutch companies during the process:

  • identify potential partners and collaboration opportunities (e.g. industry development projects, research initiatives, R&D programs)
  • shortlist clients in the Finnish real estate and construction sector that match the profile, needs and ambitions of the selected Dutch companies
  • host a dedicated sparring session with each company to go through the findings and to help initiate the contacts
  • guide on how to develop and adjust the company’s business to the Finnish market
  • market entry support and introduction to soft-landing services provided by Helsinki Business Hub 
  • opportunity to meet with the team from the newly launched NewCo Accelerator programme and to apply for their next cohort

WHO CAN apply

The Netherlands Embassy and KIRAHub have specifically opened this opportunity for companies that match the following criteria:

  • you are based in the Netherlands
  • you are looking to enter the Finnish market now or in the near future
  • you have a market-ready solution
  • your solution boosts sustainable digitalisation and/or circular economy in the built environment

If you answered yes to all of the above, please go ahead and click the yellow button below to apply now!

You can to prepare your answers. The organisers will do their research based on the applications to identify and select a delegation of five (5) companies with similar and complementing offerings and opportunities for venturing into the Finnish market.


Read how Helsinki Business Hub helped RETEX enter the Finnish market – and learn how they can support your company

“Finland’s excellent business environment, government support, and municipal and private partners were the main factors that attracted us here.” – Toomas Allikas, CEO, RETEX Panels

RETEX Panels, a company specializing in recycled textile waste innovation, is launching its operations and building a factory in Riihimäki, Finland. The company plans to disrupt the construction and building materials market with new technologies that convert textile waste into value-added products like panels. RETEX also intends to build a larger circular economy ecosystem around its new factory and to expand its operations to other European countries and beyond.

Instead of starting RETEX Panels in his native Estonia, Allikas decided to cross the narrow sea separating Estonia and Finland

>> Read the full story here

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