National Finnish Clusters Event
– The power of clusters: Making history together

in Kokkola, Finland, Sept. 3–4, 2024

This National Finnish Clusters Event is organised to introduce possibilities for Finnish clusters to get organised, learn to know each other, work together and learn from each other.

We find that now is the moment to highlight the unique and well working Finnish clusters and let them know about each other. We can see the largest investments in history of Finland, especially in Northern and Western Finland, but also elsewhere in Finland. We can see that the green transition is strongly underway.

Cooperation, trust and a genuine spirit of doing things are more important than ever.

Developing the national economy and competitiveness requires strong Nordic cooperation, since together we have the possibility to take on and thrive on global markets. A lot of innovation activities in the Nordics occur in regional and national clusters, which means that they need to become connected to enhance fruitful cooperation. At the same time, the Finnish cluster field is scattered and a holistic understanding of it is lacking.

Organiser

Viexpo has a strong identity as a national and regional actor and an essential part of the Team Finland network, working in close cooperation with the actors in the network and utilising its partner network nationally and globally.

Viexpos special strength is Nordic cooperation, strong expertise and experience, which it wants to turn into national capital.

NordicHub, coordinated by Viexpo, is a national platform for Finnish clusters and a bridgebuilder connecting Finnish clusters with Nordic clusters. Our goal is to highlight and connect Finnish clusters. We want to increase information exchange, awareness and knowledge about clusters and cluster activity. Our goal is also, in tight collaboration with our Nordic partners, to promote cooperation between Finnish clusters and Nordic clusters.

Venue

Kokkola, an international hub on the West Coast of Finland, offers excellent logistics and an inspiring atmosphere. With a long business tradition, we invest strongly in the future: chemistry, cleantech, bioeconomy, boat industry, service networks, and RDI, without forgetting the people, strengthening our community and fostering innovation – together a broader horizon!

Accommodation

We have reserved a quota of rooms for quests who need accommodation at the hotel nearby

Original Sokos Hotel Kaarle, Kauppatori 4, 67100 Kokkola

For room reservations, please call the hotel directly +35820 780 8900 or email kaarle.kokkola@sokoshotels.fi and mention our quota Cluster 2024at the booking stage. Rooms can also be booked via www.sokoshotels.fi pages with quota ID BCLUSTER2024

The rooms will be available for booking to August 19th, and you need to confirm your booking August 26th at the latest, after which the rooms can be booked according to availability at the daily rate.

The last free cancellation date for individual rooms booked from the quota is 7 days before the arrival date.

Program

The programme will consist of invited experts speaking about themes like

  • What cluster work has already been done at European and Nordic level?
    –Cases Sweden and the EU
  • What would the Finnish clusters want NordicHub to do, and which direction to take?
  • What is possible within the Finnish context at the moment?
  • Which significance have clusters in financial terms
  • News from clusters

The event will offer invited expert speakers, workshops, matchmaking, visit to selected companies and clusters. We also welcome ideas for content and tips on experts.

We will invite visitors from EU commission, European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP), European Clusters Alliance (ECA) and from Nordic clusters to participate and share their experiences.

The event is for

  • Finnish clusters and cluster organisations, and for the actors behind these
  • Finnish companies within the clusters, who are interested in cluster cooperation in the EU and the Nordics
  • anyone who want to be present and experience the visible investments in Kokkola

Registration

Please register on August 16th at the latest. (Registration site opens in a new window)
Note: Limited number of places. The places will be filled in order of registration.

The event and transportation to visits are free of charge, and meals self-paid

Please notice we have a no-show fee of 20€. We would appreciate if you unregistered in case you were not able to participate.

Our partners

Want to be our partner?

If you would like to participate in the arrangements, please contact us.

Visibility is given to all those responsible for the arrangements and costs.

For more information:

Triinu Varblane
NordicHub Manager | Export Advisor
+358 44 332 3134
triinu.varblane@viexpo.fi