Nordics-China creates Artificial Intelligence Fund

Chinese business accelerator COMB+ and the Beijing Institute of Collaborative Innovation (BICI) have announced (in connection to Slush 2017 in Finland) the creation of a new Artificial Intelligence Fund with a target size of €65 million. The fund will focus on international technology start-ups entering the Chinese market. The fund is part of the Comb+…

Singapore 2018 host for Denmark-based innovation Lab ‘Unleash’

During the inaugural UNLEASH 2017 in Denmark, 1,000 talents from 129 countries worked on solutions within themes relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018 the Unleash Innovation Lab moves on to Singapore, to which applications are open. 1000 carefully selected young talents from across the world will get to collaborate on ideas and…

Guided tour through a historical part of Bangkok

Scandinavian Society Siam invites members and friends to an afternoon exploring a historical part of Bangkok Sunday 28th January 2018 at 2 pm. Read also: Report from previous historical walk Participants will meet at O.P. Garden, formerly known as Mango Tree, Charoenkrung Soi 36, at 2 pm. It is located on the right-hand side of Soi…

Swedish Versasec opened Singapore Office

Versasec, the leader in smart card management systems, has opened of its new Singapore office (December 2017) serving resellers, customers and prospects in the Asia-Pacific region. The new Singapore office is Versasec’s second office opened in 2017, and joins the company’s existing locations in Dubai, the US, Germany, France, the UK and company headquarters in…

Ascend Capital early-stage Finnish tech companies investment

Ascend Capital Partners has invested in over 24 million euros in four early-stage Finnish tech companies aiming at expanding their market into China. These new investments were officially announced at the highly popular startup and tech conference, Slush, held annually in Helsinki, Finland. Ascend made the public announcement at a China-specific event sponsored by COMB+…

Pirkka Tapiola new EU Ambassador to Thailand

The Finnish diplomat H.E. Mr Pirkka Tapiola is back in Thailand, this time as the Ambassador of the European Union! The Ambassador arrived in Thailand in September of 2017 and formally assumed his duties on 10 December 2017. Prior to taking up his current posting as EU Ambassador to Thailand, Ambassador Tapiola headed the European…

New Chinese Stora Enso polyethylene coating plant inaugurated

Around 170 guests attended the official inauguration of Stora Enso‘s new polyethylene (PE) coating plant at the consumer board mill in Beihai, China on 19 December. Stora Enso has invested EUR 31 million in the PE coating plant, following its establishment in the Guangxi region in China as a response to increasing demand on the…

Nokia, Huawei entered patent license agreement

Nokia (Finland) announced on 21 December that it had signed a multi-year patent license agreement with Huawei. “Huawei is one of China’s largest companies and is among the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of patent licensees,” said Maria Varsellona, chief legal officer at Nokia. Details of…

Nils Nordh: shipping executive, World Amateur Golfers’ Chairman & CEO

Few people cleverly match business with pleasure as does expat Dato’ Nils Nordh. This well-known Swede (not least in Malaysia where he is the only Swedish person holding the Malay state title Dato’ awarded by the Sultan of Pahang) has previously worked for Star Cruises in Malaysia, and been Chairman and CEO of World Amateur…