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Finnish Business Council Singapore is seeing stronger influx

Finnish Business Council in Singapore bears witness to that the city state is very much a hub for Southeast Asia, with a strong influx from Finland in recent years, including more start-ups and individuals than previously. FBC’s Mr Janne Lautanala talks to ScandAsia about the development. Finnish Executive Janne Lautanala, who arrived to Singapore four…

Swedes launch lending platform in Singapore, target Southeast Asia

Lendela, set up in 2018 in Singapore by founders from Sweden and global fintech group Zentro, forms proof of how Singapore is a preferred hub also for start-ups when it comes to entering the Southeast Asian market. And with the right business model local financing can, it appears, easily be obtained. Lendela is in the…

Finland’s new education expert resource for Southeast Asia

As Finnish education and know-how has increasingly become an export product, paired with rising start-ups within edutech going international, Finland’s Ministry of Education has strengthened its presence in the Finnish embassies with specialist positions, one appointed to Singapore, Education and Science Counsellor Anna Korpi. Covering Southeast Asia she is especially tasked to make Finland’s higher…

Helsinki promotes start-ups, business investment in and via Singapore

Following the ‘Meet Finland in Singapore’ week that took place during the Singapore Week of Innovation & TeCHnology 2018 (SWITCH), and also included Helsinki’s very own Slush tech start-up event concept (held for the third time also in Singapore), the Finnish organisers’ initial evaluation in a press release was positive and upbeat. They said that…

Business Finland, National Innovation Agency of Thailand signed MoU

Permanent Secretary Mr. Jari Gustafsson, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and Permanent Secretary Associate Professor Dr. Soranit Siltharm, Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand witnessed on 13 December 2018 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Business Finland (BF) and National Innovation Agency of Thailand (NIA). Business Finland (BF),…

Norwegian mobile payment app to cooperate with Chinese app

Norwegian mobile payment app Vipps will cooperate with Chinese mobile payment app Alipay to open the system up for mobile payments by Chinese tourists visiting Norway. “Our cooperation with Alipay gives merchants unique opportunities to accept mobile payments by QR Code scanning by Chinese tourists, as well as marketing through the Alipay app,” said Berit…

Nordic China Startup Night held in Shenzhen

A Nordic start up night in ‘China’s silicon Valley’ Shenzhen took place on 16 November, organised by Nordic China Startup Forum. ‘Nordic China Startup Night – Lets Connect the World’s Two Best Startup Scenes’ was held at Beeplus in Futian, Shenzhen. Nordic tech start-ups and businesses got to explore business opportunities and investments in Greater…

Danish-Chinese Corporate Innovation Day held in Beijing

‘Are you ready for co-creation, user-centricity and digitalization in China?’ This was the theme of this year’s Corporate Innovation Day, which Shanghai – Innovation Centre Denmark co-organized together with Sino-Danish Center For Education And Research (SDC) and University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS). The event, held on 8-9 November, featured talks by speakers from…

Business Innovation Congress Philippines

NordCham Philippines supported the 6th edition of the Business Innovation Congress in Manila on 15 November, with the main theme of the event: ‘Business Transformation in a Digital Ecosystem’. Over 200 executives, technology influencers, international business leaders and government leaders from across the globe attended the conference to engage in intellectual exchange and in-depth discussions…

34th Joint Business Council Taiwan-Sweden

34th Joint Business Council Between Taiwan and Sweden was held in Taipei on 20 November – this year focusing on Smart Cities and Sustainable Societies. Over 200 participants and a delegation of 9 leading Swedish companies within ICT and Smart Cities, Renewable Energy and Environment as well as Healthcare and Medtech attended, reported Vlad Månsson…