Kuopion Alueen Kauppakamari



8.30 - 10.30 Registration and Morning Brunch
10.00, 10.30 Transport to Panorama Bar by minibus. If you'll ski, you can go there by skiing at any time.

11.00   Welcome to Tahko Ski Lift Pitch! Kari Voutila, COB of the Growth Committee, Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce
  Kuopio - Do Business where Growth is a Force of Nature Kirsi Soininen, Marketing Director, City of Kuopio
11.20 Judges on the Stage: Ari Lahti, Riku Asikainen, Tarja Tikkanen, Anssi Lehikoinen, Sampsa Laine and Jari Osmala
11.40 KEYNOTE TALK: Investor-Startup Roles
Ari Lahti, Tarja Tikkanen, Riku Asikainen and Jari Osmala. Moderator: Claes Mikko Nilsen, FiBAN
12.40 STORY: How 35-years old Technopolis acts like a startup? Kim Höijer, Group Treasure Officer, Technopolis Oyj
14.15 STORY: The commercialization of high-tech innovations and case examples, Anssi Lehikoinen, Professor of Practice, University of Eastern Finland
14.40 STORY: Investors and Nordea hand in hand to venture funding, Sampsa Laine, Executive Vice President, Nordea Finland
16.15 The Day Program ends
16.30,17.00 Transport to the hotel by minibus. If you'll ski, you can go there by skiing at any time.
  MODERATOR: Ricardo Patino, Creative Director, AD Kiivi Oy
18.00-19.30 Buffet dinner
19.00 Pitching Final
  Opening words by:
  Jukka Mönkkönen, Rector, University of Eastern Finland
  Riku Asikainen, Vice President of the Board at EBAN
21.00 Stand up #InvestEU:
  André Wickström, Aatu Raitala, Isak Jansson
22.00 Announcement: The Winner of Tahko Ski Lift Pitch 2017
  DJ Didu
  MODERATOR: Claes Mikko Nilsen, Network Manager, FiBAN

Ski Lift Pitch Battle -competition:
  1. round: 13.00-14.15
  2. round: 15.00-16.15   
Livestream at Panorama Bar Terrace.
The finalists of the Ski Lift Pitch Battle will be announced to finalists themselves and in social media (twitter, facebook).

  • Startups' demoarea is at Panorama Bar Pavilion from 13.00 until 16.00.
  • Partners' show is at Panorama Bar Terrace from 11.00 until 16.00.
Meals are included the tickets:
  • Morning Brunch at Sokos Hotel Tahko Restaurant from 8.30 until 10.30.
  • Lunch at Panorama Bar Restaurant from 12.00 until 15.00.
  • Buffet dinner at Sokos Hotel Tahko Restaurant from 18.00 until 19.30.
Downhill Skiing:
  • A part of the slopes are in use on the event day. A ski rental of the event is at Ski Mac for 50 % discount of the price.
Meet the Tahko SLP COACHES at the ski lifts and get advice for your business:

  • CEO & Digitalist, Aki Karkulahti, Call to Action Oy
  • Marketing Specialist, Kaisa Railanmaa, Talentree Oy
  • Business Advisor, Risto Koivisto, City of Kuopio
  • Lawyer, Mikko Jalkanen, Lukander & Ruohola HTO
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First and far most inspiring startup event in Eastern Finland

A crazy idea of a Savonian elevator pitch evolved in the hands of the regional chamber of commerce and the most talented minds of the area into a pitching competition in a ski lift. This linguistically diverse nation won’t settle for an ordinary lift ride – we want to reach the top by challenging ourselves and the others. There is no escaping the pitch when you are in a ski lift.

According to a Finnish stereotype, when a Savonian person speaks it is the listener’s responsibility to understand the message – which is no different in here! During the lift ride, the investor who listens to the pitch can take your business right uphill. Even if you don’t get seated next to the investor you hoped for, there’s a chance to meet them later during the day program.

Contact us for more information!