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From Harmony Room to Company Expo: Kuopio’s Recipe for Holistic Success 

Business Kuopio is once again thrilled to be part of the Tahko Ski Lift Pitch startup event. This year there will be two interesting additions to the event for the participants.  

The Harmony Room, a place for relaxation and recharging throughout the event, will be back again for the second time. This year City of Kuopio together with Business Kuopio and Savilahti project will organize the Harmony Room after its success last year and provide an opportunity for the participants to learn more about Kuopio in a tranquil space.  

Additionally, Business Kuopio is organizing a brand-new feature – the ‘Company Expo’ area. This novel addition to the event provides an exclusive opportunity for businesses in the North-Savo region to present their products, connect with potential investors, and engage with a diverse group of participants.  

Harmony room fosters connections

Feeling the pulse of Kuopio’s vibrant business scene? We warmly invite startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to experience the synergy firsthand in our Harmony room. Take a moment and unwind with us in the Harmony room amidst the bustling event. Feel free to take a break, connect with like-minded individuals, and explore the possibilities for your business journey. Come join us in person to discover how Business Kuopio, City of Kuopio, and Savilahti project can be the catalyst for your success. Visit the Harmony room at Piazza and let’s embark on the path to success together! 

Industry insight in Company Expo 

The aim of the Company Expo is to showcase technology, products, and services of the companies across various sectors within the region. 

Interested companies can secure their spot by registering through the following link and submitting requests for getting a spot in the “Company Expo” at Tahko SLP 2024. Register here: Company Expo- Tahko SLP 2024 (surveypal.com)

Given the constraints of space, acceptance for participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  

City of Kuopio, Savilahti area & Business Kuopio together in Tahko SLP 

The city of Kuopio provides a secure, well-organized, and enjoyable environment, where the beauty of nature seamlessly intertwines with the routines of everyday life. The city also provides diverse educational opportunities across various levels and an exceptional environment for flexible work across multiple locations. 

Savilahti area stands out as one of Finland’s most diverse urban development areas, seamlessly blending every element essential for a fulfilling life. It is a common project for the entire sub-region, and all those involved have a shared desire to develop the area into a unique, functional and attractive environment also on an international scale. 

Business Kuopio brings together the services expert support, and networks offered by the City of Kuopio to businesses. This also includes the services of Enterprise Agency of Kuopio (Kuopion seudun Uusyrityskeskus) and Business Center. We assist businesses of all sizes in our region, guiding them from the initial stages of starting a business to the growth and expansion of their activities. If you are starting a business or have one that is just getting started, you can get expert help from the business advisors of the Enterprise Agency of Kuopio. Start-up counselling for innovative ideas or businesses planning on going international is provided by Business Center North Savo. 

See you in Tahko!


Audra Shallal, Vice President of Corenvest; EBAN

The process of raising money for a business venture begins with a great pitch. The « elevator pitch » is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, company solution, competitiveness and marketing strategy delivered to potential investors. The workshop, conducted by a seasoned entrepreneur/business angel and an expert in Pitch Coaching, will highlight some of the key steps involved in presenting an effective pitch and will provide attendees with inspiration, effective tools, and increased awareness of the challenge of entrepreneurship in today’s highly competitive business environment.

CONTENT:
x The construction of a powerful one-minute pitch.
x Identification of Key Elements investors require in a 10-minute presentation.
x The process of Fine-Tuning Investor Ready Skills to pitch to investors in the marketplace, engaging them to want to know more about your project and the potential of being interested in possibly investing in your company.

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Sointu Borg on puhuja, yrittäjä, ekonomi sekä media- ja somepersoona. Isomman yleisön tietoisuuteen hän nousi voitettuaan realityformaatti Diilin vuonna 2021. Soinnun rajoja rikkova ja räiskyvä asenne hakee vertaistaan! Terävä, sensuroimaton ja huumorilla höystetty ulosanti kuuluvat naisen tavaramerkkeihin.Sointu kuuluu tällä hetkellä Suomen kysytyimpiin ja mielipiteitä herättävimpiin henkilöbrändeihin. Hän omaa runsaasti kokemusta juontamisesta, kameran edessä työskentelystä, puhumisesta sekä
esiintymisestä.

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Join us for an insightful presentation on the important role of teamwork in fostering intellectual property (IP) within growth companies and startups. This session will look at how different roles - from technical to creative to business strategists - each contribute uniquely to IP creation. How technical experts innovate with unique technologies and software, creatives enhance branding and design, and strategists develop game-changing business models and trade secrets. The focus will be on the synergy between these diverse roles and how their collaboration is key to building rich and powerful IP assets. This presentation aims to inspire companies to unlock the full potential of their teams, driving IP success and fostering business growth.

Suvi Julin, Lawyer, Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney

Suvi has wide-ranging experience in the field of intellectual property and technology law. She advises clients on a variety of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters including trademarks, designs and patents as well as in copyright, contractual, employee invention and privacy matters.

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Elias Aalto is one of the founders and the original product lead of Wolt. He's also a co-founder of Qvik – a digital agency that has grown organically to over 120 experts. Prior to them, he designed and developed early games on the iOS, claiming the first Apple Design Award in the Nordics for his game Wooden Labyrinth 3D.

After exiting Wolt, Elias has concentrated on bringing up his daughters and dabbling in angel investing. Recently he joined Shark Tank Finland as one of the sharks on the show.

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Join us at the Kuopio Health Side event @Tahko SLP - where health meets innovation, and opportunities abound! Kuopio Health side event is aimed at investors, startups, entrepreneurs, R2B teams, and of course ecosystem members. The event offers a unique opportunity for networking and making new contacts with actors in the same field. Sit down with investors or exchange ideas with other attendees and hear what's new in the industry.

Side event is open4all, but requires registration: Kuopio Health side event @Tahko SLP - Kuopio Health

 

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Juho Pesonen is a professor of tourism business and deputy head of the department at University of Eastern Finland Business School. He is a member of the Tourism Business research group and the director of the International Master’s Degree Programme in Tourism Marketing and Management. Prof. Pesonen completed his Ph.D. in marketing at University of Eastern Finland, focusing on market segmentation in rural tourism. Now his research focuses on understanding how tourism businesses can survive and thrive in the digital and sustainability transformations. Prof. Pesonen also has the title of Adjunct Professor of digital marketing at University of Turku. He has widely published his research in dozens of peer-reviewed academic journals and has edited several books in the tourism field. He also holds several board positions in companies and associations.

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Ohjelma:

12.00 Tervetuloa!
Antti-Jussi Pitkälä, puheenjohtaja, Kuopion alueen kauppakamarin kauppa-, matkailu- ja palveluvaliokunta

12.05 Kasvua kansainvälisestä matkailusta – Markkinat, yhteistyö ja myynti
Heli Saari, Area Manager, Visit Finland

12.25 Pohjois-Savon Matkailu Oy – Maakunnallinen yhteistyö kilpailuetuna
Pekka Vihma, hallituksen puheenjohtaja, Pohjois-Savon Matkailu Oy

12.55 Navitas Yrityspalvelut – TBC
13.10 TBC

13.25 Data kansainvälisen matkailun vauhdittajana
Juho Pesonen, matkailuliiketoiminnan professori, Itä-Suomen Yliopisto

13.40 Kestävä matkailu – Kulttuuriperintömatkailu kansainvälisenä vetovoimatekijänä
Kirsi Piirainen, projektipäällikkö, Iisalmen kaupunki

13.55 Loppuyhteenveto
Antti-Jussi Pitkälä, puheenjohtaja, Kuopion alueen kauppakamarin kauppa-, matkailu- ja palveluvaliokunta

14.00 Tilaisuus päättyy.

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14.30 Welcome!

14.35 Orion - A short description of the phenomenon

14.40 Pitch 1

14.50 Pitch 2

15.00 Pitch 3

15.10 Pitch 4

15.15 Closing words

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13.30 Welcome!

13.35 Kemira - A short description of the phenomenon

13.40 Pitch 1

13.50 Pitch 2

14.00 Pitch 3

14.10 Pitch 4

14.15 Closing words

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