Programme 8.4.2021

Tahko Ski Lift Pitch Event 8.4.2021

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10:00 - The event begins!
Host: Tomi Kaukinen
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

10:15 - Matchmaking Miracles of Varkaus & Iisalmi Regions 
Organized by Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, Rajaton Ylä-Savo project in co-operation with Varkaus and Iisalmi regions.
Jouko Laitinen & Katja Niiranen, Navitas yrityspalvelut
Terho Savolainen, City of Iisalmi
Read more here.
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

10:30 - Nordea Partner Clinic
Financing start up – Banker’s interview
@ Brella Breakout Room

10:45 - Music Performance: Jouni Somero, Anna-Claudia Somero, FinnConcert 
Organized by Kuopio Health as an introduction to the afternoon’s partner clinic  
”The impact of art and art-based methods on creativity, innovation and wellbeing” 
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

11:00 - Lunch Break

12:00 - Tahko Ski Lift Pitch – Pitching Finals, part I 
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

13:05 - Short Break

13:15 - Keynote: Mika Gabrielsson, UEF
"Social media offers opportunities for growth companies to overcome the barriers of internationalization"
D.Sc. Mika Gabrielsson is a professor of international business and sales management (IBS) at the University of Eastern Finland. In his present capacity he heads the IBS program and the Doctorate Program in Business.
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

13:40 - Keynote: Maria Ritola, Entrepreneus and Co-founder at​
"The most crucial and intriguing lessons learned as an entrepreneur"
Powered by: Creating a succesful North-Savo startup community -project –Startup Ski Academy
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

14:10 - Short Break

14:20 - Tahko Ski Lift Pitch – Pitching Finals
Announcing the 3 finalists!
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

14:30 - Future returns: Opportunities in the circular economy -panel discussion 
Organized by: FiBAN
What is a circular economy - and how to create long-term growth and value by investing in it? What can be learned from experienced angel investors and experts in the field who invest in the transition of circularity? 
Join us for a conversation with experienced angel investors and impact experts Vesa HelkkulaInka Mero and Pauli Marttila moderated by Johanna Ahtiainen, FiBAN's Training and Development Manager. Panelists will share valuable insights on circular economy investing; the impact behind it, the obstacles standing in the way, and the long-growth opportunities it has to offer. 
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

15:00 - Tahko Ski Lift Pitch – Partner Clinics
@ Brella Breakout Rooms

- Attracting Foreign Investments I Internationalization of North Savo - Global World 
    Organized by: Invest and Expand Pohjois-Savo -project
15:00 Welcome Speech - Stepan Tirkkonen, Project Manager Kuopio City 
15:00-1510 Attracting Foreign Investors ( - Marko Vänskä, Head of Investor Services, Business Finland  
15:15-15:25 Nasdaq First North – Raising capital through an IPO - Minna Korpi, Director, Nasdaq Helsinki Oy 
15:30-15.40 Russian Investor’s Mentality, When and How to Approach - Pekka Viljakainen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Skolkovo Ventures Ltd.
15:45-15:55 Pavel Morozov, Head of Venture Funds Department, Skolkovo Ventures Ltd.
Read more here.

- The impact of art and art-based methods on creativity, innovation and wellbeing
Organized by: Kuopio Health 
Experts: Tiina Naumanen, Communication and Drama trainer, Performer, Viestintäkoulutus Draivi
Raisa Leinonen, R&D Advisor, Arts&Design, Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Hanna Kumpulainen, Work Community Coach, CEO Hiljainen Mieli Ltd, Hyvää Työtä
Vesa Purokuru, Organizational consultant, Humap
Nanna Hänninen, Neemo Coach, Artist, CEO, Neemo Method
Art and art-based methods can be used strategically to create safety, imaging future, build trust, find shared values, and shift perceptions. In addition, through art, we can stimulate creativity, wellbeing and innovativeness in organizations. In this panel, top experts view the topic with the help of Neemo Method
We dive into the subject through a musical performance and at the same time get a little moment to calm down. 

- Super Goof -workshop for future winners
Are you the next Super Goof entrepreneur? Have you heard about Kuopio Living Lab? What about Business Center or DigiCenterNS? We are the peanuts to your hidden powers. Come to listen what we have to offer and tell us what else do you need!
During the TahkoSLP we also offer Super Proof -sparring with our specialists. More information about the specialists will be available later.
This session if offered by:
Kuopio Living Lab:
Business Center:

Kuopio Living Lab and its secret identity? Jouko Miettinen, City of Kuopio
DigiCenterNS - the Q Branch providing your “gadgets”, Aki Happonen, Savonia University of Applied Sciences
Examples and workshop

16:05 - Tahko Ski Lift Pitch – Pitching Finals
The Roast 

The startup finalists will be roasted by the judges for the last time!
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

16:25 - After Ski: Ali Jahangiri Stand Up! 
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

16:45 - Announcing the Winners of
Tahko Ski Lift Pitch 2021
& Tahko Ski Lift Pitch Student Track!

@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

17:00 - Closing up words by the Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce
@ LiveStream on Brella, Main Stage

The event programme and schedule is subject to change. We hold all rights to changes or cancellation.