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18.04.2017 10:17

BusinessOulu introduces top-class know-how in digitalization

As a key partner of the Finnish Pavilion 2017, BusinessOulu wants to give companies an opportunity to create business activities in Kazakhstan by participating in Astana Expo.


BusinessOulu, in charge of implementing the City of Oulu's industry policies, leads the operations in the Finnish Business Hub in Astana, which promotes innovations, technologies transfer and trade between Finland and Kazakhstan.

The Finnish Business Hub helps Finnish companies to find partners and new business in Kazakhstan - and Kazakhstan companies to find business and partners in Europe. Astana is a sister city to Oulu, and the cooperation between the two cities is close.

- Astana offers Oulu-based companies an opportunity to create business and receive investment to Finland. Astana Expo will also introduce Oulu region as an interesting tourist attraction, which will increase tourism to Oulu, says Mukhtar Mankeyev, Head of Finnish Business Hub in Kazakhstan.

With its partner companies, BusinessOulu will arrange events with special themes at the Expo. “Oulu days” on June 18–19 will promote Smart City Oulu as an entrepreneurial hub and a tourism destination. On August 15–16, the theme is Finnish Cleantech and Energy. The companies participating at Expo will have meetings with local companies arranged by the Finnish Business Hub.

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Oulu – Capital of Northern Scandinavia – is the growth and development hotspot of Northern Europe with 250 000 inhabitants. The world’s northernmost tech hub is famous for its expertise in wireless technologies and digitalization. Oulu’s innovation environment, ecosystems and think tanks create innovations in a bold and productive manner, especially concentrating in the fields of ICT and Life Science. The aim is to rapidly develop business opportunities and significantly increase start-up investments. Oulu also profiles as the most visible event city in Northern Scandinavia.

BusinessOulu is in charge of implementing the City of Oulu's industry policies, and providing growth companies with the services they require, in addition to promoting export, import, investments, and employment. With the help of its international partner network, BusinessOulu acts as a partner to companies and helps them grow internationally. BusinessOulu persistently develops tourism business, conferences, congresses and events.

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