Czech RRF Opportunities in the Railway Sector 14.3.2024

Date: 14.3.2024
Time: 14.30 – 15.45 (EET, Helsinki)
Venue: Online Teams

The webinar will be held in English via Microsoft Teams. The webinar is free of charge but requires a registration via the link below, latest by 12th of March.

Note that the event you are participating is arranged together with ITS Finland, Fintraffic and the Finnish Embassy in Prague with whom we share information you provide us about you.



Czech Republic has one of the most dense railway networks in the world. The share of trams and metro in passenger transportation is the highest in Europe. All in all Czech Republic is a heavyweight rail transportation country. Yet, only one third of the railway network is electrified, and there is a need to increase the safety on the rails as well. The national RRF package has major investments into these topics.

Embassy of Finland has contracted a market survey on the railway market in Czech Republic, and the study was successfully done by Spondeo. The study describes overall view of the market, and identifies market potential for Finnish companies and even makes recommendations to the market entry. Business Finland together with ITS Finland, Embassy of Finland in Prague, and Fintraffic are organizing a webinar to present the key results of the study. The study is focused on the railway industry, but many application are also relevant for other manufacturing industries, which are also strong in Czech Republic.

This webinar is meant for Finnish companies working in such areas as digitalization, mobility, energy, green transition, low carbon solutions.


  • Overview of the Czech Republic economy
  • Key market players
  • Czech railway market landscape
  • Third market business opportunities
  • Recommendations to the market entry
  • Team Finland plans to support companies willing to enter the market


Welcome and Opening words
Ambassador of Finland to Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Pasi Tuominen

Brief introduction to the Decarbonized Cities program

Presentation of railway market study
Mr. Tuomas Asunmaa & Mr. Joonas Mäkelä, Spondeo

Views on market entry
Mr. Jaakko Nousiainen, Skoda Transportation & Mr. Mika Lautanala, Embassy of Finland in Prague

Next steps
Mr. Mika Lautanala, Embassy of Finland in Prague


Webinar ends


Luke Kähkönen
Advisor, Business Finland
luke.kahkonen (at)

Mika Lautanala
Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Finland in Prague
mika.lautanala (at)


With arrival of Next Gen-EU funds, Spanish cities have received a unique opportunity to modernize and significantly upgrade their current development. The European Green Deal (EGD), driven by the European Commission, aims to achieve an ecologically ambitious and socially fair transformation towards a climate-neutral development model.

Key measures for the green and digital transition are based on the Reforms and Investments in Spain’s RRF plan, approved by the EU Council on 13 July 2021, helping it to become more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transition.

Business Finland together with Grant Thornton is organizing a webinar to address the most relevant projects of seven (7) largest cities of Spain related to Smart and Green Cities such as: Zaragoza, Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Vitoria – Gasteiz, Málaga, Sevilla.



This webinar is meant for Finnish companies working in such areas as digitalization, mobility, energy, green transition, low carbon solutions.

Time: Wednesday 7.2.2024 at 13.00–14.00
Place: Microsoft Teams webinar
Language: English

Registration is required. Link to the Teams webinar will be sent by email prior to the event.




  • Primary Spanish cities driving investments in Smart City industry;
  • Ongoing and planned Smart City projects and initiatives across different regions and cities in Spain for 2024 – 2030;
  • The most relevant projects and areas of high demand and growth potential for Finnish businesses and investors in the mentioned above cities;
  • Valuable insights for companies looking to target specific geographic areas;
  • Business Finland planned activities in Spain during 2024 to introduce Finnish companies to the relevant stakeholders in Spain.


    • 13:00 Welcome and Opening words by the Ambassador of Finland to Spain H.E. Ms. Sari Rautio
      • Brief introduction to the Decarbonized Cities program
      • Brief presentation of Grant Thornton and the Smart City market study
    • 13:10 Smart City opportunities in the largest Spanish cities

13:45 Presentation of upcoming activities in Spain

    • Business delegation to Madrid and Zaragoza in late April 2024
    • Potential business delegation to Valencia early October
    • Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
  • 13:50 Questions & answers



Daria Mashkina
Senior Advisor
daria.mashkina (at)



Team Finland together with Hydrogen Cluster Finland and BotH2nia network invite you to a networking event focusing on hydrogen economy at the Embassy of Finland in Paris on Tuesday 30th January, 2024 at 19-21!

Tuesday 30.1.2024 at 19-21.

Embassy of Finland
1, Place de Finlande
75007 PARIS

Registration required.


This networking side event is organized during Hyvolution Paris 2024.


  • Welcoming words by Ambassador Matti Anttonen
  • Hydrogen Cluster Finland – Simo Säynevirta, ABB and Chair of the HCF Steering Group
  • Hydrogene France
  • Lhyfe and Flexens ‘Hydrogen projects in Finland’ – Taia Kronborg, Chief Business Officer, Lhyfe and Berndt Schalin, CEO, Flexens
  • Closing remarks – Markku Kivistö, Head of cleantech industry, Business Finland

Here are some background information about Finnish hydrogen market you may find interesting:

H2Cluster Finland – Finland aims to produce 3 million tons of hydrogen annually by 2035.
With one of the cleanest national energy mix, a rapidly increasing share of renewable energy, abundant water resources and high-level technological readiness of the industry, Finland is good location for hydrogen and its derivatives production.

The Hydrogen & Batteries – Dual Helix of Decarbonization program promotes the development and international growth of the Finnish hydrogen and battery industry value chains, technologies, solutions and services.

BotH2nia – a network of local hydrogen valleys in the northern Baltic Sea



Sari Toivonen
Senior Advisor, Invest in Finland, Helsinki
sari.toivonen (at)


Heli Pasanen-Zentz
Senior Advisor, Invest in Finland, Paris
heli.pasanen-zentz (at)

Call for proposals: Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity

Through this call for proposals, we are looking for 2-4 projects where connectivity and data sharing can contribute to speeding up the transition to sustainable mobility.

Deadline for application 4. April 2024
Deadline for submitting questions 30. January 2024
Funding decision 20. May 2024
Budget NOK 12 million
Starting date Summer 2024
Project duration Up to 36 months


Application process and other requirements

All applications must be submitted through Nordic Innovation’s application portal.

The proposal must be received by Nordic Innovation no later than 04.04.2024 at 13:00 CEST. Please note that applications received after the submission deadline will not be considered.

Proposals should be written in English and include a short summary. Please note that the summary may be published.

The budget should follow Nordic Innovation’s standard budget template. The budget template will be available in the application portal.

All questions regarding this call for proposals will be answered through a “Frequently Asked Questions”document on Nordic Innovation’s website. Questions regarding this call may be submitted to: The deadline for asking questions is 30.01.2024. A digital information session is planned for early February 2024.

The Nordic Innovation Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract, dated 4 June 2020, will be a part of the project contract.

Evaluation procedure

All applications will be evaluated by an evaluation panel consisting of representatives from Nordic Innovation and external experts. The final funding decision lies with Nordic Innovation. All proposals will be evaluated according to the evaluation criteria described in this call text.


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The purpose of this Team Finland visit led by Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, Mr. Wille Rydman, is to show commitment from Finnish government to the Nusantara project and energy co-operation.

Nusantara is by far the biggest Smart and Sustainable City construction in Indonesia in coming decades. With its 32 Bl. USD budget it will be a flagship for development of Indonesian cities for decades. Finland has been chosen as a knowledge partner for Nusantara.

Participarting Finnish companies have a chance to connect with the stakeholder base of Nusantara project during the visit by meeting with project owners and executing companies to find new business contacts and partners. We also advance the ongoing proof of concepts of Finnish joint solutions. There is a possibility to visit Nusantara site (during 1-2 February) at East Kalimantan province to meet with Nusantara authorities and stakeholders.

Nevertheless, Jakarta will remain as the business hub of Indonesia. Jakarta has many new development projects to enhance livability in the city. We will meet Jakarta developers to engage with the projects and connect with the project owners.

During the visit, a kick-off for the bilateral governmental energy working group between Finland and Indonesia will be held. Companies from different sectors of energy are invited to the working group. We also meet major stakeholders and customers of energy transition, transport electrification, electricity grid and waste to energy. Energy is naturally also a theme in our communication with Nusantara authority.



Companies focusing on digitalization and sustainable solutions in city and building level, transport electrification related companies and digital solutions for traffic, carbon neutrality enhancing companies, waste to energy, smart grid related companies.


To cover the expenses of arranging the visit, Business Finland will charge a participation fee.

  • Major companies: €1350 + 24% VAT per person
  • Micro and SME’s: €1150 + 24% VAT per person

Business Finland will invoice the participation fee after the visit based on the actual costs. The invoiced fee will not exceed the amounts mentioned above. Kindly note that the participation fee does not include flights or accommodation of the participant nor meals outside the business delegation program.



Business Finland and TÜBİTAK have jointly opened this call in order to support research and development collaboration between Finland and Türkiye.

Business Finland may fund Finnish organizations taking part in consortia participating in this call. The applications must meet the national funding criteria of Business Finland (Funding terms and conditions). The funding rules and the focus areas of the joint call are described more closely in the Call Text. It is important that that the consortium also familiarizes itself with the TÜBİTAK funding rules regarding the part of work planned to be done in Türkiye.


Business Finland can finance Finnish parties in project consortia participating in this round of applications. National funding criteria are applied for funding, including the criteria for Co-Innovation funding. Business Finland can finance Finnish parties in project consortia participating in the application. It is important for the consortium to familiarize itself with TÜBİTAK’s financing conditions for the part planned to be carried out in Turkey.

The Finnish applicants need to file their funding applications using the Business Finland Online ServiceTo enable a smooth processing of the applications, all Finnish applicants need to contact Business Finland as early as possible, and on 12 January 2024 at the latest. The names of the contact persons are attached. The application needs to be followed by a joint project plan for the whole consortium. Projects are expected to start in both countries after 3 July 2024.



Ilmari Absetz (Circular Economy, Textile Industries)
Tel: +358 50 5577 837
Email: ilmari.absetz (at)


Marika Ollaranta (Textile Industry, Decarbonizing Industries Program)
Tel: +358 50 4804 611
Email: marika.ollaranta (at)


Sixten Sandström (Digitalization and Automation)
Tel: +358 50 4824 379
Email: sixten.sandstrom (at)


Toni Mattila (Sustainable Manufacturing Finland Program)
Tel: +358 40 5009 909
Email: toni.mattila (at)


Juha Pulkkinen (Business Finland funding rules and criteria)
Tel. +358 44 4368 043
Email: juha.pulkkinen (at)

Kasvufoorumi 19.1.2024

Kasvufoorumi / Growth Forum

Yhteistyöllä maailmalle Läsnätilaisuus perjantaina 19.1.2024 klo 12.30 – 17.30

Tilaisuus järjestetään Pikku-Finlandiassa osoitteessa Karamzininranta 4, 00100 Helsinki.

Ilmoittautuminen on auki 5.1.2024 saakka.

Ilmoittaudu tästä >>


12.30 Kahvitarjoilu

13.00 Avauspuheenvuorot

Liikenne- ja viestintäministeri Lulu Ranne ja elinkeinoministeri Wille Rydman

Kansainvälisen yhteistyön ja viennin merkitys Suomelle

  • Nina Kopola, Business Finland
  • Harri Airaksinen, Business Tampere
  • Jarkko Saarimäki, Traficom

Liikennealan kasvu-, yhteistyö- ja vientitarinoita

  • Olli Soininen, Fintraffic Oy
  • Juha Vierros, Škoda Group
  • Niko Vuokko, Oy


Kansainvälistymisen palapeli – Miten palat saadaan paikalleen?

Hanna Laurén, Suomen suurlähetystö, Rooma
Jenny Simonsen, ITS Norway

Vuosi 2024 keskustelu – Miten huolehdimme liikennealan kasvusta? Millaisen tuen annamme suomalaisille yrityksille?

  • Moderaattori: Laura Eiro, liikenne- ja viestintäministeriö
  • Elina Puszkarzewicz, Business Finland
  • Eetu Pilli-Sihvola, VTT
  • Pasi Laitala, Espoon kaupunki
  • Tapio Levä, Telia


Sampsa Nissinen, työ- ja elinkeinoministeriö ja Emil Asp, liikenne- ja viestintäministeriö

16.30 Verkostoitumista

17.30 Tilaisuus päättyy

Kutsu Kasufoorumi 2024

Growth Forum

Working together to go global on Friday 19.1.2024 at 12.30 – 17.30. Attendance obligatory.

The event will take place at the Little-Finlandia, Karamzininranta 4, 00100 Helsinki.
The event will be held in Finnish. Last day of registration is 5.1.2024.

Register to the event >>


The importance of international cooperation and exports for Finland

  • Nina Kopola, Business Finland
  • Harri Airaksinen, Business Tampere
  • Jarkko Saarimäki, Traficom

Stories of growth, cooperation and exports in the transport sector

  • Olli Soininen, Fintraffic
  • Juha Vierros, Škoda Group
  • Tero Ojanperä, Oy

Internationalisation puzzle – How to put the pieces in place?

  • Hanna Laurén, Embassy of Finland, Rome
  • Jenny Simonsen, ITS Norway

2024 debate – How do we ensure growth in transport? What kind of support do we give to Finnish companies?

  • Moderator: Laura Eiro, Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Elina Puszkarzewicz, Business Finland
  • Eetu Pilli-Sihvola, VTT
  • Pasi Laitala, City of Espoon
  • Tapio Levä, Telia Finland

Keynote speeches

Sampsa Nissinen, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Emil Asp, Ministry of Transport and Communications

16.30 Networking
17.30 End of the event


AI in Mobility and Logistics: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities in Finland and the Netherlands

Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 09:00 – 10:15 (NL) 10.00-11.15 (EEST FI)
Location: Online via Teams Meeting

Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 where we will delve into the intriguing world of AI. This event offers a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among experts and stakeholders in the Netherlands, Finland and Nordic+ who share enthusiasm for the future of transportation. Your participation will play a significant role in shaping the path forward for AI in mobility and logistics.

Under the theme “AI in Mobility and Logistics: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities,” we intend to explore the influence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its impact on mobility and logistics. Our goal is not only to foster an informative discussion but also to provide insights through brief introductions to AI in both the Netherlands and Finland, linked to use cases. We invite you to join us for an engaging exploration of this topic.


  • Short introduction on AI developments in the Netherlands – Max Schreuder at Connekt/ITS Netherland followed by case studies of:
  • Boen Groothoff & Vishruth Krishnan, City of Amsterdam – Case Study Crowd Monitoring System
  • Short introduction on AI developments in Finland – Marko Forsblom CEO ITS Finland followed by case studies of:
  • Tapio Levä, Head of Data & AI Business, Telia Finland – TBA
  • Juho Kostiainen, Project Manager, Mobility Lab Helsinki – the city’s testbed for smart mobility
  • Q&A and Wrap up

This webinar is a collaboration between ITS Finland and ITS Netherlands/Connekt & Smart Mobility Embassy, the international label of Connekt. It marks the second webinar in a series of Finnish & Dutch online and live meetings, including future live events such as Intertraffic Amsterdam (April 2024) and ITS World Congress Dubai (September 2024).

Register Today:

Secure your spot for this informative webinar and be part of a dynamic discussion that will influence the future of transport. Registration link:

We look forward to your participation in this enlightening exploration of AI in Mobility and Logistics.

ITS Finland, ITS Netherlands

For more information or questions, please do not hesitate to contact

  • Alex Gyllenbögel:
  • Marije de Nijs:

A Nordic+ webinar – A reality check on the future of autonomous vehicles

Date: 29th of November
Time: 11:00 – 13:00 EET, Helsinki / 12:00-14:00CET

Nordic+ is inviting you to a free webinar on the 29th of November at 12:00-14:00CET. In this insightful webinar, experts from the Nordic+ countries will provide a comprehensive overview of the current state and prospects of autonomous vehicles, infrastructure, data sharing, and law and regulation in the Nordic region.

Join the discussions on the latest advancements, challenges, and regulatory developments shaping the autonomous vehicle landscape.

Welcome to a webinar about autonomous vehicles, infrastructure, data sharing, and law and regulation in the Nordic region.

Do not miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the future of transportation in the Nordic+ ecosystem.Program coming soon!

Sign up below (the webinar will be recorded) – and here you will find access to the webinar (Teams link).


Sign up today

A Nordic+ webinar – A reality check on the future of autonomous vehicles



Date: Thursday 30 November, 2023
Time: 14:30-15:30 (EET) // 15:30-16:30 (KSA)
Venue: Teams

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Middle East and Africa and one of the fastest-growing G20 economies in 2022, registering an impressive growth rate of 8.7% and notable progress in implementing its ambitious Saudi Vision 2030.


Given the Kingdom’s geographical location between Europe and Asia, its pivotal role in the global energy market, and the current necessity of imported commodities in supplying basic consumer demand, transport and logistics are critical to the economy. Future plans for the sector include a transformative agenda aimed at capitalising on geographic advantages and providing critical services to the global economy.

Under VISION2030, the government has set ambitious aims to restructure both the transport and logistics sectors to enable expected economic and population growth. The National Transformation Programme (NTP) and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Programme (NIDLP) detail these reform plans, which show that the government will invest more than SR500 billion ($133.3 billion) in port, airport, rail, and other infrastructure development through 2030.

With the KSA’s ambitious target to achieve climate neutrality by 2060, commitment to environmental initiatives, and reducing carbon emissions, the sustainability market has expanded further.

Business Finland teamed up with one of the architects behind the vision 2030 realization – the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment (MISA) – to organize this webinar to provide Finnish Companies with a possibility to discover the Saudi Transport and Logistic market and its numerous opportunities; get first-hand information about the changes in the country, as well as answer the questions companies might have about the Saudi market.


  • 14:30–14:35 Opening remarks by Juha Nurmi, Trade Counsellor, Embassy of Finland, Riyadh Saudi-Arabia
  • 14:35–14:40 Opening remarks by ITS Finland
  • 14:40–14:50 Country profile by Nabil Mohamed, Senior Advisor in Saudi Arabia
  • 14:50–15:15 Transport and Logistic Market Overview, Abdullmalik A. Alzuhairi, MISA
  • 15:15–15:25 Q&A
  • 15:30 End of the webinar


The webinar is targeted for Finnish companies that have: Digital solutions to built environment, Energy-efficient solutions and low-carbon building material, and for everyone else interested in the subject.



Mr. Nabil Mohamed
Senior Advisor, Business Finland

nabil.mohamed (at)

Ms. Daphne Wang
Project Manager, Delegations, Business Finland (at)