The City of Helsinki is participating in Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH). During the event, that takes place on 18–21 September, the city introduces itself with the theme "Helsinki – Designing Better Life". Nearly a hundred Finnish companies within the fields of smart cities, sea technology, design and education are also attending the event. About half of the companies are start-ups.
The City of Helsinki's programme consists of discussion forums, workshops and seminars for local professionals in certain chosen fields. The workshop participants have the chance to try out and experience the elements that make Helsinki one of Europe's first-class knowledge hubs.
Through the event, the possibilities for Finnish companies to succeed in Singapore's market are strengthened and the recognition of Helsinki as a business and innovation cluster is increased on a general level throughout Southeast Asia. The efficiency of this endeavour will be measured through following up the attending companies for a year.
"Helsinki wants to be the world's most appealing place for all kinds of innovators who want to make the world a better place. In the future, Helsinki is aiming for the position of Europe's intellectual start-up capital in a more intensive manner. Our existing reputation as an active start-up ecosystem as well as a cluster for know-how, innovations and testing platforms is brought forward in many different ways during the SWITCH week in Singapore. This is a big opportunity not only for the participating companies, but also for Helsinki itself," Mayor Jan Vapaavuori says.
Slush Singapore, which is part of the event, is also a great opportunity for Finnish start-up companies to introduce themselves in the heart of Southeast Asia.
A part of Singapore's Finland 100 event
The Helsinki – Designing Better Life event is part of a series of 30 different events focusing on the Finland 100 jubilee year in Singapore.
The event is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Business Council in Singapore, Finpro, the Helsinki Metropolitan Smart & Clean foundation, the Suomi Finland 100 Singapore association, GEMS World Academy, Aalto University and the Singapore Design Council. The city is also cooperating with Helsinki Business Hub, Startup Sauna, Maria 01, HealthSPA, Health Innovation Village and xEdu.
Participating companies at the Helsinki – Designing Better Life event
3DBear / Aalto EE / Alme Solutions / Arkki / Asqella / BC Platforms / Buddy Healthcare / Cargotech / City of Helsinki / Claned / CoreOrient / CTRL Reality / Cuppla / Digitalist Group / Digitalist Group/Ixonos / Evolta / EXX Maritime / eMedi Innovation / Evolta / Fifth Corner / Finpro / Fira / Firstbeat / Fjuul / Fleetrange / Flou Analytics / Futurecode / Gaia Consulting / HBH / Health Innovation Village / HealthSpa / HEI Schools / Houm / House of Learning / HundrED / HUS / IBM / Kii / Kine Robot Solutions / KNL Networks / Lifa Air / Lyfta / MaaS Global / Mightifier / Microsoft / Naava / Napa / New Urban Collective / Nightingale / Oura / Palmu / Parking Energy / Paths to Math / Perille / PlugIT / Rolls-Royce / Rounders / Sensible4 / Seppo.io / Siemens / Sitra / SmartWatcher / Sooma Medical / Solita / Sova3D / Studio Puisto Architects / Synoste / Taival / TAT (Me & MySchool) / Teatime / Tinyapp / Tridify / Tuup / University of Turku / Vaisala / Vedia / Vertical Health Accelerator / Viasys / VideoVisit / Virta Global / Wärtsilä / Wärtsilä/Eniram / Witrafi / Z-Instruments