Finnish-Dutch matchmaking at the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019)
Venla Virkamäki, Policy Officer for Trade and Innovation at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Helsinki, with HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau.

Finnish-Dutch matchmaking at the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2019)

As far as countries go, Finland and the Netherlands have been relatively active in their pursuit of a transition towards a more circular economy. I talked with Venla Virkamäki, Policy Officer for Trade and Innovation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Helsinki, about the circular economy, WCEF2019, and the opportunity for Finnish-Dutch cooperation.

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Petri Rinne urges startups to get their hands dirty
Petri Rinne, international growth consultant at Reigate.

Petri Rinne urges startups to get their hands dirty

When it comes to startups aspiring to go abroad, 25 years of international business development, including 20 years of working with software companies, have taught Petri Rinne the importance of quickly gettings your hands dirty by shifting into sales mode - after some initial desktop research.

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Fluidit’s simulation software helps water utilities save in a big way
Timo Ranta-Pere, CEO of Fluidit Oy.

Fluidit’s simulation software helps water utilities save in a big way

Founded by three Finnish water engineers with a knack for modern software development, Fluidit Oy simulates the flow, pressure and velocity of water within a distribution network - or the sewerage -, enabling utilities to save serious money on pipes, pumps and energy, and to better predict the impact of potential accidents or renovation work.

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How (not) to land in the Netherlands – lessons learned by Heeros CEO Matti Lattu
Matti Lattu, CEO of Heeros Oyj and Heeros Nederlands B.V.

How (not) to land in the Netherlands – lessons learned by Heeros CEO Matti Lattu

In talking with Matti Lattu, the CEO of Finnish e-invoicing automation provider Heeros, it seems that in a nutshell, to successfully land a Finnish business in the Netherlands demands adherence to three rules: (1) Get a grasp of Dutch small talk; (2) Raise a war chest of at least a million euros; (3) Don’t send off no lonesome cowboy.

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