Circular Economy in the New Nordics

24 November 2020

Business Finland in collaboration with Enterprise Estonia, Innovation Norway, and Investment and Development Agency of Latvia is organizing a 2-day event themed Circular Economy in the New Nordics - creating international growth through cooperation taking place on 24th and 25th of November 2020 online.

During this online event participants are offered insights into the future of circularity, ecosystem building-thinking and more practical opportunities for company-pitching and B2B-meetings aiming at forming possible future co-innovation partnerships. All participating countries have different expertise in the sectors in focus, wood and textile, and as such a joint platform for planning, forming and strengthening of cooperations is offered through this event.


DAY 1: Innovation & Cooperation Day
24th of November, 2020

13:30-16:00 (UTC +2, Helsinki)

13:30 welcome

How to benefit from circular thinking?
Keynote: Ecosystem collaboration and bringing circularity into the region -
Kari Herlevi - Project Director, Circular Economy Sitra

Panel discussion: Circularity in the New Nordics
Moderator Gry K. Langbakk - Innovation adviser, Innovation Norway

  • Kerli Kvant Haas - Founder and CEO, Revualate
  • Cathrine Barth - Managing partner, Nordic Circular Hotspot
  • Dagnija Blumberga - RTU professor, Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Latvia
  • Tim Forslund- Specialist, Circular economy, Sitra


Q&A, Conclusions


15:00 Creating added value through cooperation and ecosystem building

Moderator Ilmari Absetz, Program Director of Bio and Circular Economy, Business Finland
Aiming to design away the fossil-based society through an ecosystem of regional produce and know-how - Tone Berge, Architect MNAL, Bioregion Institute,
Developing innovation Hub for High Value-Added Products from Local Biomass Resources - Roberts Rotbergs, Latvian Institute of Environmental Solutions
Collaboration and ecosystem building - Kaisa Hansen, New Entprepreneurship & Startup Center Manager, TalTech University
CLIC innovation: ecosystem building in energy, circular and bioeconomy - Jatta Jussila, CEO, CLIC Innovation

16:30 End of Day 1

DAY 2: Business Networking Day
25th of November, 2020

09:00-12:00/16:15 (UTC +2 Helsinki)

09:00-10:00 Company pitching session - Sign up to present your company's offering!

10:00-12:00 Panel discussions on value chains

10:00 Industrial wood construction value chains
Moderator Gatis Zamurs - Executive Director, Latvian Wood Construction Cluster

  • Margus Siilik - Founder, Okka OÜ
  • Mikelis Putrams - Founder, Made Arhitekti
  • Kristine Nore - CEO, OmTRE AS
  • Juha Sojakka - CEO, Siparila 

11:00 Circular textile value chains
Moderator Kerli Kvant Haas - Founder & CEO, Revaluate

  • Ragnhild Nordhagen - Designer & Product Developer, GU
  • Anita Tønnessen - Head of International Sales, GU
  • Pernille Stolze -Textile designer, Flokk
  • Gatis Ginters - Head of Business development LSEZ, Liepaja
  • Reet Aus - Founding Partner, Upmade and Aus Design
  • Ali Harlin - Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland



13:15-16:15 B2B meetings



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