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News, 9/26/2017

Seminar Strategic Growth from Circular Economy

The Embassy of Finland together with RVO and Finpro would like to invite you to a seminar and pitching session on circular economy with a Finnish twist on 12 October. The seminar will be followed by a reception and a networking event.

Time: 15.00-18.15, Thursday 12 October 2017
Venue: RVO, Prinses Beatrixlaan 2, 2595 AL Den Haag, Netherlands

Technical loops? Industrial symbiosis? Zero waste? And more importantly, how to do business with all this?

Finland served as the host for the first World Circular Economy Forum in the summer of 2017. Today, the mind-set for circularity is spreading and the Netherlands is another forerunner in the field. Meet growing circular SMEs and top-notch Finnish experts for fresh ideas. Dutch experts from the private and public sector will share their expertise on funding for growth. Serious talk will be followed by a reception at RVO's penthouse with views over The Hague.


15.00 Registration

15.30 Opening words
Ms. Katri Viinikka, Ambassador of Finland to the Netherlands

15.40 Business Development support by the Netherlands
Ms. Annette Wijering, board member International Programmes, Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Ms. Yvette Entius, Regional Business Developer to the Nordics and Baltics, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

15.45 Circular economy – a strategic choice
Ms. Tuula Varis, Director General, Environmental Protection Department, Ministry of the Environment of Finland

16.00 Pitching – 2-3 companies (Solnet, Biosafe)

16.10 If money grew on trees… And in Finland it does! AKA Circular Bioeconomy Mr. Reima Sutinen, Ministerial Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland and Ms. Pia Qvintus, Program Manager For Innovative Bioproducts, Finpro

16.25 Pitching – 2-3 companies (Lumir, Wall+, Arctic Biomaterials)

16.35 Investing in Circular Economy - why and how?
Mr. Alain Cracau, Manager Business Development, Sustainability Department, Rabobank

16.50 Dutch public finance in stages
Mr. Rene Kamphuis, Professor, RVO

17.05-17.15 Q & A to the speakers

17.15 – 18.15 Reception and networking at the RVO Penthouse (located in the same building as the venue)

Pitching companies

Arctic Biomaterials produces biodegradable plastic solutions for the medical and technical industries. The biodegradable glass fiber reinforced PLA materials enable company to fulfill customer needs in demanding applications in an environmentally friendly way.

Biosafe is a Finnish company providing cutting edge applications to research of feed additives. Biosafe’s solid experience of the EFSA authorization procedure and legal requirements guarantee quick progressing of the authorization process.

Lumir has developed a biobased solution to improve acoustics by reducing reverberation time. Sprayed Lumir acoustical coating absorbs sound, and thus does not require any underneath acoustic wool paneling. It is suitable for both new builds and restoration projects.

WALL+ is a Finnish surface material concept made of hard wood composite; they are solid and thoroughly tinted. The material in Wall+ decoration tiles is 100 % reusable, lightweight and safe.

Solnet Green Energy offers solar energy as a service. They provide utility scale Smart Solar and energy storage IoT solutions. Solnet offers high ROI for investors and help corporations meet their sustainability targets.

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