Note that we will have Finnpartnership and other financing representatives available in all 3 workshop tracks to discuss project financing availability.
Day 2 will focus on social enterprises, pitching, impact investing & other financing activities. It will also feature a Startup Pitching Contest in partnership with EBAN Impact and an Impact Metrics Modelling workshop lead by the Finnish Innovation Fund -Sitra.
You can also find the tentative agenda for the whole conference after the workshop info.
– Case Studies from Europe, Asia
– Short method training for the development of approaches for companies that will leverage frugal innovation to create ecosystem for affordable EVs and advanced mobility
Breakthrough innovations do not necessarily require complexly engineered solutions. In the field of Electric Vehicles, companies such as Tata, Mahindra, BYD and BAIC, etc. in India and China are making significant advances to satisfy consumer demand in their local markets.
The success recipe? Government subsidies just make a small part to lowering the cost of the product. These companies are creating robust, simple solutions that meet the low budget of the target customers as well as the traditional quality assurances of the corporations. Want to know how this can be successfully accomplished? Learn from the keynotes and workshop methodology in this interactive workshop.
Emerging markets such as China, India, and South America represent the sales markets of the future for many Nordic and European companies . One thing to understand is the local players that have started building skillsets in affordable products and services are increasingly positioning themselves towards global competition. They also are competing with companies in Europe that have made a name for themselves as global brands in terms of innovation, quality and value.
The businesses from Nordics and Europe need to understand and learn how to compete and bring their own good quality, accessible and affordable solutions to those markets.
In this session there will be emphasis on interaction between participants and how to gain support in practical terms in implementing this in the company’s own process. Also importance will be given to include some main topics covering potential network infrastructure, frugal material solutions (plenty of flax/hemp or other reinforced bio-composites – but this needs to come out of the relevant emerging groups).
Both in emerging markets and developed countries, healthcare is facing enormous challenges and opportunities created by a number of factors, including
– The increasing need for improved access to affordable, high-quality care especially in low-resource settings;
– Increasing awareness from consumers to be in control of their health and related data and health outcomes;
– From traditional focus on “sick care” to one that is increasingly moving towards prevention care
– Caring for rapidly aging societies
– Increasing amount of chronic conditions in all age groups
As we can all see in the real world, the delivery of health information and services is no longer tied to traditional hospitals and clinics and has increasingly become “mobile,” enabled by apps, sensors, wearables, and other mobile devices, as well as by the data that these technologies generate.
Multinational medtech manufacturers like GE, Philips, Siemens etc have been pioneering by diversifying their portfolio for different geographies and market segments. On the other hand a lot of SMEs have small niche solutions that are put forward as particular products.
Some ways in thinking about these affordable medtech solutions can be:
– Does the technology improve health outcome in low-resource settings?
– Is the new technology better suited to address a health problem better than existing solutions
– Does this technology provide an appropriate solution to a health problem not yet addressed by any other technology.
– Reaching out to “the right people”. – E.g. innovators in low-resource settings? – E.g. small companies with successful solutions?
– Can using open hardware and open source software solutions be a way to scale up easily while also making quality solutions accessible and affordable?
We shall explore these and related issues in our hands-on workshop.
– An interactive, hands-on workshop aimed at creating and delivering transformational programmes within the Enterprise and for its clients. This is especially crucial as Enterprise Innovation, led by new Technology, is increasingly at the forefront of digital touchpoints for the modern consumer in today’s Smart Cities.
– Practical tips around developing disruptive digital enablement and business models for enterprises to help create accessible and affordable solutions for inclusive, sustainable smart cities and villages
– Sharing of success stories from Europe, Asia and Africa
The world population is increasingly moving to urban centres, with statistics showing that approx 53% of the population is in urban areas while approx 47% is living in rural areas. Digitisation is leading the way as consumer habits evolve through enhanced access to affordable new technologies.
Against this backdrop, there is rising pressure and a constant battle to create sustainable economic development while leveraging digital technologies to deliver a better quality of life. This is an enormous challenge and enterprises, startups and governments will have to play their role of providing quality, new tech-low cost solutions, while public, private financing bodies along with alternative asset management companies come in to bridge the financing gap.
Smart Cities and villages are envisioned in a way to promote cities develop and provide core infrastructure and give a good quality of life to its citizens via application of ‘Smart’ solutions along with providing clean and sustainable environment. Traditional and new networks and services are enhanced by means of digital, telecommunication technologies, innovations and the better use of knowledge, for the benefit of inhabitants and enterprises.
Frugal Technology Innovation supports better quality of life, higher standard of living, public services for citizens, better use of resources, less impact on the environment, and new opportunities for rural value chains in terms of products and improved processes. It creates new types of jobs and professions related to the knowledge economy and the development and implementation of new approaches and technological solutions.
We believe that the concept of Smart Cities and Villages should not propose a one-size-fits-all solution. These are geography sensitive and should be based on the needs and potentials of the respective region and supported with new or existing strategies on one hand and technology enablements on the other.