Business Kuopio


Agri-Food Cluster Goes International


Time: Wednesday, 22 March 2023 at 09:00-15:00 EET
Venue: Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Iisalmi campus, A1036 Auditorium (Haukisaarentie 2, IISALMI)

The event is free of charge. Please register here (registeration open until 16.03.2023 at 16:00, Limited places available)

The event is in English.

The Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo project and the Agri-Food Cluster North Savo welcome you to the “Agri-food Cluster Goes International” event with a special delegation from the Food & Bio Cluster Denmark. In addition to the keynote speakers from Denmark, Britt Sandvad and Anders Skeem, the event will bring together experts from regional organizations to discuss cluster development, potential collaboration between Finland and Denmark, internationalization and company growth, and various services for Finnish companies. The goal of the event is to help companies in the agri-food sector discover opportunities for international collaboration and internationalize the Pohjois-Savo (North Savo) agri-food ecosystem to the Danish market.

What business opportunities has your team identified as the most potential for the Danish market? Since food safety has become a top global concern, Denmark’s highly regarded reputation for world-class food safety standards is an excellent foundation for export growth. The country’s multi-layered system for the farm-to-fork regulation of food safety and quality is a particular strength, making it a differentiator that adds weight to export endeavours. Furthermore, Denmark has a highly developed food and agriculture ecosystem plus logistical strengths that reach all around the world!

Join us in Iisalmi for this unique chance to explore the business opportunities in Denmark and network with the advanced Food & Bio Cluster Denmark.

Event Agenda

  • 09:00 Welcome coffee and registration
  • 09:30 Opening of the event
  • 09:45 Our Success Story, Britt Sandvad, Senior Innovation Manager, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
  • 10:15 Workshop: “How to Build a Cluster,” Britt Sandvad, Senior Innovation Manager, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
  • 11:55 Iisalmi – The Main Hub for Agri-Food Business Growth, City of Iisalmi
  • 12:00 Lunch, offered to the pre-registered participants
  • 13:00 Opportunities for Pohjois-Savo Business in Denmark, Anders Skeem, International Manager, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
  • 13:30 From Pohjois-Savo to the World Virtually, Laura Nykänen, Business Consultant, Talentree Oy
  • 13:50 Internationalization Support for Finnish Companies, Kari Venäläinen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland
  • 14:00 Growth and Internationalization in Pohjois-Savo with Team Finland, Sanna Laitinen, Project Manager, ELY Centre
  • 14:10 Fueling Goodness: Creating an Innovative Food Brand, Niina Vänttinen, CMO, and Toomas Tuovinen KAM, Ketoinen Oy
  • 14:20 Event wrap-up and networking (tasty refreshments offered by Ketoinen Oy)
  • 15:00 Event ends

The event will be moderated by Bailey Lähdesmäki, RDI Expert, Savonia UAS. The event is in English.

More information:

  • Stepan Tirkkonen, Project manager, Business Kuopio, Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo,, 044 718 2038
  • Parastoo Jalili, Content producer, Business Kuopio, Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo,, 044 718 2034

*The event is organised by Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo project in cooperation with Agri-Food Cluster North Savo. The Invest and Expand in Pohjois-Savo project is funded by the ERDF, the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo and the municipalities of Kuopio, Varkaus, Ylä-Savo, Leppävirta, Siilinjärvi and Joroinen. 

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