Submitted by KA4022 on 19.10.2020 - 16.21

On February 18-19, international BUSY project and a delegation of entrepreneurs from Karelia consisting of 10 people organized and conducted a business session in Joensuu with more than 20 potential partners from Finland in Spark Joensuu space.

A business session in Joensuu is the 2nd step of a business mission. The program of the business session was very rich and fruitful. Within 2 days, a series of meetings was organized with specialists and experts, as well as entrepreneurs from Russia, who successfully launched their business in Finland.

So Alexander Konovalov shared relevant information about the features of foreign economic activity, and Artyom Semenov, Advisor to the Head of the Republic of Karelia in Finland, spoke about the difficulties that entrepreneurs from Karelia face when entering the Finnish market. Of particular interest to entrepreneurs from Karelia was the issue of contract insurance, product certification and customs legislation.

Elena Kharcheva introduced the BUSY project and once again announced the next event for entrepreneurs to be held in March in Oulu - Polar Bear Pitching.

Next, speed dating took place. This technology was aimed at introducing Finnish and Russian participants to each other, as well as a short presentation of their business projects. In addition to the presentation, our participants demonstrated samples of their products, promotional materials (business cards, brochures, commercial offers).

For example, Toivo Liukkonen, the head of Printing House in Petrozavodsk, in addition to organizing a full-fledged promotional zone, handed each Finnish partner a package with printing products, as well as personal notebooks with the names of each participant in the business session.

Participants ere introduced to entrepreneur from Russia who launched a business in Finland. Andrei Lebedev, a representative of the well-known manufacturer of Sports Equipment MB Barbell, spoke about the difficulties they encountered when starting a business project and shared practical tips on doing business in Finland.

The participants of the business session were greatly interested in the speech of the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Karelia, Alexander Pankratov.

Also, all entrepreneurs got the opportunity to present their projects, show presentation videos, price lists and commercial offers.

After meeting, the participants divided into groups depending on business areas, interests and worked for several hours on creating a roadmap for joint international projects.

The business session ended with a discussion of the results of the group work and general impressions of the meeting. All participants in the event noted real practical benefit and hope for further cooperation.

Soon we will share with you short video reviews of the participants in the business session in Joensuu.

Meeting Album - https://vk.com/album-176985519_270817445

More videos from the business session in our Instagram account -https: //www.instagram.com/busy_project/

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