Talent Tampere organised a visit to Subcontracting Fair on 28.9.2016. The talent group had a guided tour to visit interesting stands together and to get to know and network with companies.
After arrival to Fair, the talent group first visited Tredea´s stand where Marjukka Hourunranta welcomed the group. For many of the talents it was first time to visit Subcontracting Fair. Therefore, Subcontracting Catalogue 2016 gave a lot useful information on exhibitors and seminars which this year focused in digitalization and leadership themes. Many were surprised that that Fair was so big and crowed. In fact, Subcontracting Fair 2016 made a new record with 18 422 visitors during three day event in five halls with 1000 exhibitors on 27-29.9.2016.
The talent group continued visit to joint stand of Tekes, ELY Centre and Finnish Patent and Registration Office. The group learnt about funding possibilities for companies and internalisation. TEKES presented their latest new funding tool “innovation voucher”, launched on Monday 3.10.2016. The idea is that SME companies can buy with worth of 5000€ services from registered services provider which could facilitate their SME company to grow for example develop new innovations, prototypes and some extend in internationalization. So far, TEKES has a list of more than 350 service providers. Tredea will also start to provide innovation vouchers in November 2016. Furthermore, ELY-center explained latest conditions for companies to use funding for internalization and Patent and Registration Office underlined importance of registration of patents when exporting products.
The talent group moved ahead to visit the company stand of M-Files. The software company is a success story with strong growth and internationalisation. Today M-Files has 350 employees, turn over c. 30 M€ and customers in 100 countries. M-Files gave an interesting presentation on their product and international co-operation. M-Files is constantly looking for new talents and international markets. At the moment M-Files has open many jobs which some of talents decided to apply after making some clarifying questions.
The talent group continued to visit Finnish clean tech company Finnsonic which is specialised in ultrason cleaning in industry. In the MENA region, from where many talents in the group originated from, the cleantech industry has been identified as one of the potential business sectors for Finnish companies. Furthermore, in the group some talents had a cleantech background and they were interested to explore co-operation possibilities with Finnsonic.
Lunch was most welcomed break to exchange opinions and experiences on Fair. The talents appreciated the possibility to start with guided group visit and then continue company networking afterwards individually. Later I received feedback, that one of the participants had next day visited the fair again and contacted 20 companies for potential co-operation. Great! This was exactly the purpose of talents' visit to the Subcontracting Fair.