The number of Nordic exhibitors at Medica has been growing year by year, reaching almost 200 companies in 2017. This is the first time that the Nordics teamed up, organizing a joint networking reception that could be the start to even closer collaboration in the coming years.
A number of Nordic organizations initiated the Nordic networking event, which was organized in Düsseldorf on November 15th with the objective of networking the Nordic exhibitors in order to strengthen collaboration of exporting companies in the Nordics. During the event, many lively discussions and new contacts were created across countries. “The Nordic networking was a great opportunity for all participants to exchange experiences, lessons learnt from Medica and also, as I can verify, exchange relevant contacts with each other and discuss future collaboration projects between the participating companies. That is a real tangible value of hosting and financing these Nordic networking events and it also creates a shared feeling of synergy and team spirit that is otherwise lacking” says Nima Jokilaakso, PhD, PM Swecare Foundation. Nima gave the opening words at the networking reception, identifying himself as a strong advocate of increased Nordic collaboration.
“We met some extraordinary people at the Nordic Networking event. One very warm-hearted person even helped us to open the first contacts to his country. Those contacts were just the ones we had been looking for” says Joonas Siitonen (Valuecode) who found one of the most valuable contacts during Medica from the networking event. Valuecode Oy is a Finnish company that develops software robotics that automate healthcare processes. Valuecode and other participating companies clearly face similar challenges in their internationalization efforts and are able to learn from each other. “Finding the right contacts is a key success factor when taking the first steps on a new market. Companies already operating on the market can provide valuable insights for newcomers. Knowledge-sharing is something we should promote even more among the Nordic exporting companies in order to gain a stronger foothold on the global market”, states Eero Toivainen, Program Director at Finpro.
“The Nordic networking event during Medica was both a great platform for companies to meet and exchange knowledge, as well an excellent way to strengthen the Nordic collaboration even more. We face the same future challenges when it comes to our healthcare systems, therefore we need innovative solutions to meet those challenges. It is often at networking events like this one that innovative ideas are created and collaboration opportunities arise”, says Hans Erik Henriksen, CEO, Healthcare DENMARK
The Nordic networking event was financed by Nordic Innovation (www.nordicinnovation.org), an organization devoted to making the Nordic region a leader for sustainable growth; increasing entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in the region.
Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes travel to Finland. Finpro is a public organization consisting of Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Our almost 300 professionals work in 36 Trade Centers in 31 countries and 6 offices in Finland.
Mr. Eero Toivainen, Program Director
email@example.com - www.finpro.fi - www.finlandhealth.fi - mobile. +358 40 3433379
Danish Health Tech Group is part of Danish Export Association and is a network of Danish suppliers of manufacturing technology and solutions for the medical device, pharmaceutical and hospital sectors.
Mr. Thomas Andersen, Head of Danish Health Tech Group
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.dk-healthtech.com - mobile: +45 2447 8502
Healthcare DENMARK is a public-private partnership with a mandate to promote Danish healthcare competencies internationally. The goal is not to sell or promote specific products or solutions, but to convey and communicate strongholds and efficiency of Danish healthcare solutions and innovations that have contributed to and continuously future-proof Danish healthcare.
Ms. Tanja Staniok, Senior Consultant
email@example.com - www.healthcaredenmark.dk - mobile: +45 3158 5535
Norway Health Tech is a non-profit member organization with around 220 members, representing the full value chain in health care. Our main objective is to improve the quality of treatment and care by industrializing healthcare solutions in the global ecosystem. We aim to create sustainable solutions for the major global health challenges, by strengthening competitiveness and facilitating strong growth in the Norwegian healthcare industry and expanding international cooperation.
Ms. Anita Moe Larsen, Head of Communication
firstname.lastname@example.org - www.norwayhealthtech.com - phone: +47 416 06800
Swecare is a unique platform where academia, public and private sector join forces toward enhanced export and internationalization of Swedish health care and life science. Swecare acts as a door opener for companies and organizations looking to access ministerial speaking partners, business contacts or collaborators.
Mr. Nima Jokilaakso PhD, Project Manager
email@example.com - www.swecare.se - mobile: +46 70 300 46 80
Business Sweden’s purpose is to help companies in Sweden to grow their international revenue and international companies to invest and expand in Sweden. We offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support. Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, and has Swedish and foreign consultants in 50 of the world’s most promising markets.
Ms. Mona Hedenskog, Pavilion Manager
Mona.firstname.lastname@example.org - www.business-sweden.se - http://lifescience.business-sweden.com
The organizing team including Mona Hedenskog (Business Sweden), Päivi Antila (Finpro), Thomas Andersen (Danish Health Tech Group) and Tanja Staniok (Healthcare Denmark)