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  • Circular Economy in the New Nordics - creating international growth through cooperation

     Bioregion Institute
    Bioregion Institute

    Bringing together the most forward-looking solutions from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway.

    Business Finland in collaboration with Enterprise Estonia, Innovation Norway, and Investment and Development Agency of Latvia is organizing a 2-day event themed Circular Economy in the New Nordics - creating international growth through cooperation taking place on 24th and 25th of November 2020 online.

    During this online event participants are offered insights into the future of circularity, ecosystem building-thinking and more practical opportunities for company-pitching and B2B-meetings aiming at forming possible future co-innovation partnerships. All participating countries have different expertise in the sectors in focus, wood and textile, and as such a joint platform for planning, forming and strengthening of cooperations is offered through this event.


    We have planned exciting program with excellent speakers taking place throughout two days. However, you are free to choose to participate in the most suitable ones.

    DAY 1: Innovation & Cooperation Day

    24th of November, 2020

    13:30-16:00 (UTC +2, Helsinki)

    13:30 welcome
    How to benefit from circular thinking
    Keynote: Ecosystem collaboration and bringing circularity into the region -
    Kari Herlevi - Project Director, Circular Economy Sitra

    Panel discussion: Circularity in the New Nordics
    Moderator Gry K. Langbakk - Innovation adviser, Innovation Norway
    Kerli Kvant Haas - Founder and CEO, Revualate
    Cathrine Barth – Managing partner, Nordic Circular Hotspot
    Dagnija Blumberga - RTU professor, Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Latvia
    Tim Forslund- Specialist, Circular economy,Sitra

    Q&A, Conclusions


    15:00 Creating added value through cooperation and ecosystem building

    Moderator Ilmari Absetz, Program Director of Bio and Circular Economy, Business Finland
    Aiming to design away the fossil-based society through an ecosystem of regional produce and know-how – Tone Berge, Architect MNAL, Bioregion Institute,
    Developing innovation Hub for High Value-Added Products from Local Biomass Resources - Roberts Rotbergs, Latvian Institute of Environmental Solutions
    Collaboration and ecosystem building – Kaisa Hansen, New Entprepreneurship & Startup Center Manager, TalTech University
    CLIC innovation: ecosystem building in energy, circular and bioeconomy – Jatta Jussila, CEO, CLIC Innovation

    16:30 End of Day 1

    DAY 2: Business Networking Day

    25th of November, 2020

    09:00-12:00/16:15 (UTC +2 Helsinki)

    09:00-10:00 Company pitching session

    Sign up to present your company’s offering!

    10:00-12:00 Panel discussions on value chains

    10:00 Industrial wood construction value chains
    Moderator Gatis Zamurs – Executive Director, Latvian Wood Construction Cluster
    Margus Siilik – Founder, Okka OÜ
    Mikelis Putrams – Founder, Made Arhitekti
    Kristine Nore - CEO, OmTRE AS 
    Juha Sojakka - CEO, Siparila

    11:00 Circular textile value chains
    Moderator Kerli Kvant Haas - Founder & CEO, Revaluate
    Ragnhild Nordhagen – Designer & Product Developer, GU
    Frode Svarstad – Quality Director, GU
    Pernille Stolze –Textile designer, Flokk
    Gatis Ginters - Head of Business development LSEZ, Liepaja
    Reet Aus - Founding Partner, Upmade and Aus Design
    Ali Harlin - Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland


    13:15-16:15 B2B meetings

    End of the event



    Kontakt: Anna Salmensaari