Finland - IQS
FINLAND

In less than 10 year, Finland has been going through a major transformation; from being the house of global telco leaders like Nokia to become a true global entrepreneurial hub. This was intentional: a group of young students, entrepreneurs, investors, and government officials dreamt what the future could look like, and made it happen. This 2020, at IQS Tech Fest we want to hear from them how they did it, and what might come.

WELCOME FINNISH ENTREPRENEURS & INNOVATORS

FASTEST GROWING
STARTUP REGION
IN EUROPE

The Nordic region is the fastest growing startup region in Europe and one of the fastest in the world. In the past five years a vibrant startup scene has emerged in Finland and there has been an upward trend in entrepreneurial activity. This has also raised interest in international private equity investors and global corporations looking for new business opportunities and talented teams to partner with.

RICH
ECOSYSTEM

Finland offers startups an open and easy business environment with networked and creative entrepreneurs supportive of each other. Key players in this ecosystem include the already world-class event Slush (+20.000 attendees), universities Like Aalto and Helsinki University, startups hubs like Maria01 (largest in Europe), as well as a matured class of scaleups (Rovio, Supercell, Blueprint Genetics, or Indoor Atlas)

HIGH IN THE
RANKINGS

Finland has a long tradition to rank high in all sorts of global rankings:

  • Business Environment (Global Innovation Index)
  • 3rd Most innovative Country (Bloomberg Innovation Index)
  • 1st Primary education (World Economic Forum)
  • 1St University-Industry Research Collaboration (Global innovation Index)

And on top of that, UN has ranked Finland as World’s Happiest Country in the world! What else can you ask for?