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26.10.2011 15:41

Nordic Entrepreneurship Conference in Helsinki on 27–28 October

It is a Nordic challenge that investments in research and competence do not produce sufficient amounts of growth enterprises capable of breaking through globally. Due to the age structure, it is crucial that young people with an entrepreneurial spirit grow into new entrepreneurs or successors for the present entrepreneurial activity.

Encouragement for growth entrepreneurship is also necessary, since growth enterprises are essential for innovation dissemination, the renewal of the economy, and employment.


Solutions and best practices for meeting these challenges of growth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education will be sought in the Nordic Entrepreneurship Conference to be held at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki on 27–28 October 2011. The conference will also launch a Nordic three-year entrepreneurship project the purpose of which is to enhance Nordic cooperation in entrepreneurship affairs.


The main speakers of the conference include Minister of Economic Affairs Jyri Häkämies; Dr Gordon Murray, Professor of Management at the University of Exeter; Karen Wilson, Consultant with OECD; Policy Officer Simone Baldassarri, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission; Anders Hoffmann, Deputy Director General of Entrepreneurship Policy at Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority; and Cecilia Hertz, CEO of Umbilical Design Ab from Sweden.


Almost 200 people are expected to attend the conference. It will bring together cooperation networks of Nordic growth entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, including entrepreneurs, researchers, trainers, developers and civil servants.


The conference is hosted by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy together with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The meeting is part of the programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011.


Additional information and conference programme are available online at


Further information:

Henrik Räihä, Director, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 50 526 2512

Marjaana Aarnikka, Commercial Counsellor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 50 338 4350

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