12.04.2016

The TALSINKI project connects Estonian and Finnish companies

The Talsinki project, offering entrepreneurs an international incubation service and developing cooperation between Estonian-Finnish entrepreneurs was officially kicked off with the official cooperation event. The project is now open to all entrepreneurs who wish to develop an international team, to receive advice from international mentors or to enter foreign markets.

In the course of the Talsinki project, all entrepreneurs have the opportunity to take part in a unique incubation program, under which cooperation between entrepreneurs of the two countries will be increased, as well as companies will be made more attractive for the involvement of investments. The Talsinki project is primarily focused on the development of cooperation in information technology, green technology, health technology and creative businesses.

Triin Mahlakõiv, the Estonian project manager of the TALSINKI project, explains the opportunities offered by the project are very useful for entrepreneurs of both countries: “By combining the experience and knowledge of the two countries, we are able to compete at a higher level and increase the export capacity of enterprises.” According to Mahlakõiv, it is possible to include a total of 240 companies in the project and to support a total of 150 startup companies. 50 companies will also be directed to the business angel network. The Estonian Business Angels Network (EstBAN) is an official partner of the Talsinki project, which in the framework of the project performs close cooperation also with the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN).

The central objective of the Talsinki project is the creation of 30 Estonian-Finnish knowledge-based joint ventures. The project participants have the opportunity to participate in various workshops, training, introduction events and major conferences in the field. Experienced experts of Finnish incubators support the development in the capacity of mentors.

The opening event of the project was held in Helsinki on March 31, in cooperation with New Co., Helsinki. Within the event, both Finnish and Estonian entrepreneurs had the opportunity to present their ideas and business needs. Estonian companies stood out with their professionalism, which is why they attracted a lot of attention at the event. Due to this, a number of contacts were created that will hopefully continue to develop into real cooperation. According to the Finnish project manager Jari Handelberg, it was extremely nice to see how open the locals were towards Estonian companies and expressed hope that soon we will see a number of successful cooperation projects.

The next Talsinki project event will take place in Helsinki on 26 April and is aimed at finding investors and attract investment.

The project activities are being coordinated by four internationally renowned incubators: From the Estonian side Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, Tallinn Business Incubators and from the Finnish side the Spinno Enterprise Center, the Aalto University Startup Center, and the Aalto Small Business Center.



The central objective of the Talsinki project is the creation of 30 Estonian-Finnish knowledge-based joint ventures. The project participants have the opportunity to participate in various workshops, training, introduction events and major conferences in the field. Experienced experts of Finnish incubators support the development in the capacity of mentors.

The opening event of the project was held in Helsinki on March 31, in cooperation with New Co., Helsinki. Within the event, both Finnish and Estonian entrepreneurs had the opportunity to present their ideas and business needs. Estonian companies stood out with their professionalism, which is why they attracted a lot of attention at the event. Due to this, a number of contacts were created that will hopefully continue to develop into real cooperation. According to the Finnish project manager Jari Handelberg, it was extremely nice to see how open the locals were towards Estonian companies and expressed hope that soon we will see a number of successful cooperation projects.

The next Talsinki project event will take place in Helsinki on 26 April and is aimed at finding investors and attract investment.

The project activities are being coordinated by four internationally renowned incubators: From the Estonian side Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, Tallinn Business Incubators and from the Finnish side the Spinno Enterprise Center, the Aalto University Startup Center, and the Aalto Small Business Center.

More information about the events and possible actions of the Talsinki projectcan be found at www.cbtalsinki.eu or by contacting triin.mahlakoiv@tehnopol.ee or magnus@inkubaator.ee