Slush 2021 Founder stage. (C) Petri Anttila

Slush 2021 was held as a hybrid event in Messukeskus on the 1st and 2nd of December after a gap year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The constricted event attracted roughly 8000 attendees consisting of startups, investors, media, and attendees from all over the world.

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Photo: Miikka Pirinen

Startup Refugees launches the first and only fund in Finland that supports refugee, asylum seeker, and immigrant founders and their early-stage companies. The Fund challenges the myth of the “three white guys building a startup in a garage” and diversifies the Finnish startup ecosystem.

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Norilsk - Photo: Nornickel

Russia’s Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, hosted its annual Capital Markets Day on Monday.

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The Finnish gaming company Supercell head office in Helsinki.

Finnish companies received €929 million in private equity investments in the first half of the year, an all-time high in a six month period. The record €1.5 billion that was invested in Finnish companies in 2020 is expected to be exceeded in 2021.

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Cryptocurrencies can’t be considered a new invention anymore. The very first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was introduced already in 2009. It did still take a couple of years to rise up to the level of fame it now has. After Bitcoin, the market has been flooded with countless other cryptocurrencies and tokens.

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The SG 6-6-170 prototype is now installed in Osterild, Denmark

Siemens Gamesa has struck a 455MW deal with Swedish developer OX2 to supply its leading Siemens Gamesa 5.X platform to the Lestijärvi site for what will be Finland's largest ever wind farm helping the country to take a giant leap in its energy transition.

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Bayer plant in Turku

Bayer of Germany is the first non-Finnish company to receive the Internationalization Award of the President of the Republic of Finland in a new category, Long-Term International Investor. Bayer employs more than 1,000 people in Finland, having expanded its operations several times. It is frequently among the top payers of Finnish corporate tax and was the top payer in 2020.

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Green financial investments have far less impact than desired on corporate and government investments. This is the conclusion of a joint analysis by the Dresden branch of ifo Institute for Economic Research, the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE and ESMT Berlin.

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Photographer: Picture: Finavia / Pasi Salminen

Airline seat capacity and flight reservation data can be analyzed to assess the outlook for international travel to Finland this coming winter. Airline seat capacity is expected to drop by a third from the winter before the pandemic. However, flight reservations from Spain already exceed previous figures, while those from France and the USA are nearing pre-pandemic levels.

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Finnish start-up, meal delivery service Wolt has been sold to US company Doordash for 7 billion Euros. In picture Wolt deliverers in Helsinki center, March 3rd,2021.

Finnish startups raised a record-breaking amount of venture capital investments from domestic and foreign investors in the first half of 2021 – the total amount of last year's investments has already been exceeded in the early part of the year alone. The good fundraising years of Finnish venture capital funds indicates that further growth in investment activity is on the horizon.

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