Of innovations, that is. Even if you’re not interested in horticulture in the traditional sense. Although, we do have several interesting startups here in Espoo Innovation Garden working on growing things that live also in the traditional kinds of gardens: check out http://www.entocube.com/
For a very long time we imagined that China and Europe were very different from one another. The effect of China’s catch-up has been startling and even though we may still often differ on cultural, political or socio-economic grounds our cities and regions face the same challenges of urbanisation and sustainable growth.
For Peter Vesterbacka, well-versed in the immense opportunities offered by the Chinese export market, Chinese language proficiency represents an important building block for Finland’s future economic prosperity. As he has it, a workforce proficient in the language would attract Chinese and other international companies to base themselves in Finland, and also smooth the way for Finnish companies keen to access the huge market in China, which continues to see growth despite a recent slow down.
A vision of growth requires the right attitude, and any company can be a growth company. Examples include the guys at lääkärihinta.fi that were part of Summer of Startups, as well as the brave migrant restauranteur who has just expanded my favourite lunch restaurant Zava. It’s all about choosing between the willingness to create new things and simply trying to survive and defend the current position.