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HOUGHTON — FinnZone is pleased to announce that two separate delegations from Finland will be arriving in Keweenaw during the week of May 16 to assess opportunities for expansion and collaboration.

FinnZone will host a delegation of five companies from central and northern Finland, sponsored by JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the European Commission. The companies represent sectors such as mobility, energy and advanced wood products. Finnish partners Marko Luoma from XPort and Markku Paananen from JAMK lead the group from Finland. The companies plan to evaluate whether to establish a presence in the Houghton-Hancock area of ​​UP Michigan and will explore partnerships with local businesses.

Additionally, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will host a delegation visit by US Ambassador to Finland Mikko Hautala and Business Finland to Houghton-Hancock on May 17, and to southeast Michigan on May 18-19. May, to explore areas of cooperation in research and commercialization. around sectors that include the forest bioeconomy, maritime, mobility and clean technologies. The Finnish delegation is building on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2020 by Michigan Governor Whitmer and Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Mika Lintilä to increase collaboration and innovation between Michigan and Finland. UP’s agenda will include visits and meetings with Michigan Technological University, Finlandia University, FinnZone and Finland’s Honorary Consul Upper Michigan.

“FinnZone’s marketing services combined with a welcoming and supportive community, local technology companies, outdoor and climate activities, our Finnish heritage, universities and renowned talent prove that Keweenaw is an attractive entry point. in the North American market for some companies located in Finland.”said Patrick Visser, co-director of FinnZone. “There will be four groups of Finnish companies and delegates to visit starting this year, which we hope is a sign of growing recognition in Finland of our unique value propositions.”

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