FinNode China Newsletter 5/2011 December, 2011
FinNode China Newsletter #5/2011
This Autumn has passed by very quickly and we’re already getting very close to Christmas and New Year time. Please find here the fifth Newsletter of the year for FinNode China. If you have any further questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with Jaani or Jessie.
1. FinNode Innovation Watch & The Winning Team
We had finally a very active Innovation Watch process this Autumn and collected over 50 signals into Trendwiki. We also had three very interesting and active Sense Making Sessions in which we finally identified seven Priority Signals. A big thanks to all of You for contributing with the FinNode signals and for giving your valuable insights to the Sense Making Sessions.
It’s also our pleasure to announce that Tekes Beijing team are the winners of this Autumn’s Signals Collection Competition and they will receive their bubbly prize next time when I visit Beijing. Congratulations to Grace, Candice and Kari :-)
The next FinNode China Signals Collection competition has already started so please make sure that you use Trendwiki on a regular basis to input your FinNode signals and to make sure that your team has a good chance to win the next competition which ends with our next Sense Making Sessions in early Spring of 2012.
2. New FinNode Project Proposals
Based on our Sense Making and Priority Signals the following Project Proposals have been suggested to next week’s Project Decision Meeting in Finland:
1. IPR and Trademark Strategies for China
2. Venture Capital Markets in Greater China
3. Corporate Social Responsibility as a Business Strategy in China
4. Profiling the Chinese Middle Class and Its Meaning for Finland
5. Threats and Opportunities for Finnish Companies and Organizations in Chinese Social Media
There is also a FinNode Global Project Proposal:
1. Future of Smart Water Use
3. FinNode Projects 2011 Update
Here’s a reminder of our projects and project managers. Please contact Jaani and project managers if you have any further comments or interest to participate in them:
1. China’s Development Path from Electric Vehicles to Electric Networked Vehicles using Internet of Things Technologies, Eric Cheng/Finpro Hong Kong
2. Factory automation and high-end equipment manufacturing, Jari Makkonen/Finpro Shanghai
3. West and Central China, Eija Tynkkynen/Finpro Beijing
4. Disaster Monitoring Services and Technologies, Jari Makkonen/Finpro Shanghai
5. Entertaining China, Eric Cheng/Finpro Hong Kong
1. 21st Century Urban Design (Global project), Jari Seilonen/Finpro Guangzhou
2. Future of Learning (Global project), Helen Cheng/Finpro Shanghai
All 2010 and 2011 FinNode project summaries can be found at http://www.finnode.fi/en/china/projects
4. FinNode Future Sessions
The old Signal Session name was changed into FinNode Future Sessions to avoid confusion with other similar names being used in Finland. We have now had 2 successful Future Sessions from China. The “Future Nanotech Opportunities in China” and “Entertaining China” Future Sessions were very successful and collected around 100 participants. Summary of the sessions can be found at
Our next FinNode China Future Sessions are planned for March 2012 for the West and Central China project and an Update of the 12th 5-year plan.
You are always welcome to join the Future Sessions and will find more detailed info at http://signaalit.finnode.fi/events/show/584/3145/Entertaining_China_%2528Webcasting%2529
5. Shared Information Platforms
In cooperation with FinNode India we are also now testing how we could use GoogleDocs for sharing public information inside our FinNode China network. The target is that we could have a location from where we could find a shared activity calendar, our general presentations and various reports that might be useful. This could reduce the amount of emails and attachments that we need to send each other right now.
6. Information from FinNode China network
As you may know, FinNode China initiated Coordination Meeting for Finnish Cleantech Activities in China and built up Team CleanTech Finland in the early November. With the great support from Embassy and Consulate General of Finland in Shanghai, two successful videoconferences between teams in Beijing and Shanghai have been held. We had good discussion during the meeting and Team CleanTech Finland cooperation model is being planned.
Here below you may find two interesting activities launched by Cleachtech Finland
A. JOIN FOR A BEST CONTRIBUTION PRIZE
Ideas for Cleantech Finland’s Chinese Slogan
Cleantech Finland is collecting smart ideas internally for an equivalent Chinese version of the new brand promise—Problem Solving Is In Our Nature.
It must be able to persist the meaning as well as tone and manner of the statement.
Are you eager to test your creativity and language skills in Chinese please submit your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15, 2011.
A winner who has proposal selected will receive a best contribution prize of one Marja Kurki Scarf or Tie. Prize will be also given to two lucky persons who contributed ideas.
Some Background Information
For decades Finnish cleantech companies have solved environmental challenges making the country a global leader in energy efficiency, clean industrial processes and bio energy. Other areas of expertise are measuring, analysis and automation, renewable energy, waste management as well as water and waste water treatment and air protection. The national objective is to develop the cleantech sector into a new cornerstone industry and make Finland the leading country in the environmental business.
Financed by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and companies, and managed by Finpro, Cleantech Finland® roots in a Finnish national programme for environmental business development and launched in February 2007. As an umbrella brand, it unites the leading cleantech expertises in Finland who provide the best technologies and efficient business practices. Cleantech Finland® enables gathering commitment and joint efforts among the Finnish cleantech ecosystem, building a strong brand identity for Finnish cleantech sector with a unified message and communication approach, and having cleantech companies’ specific products and offerings marketed as a matrix of solutions.
China is Finland’s 4th largest trade partner. The priorities of the Chinese government as outlined in the 12th five-year plan supporting the growth of clean technology shows greate opportunities for Finnish cleantech business. However the cleantech market in China is fragmented and featured in intense competitions. Finnish cleantech sector needs to have a strong voice that to be able to express and differentiate what is the Finnish way of doing cleantech that superior compared to other countries.
Cleantech Finland®, problem solving is in our nature.
B. SOLVED! expert service
Problem solving is in our nature is Cleantech Finland’s brand promise. In order to keep this promise, we are creating SOLVED! expert service which will be launched around new year.
SOLVED! provides an easy and fun way to promote Finnish cleantech company’s know-how as the service uniquely brings together the companies, clients, media as well as problems and their solutions in the cleantech field. True to its name, experts play a key role in SOLVED! The top experts from Cleantech Finland’s member companies will take part in the global discussion and solve the world’s cleantech problems in the service.
Are you interested to know more about this new tool or join in the service please contact email@example.com. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about SOLVED!