Thursday, 15 October 2009

Nordic and Baltic Business Week challenged 30 international students to innovate!

Thirty students from Denmark, Norway, Lithuania and Finland participated in the Nordplus Intensive Course Business in the Nordic and Baltic Countries, which took place in Tampere on 19. - 25.9.2009.

The objective of the intensive course was to learn about business, innovation and Nordic and Baltic cooperation by working together. Students formed teams of 6-8 people, and found solutions to a real customer case during a 48-hour innovation task.

The intensive course was organized by Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network coordinated by PIRAMK. The Network members are currently TAMK and PIRAMK from Finland, University of Tromsø from Norway, University of Southern Denmark from Denmark, and Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania. This was the third time that the Nordic Business Week took place at TAMK Proacademy, a special unit in entrepreneurship at TAMK.

Earlier the customer had been Nokia Innovation Center and the teams worked on business concepts and new products using future technologies. Nokia recently published a concept video which has some of the earlier teams' ideas.

This year the theme of the week was social entrepreneurship and the customer was the non-profit innovation agency Hermia Ltd. The teams' task was to develop a business concept of the social enterprise Hub Tampere in the context of Finlayson's innovation environment. The teams worked on the task at the wonderful Kauppila farm in the city of Ikaalinen.

Watch the documentary video about the innovation task on Vimeo:

Photos from the week are available on Flickr:

The Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network network has an open Ning community at:

The Hub is an initiative to build a network of places around the world where entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers can meet and work together to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges. A place is needed to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a radically better world.

1 comment:

Jukka said...

The Ning group now has all the final innovation assignment reports and presentations on Hub Tampere. Check them out: