Investor & Business Forum Tampere

Friday 12 October, 2018
Venue: Tampere Hall (Small Auditorium)
Address: Yliopistonkatu 55, 33100 Tampere, Finland

As part of the international Tampere Smart City Week, we have the pleasure to introduce to you the first ever Investor & Business Forum Tampere. We are bringing together some of the most influential personas in the fields of business and politics to discuss the image and appeal of Finland to investors. CEOs and leaders of multinational companies, high-profile politicians, and local SME representatives will come together at the event.

  • What is it that makes a city an attractive place for business and investment?
  • Do smart developments and technologies contribute to the allure a city has on investors?
  • Do we accommodate equally for both, foreign and domestic companies?
  • What more could we do to pull in additional investment, or to support the operations of existing businesses?

The objective of this forum is to reveal fresh points of view on the subject matter in order to learn from each other, and to enable the creation of a more responsive urban environment in which to build further successful businesses.

The event is organised by the City of Tampere, Business Tampere and Tampere Chamber of Commerce. In cooperation with Amcham Finland  and COSS ry. Hosted by Trent Pancy.


9:00 Check-In & Breakfast
9:55 Elias Robot
10:00 Event opening: Jyri Häkämies, Director General, Confederation of Finnish Industries & Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, Chair of the Tampere City Council
10:20 "Investing and Innovating in Finland - Bayer Perspective", Miriam Holstein, CEO, Bayer Nordic
10:50 "How to Change an Industry – Case Autonomous Shipping", Sauli Eloranta, Head of Innovation & Technology, Rolls-Royce Marine
11:20 Break - Complimentary coffee & light refreshments provided
11:50 Panel Discussion: “What makes a city a fruitful place for business and investment?”
With Alexandra Pasternak-Jackson (CEO, Amcham), Juha Latvala (CEO, Intopalo), Patrick Murphy (President, Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik), and Mari Walls (Tampere University, President from 1.1.2019)
12:35 "Location Analysis Through a Hotel Developer’s Lense", Tuomas Laakso, Vice-President, Marriott International
13:05 "Tampere Deck & Arena", Tero Blomqvist, Program Director, City of Tampere
13:25 Closing Words: Antti Eskelinen, Managing Director, Tampere Chamber of Commerce & Industry
13:30 Lunch & Networking - Complimentary lunch served after the official programme
14:30 Event Ends

*Rights for changes reserved by the organisers.

Registration open till Thursday 11 Oct, 10 am (UTC+2)

General Registration
The event is primarily by invitation, but a number of seats have also been reserved for the public. You can now register to the event at  Note that the seats are filled on a first come, first served basis. Light refreshments and lunch provided by the organisers. Free of charge.

Press & Media
Members of the press & media can register to the event at

Arrival & Parking
You can find out about a variety of arrival and event parking options on Tampere Hall's website:




Investor & Business Forum Tampere Organisers