August 13, 2019
The daily brief: 13 August 2019
A Finnish pulled oats meat substitute is landing on Taco Bell plates in Spain.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gold&Green Foods, Bio-Raiser, Proventia, sustainable Helsinki and Finnish education export make headlines.
Gold&Green Foods has introduced its pulled oats meat substitute in Spain with Taco Bell, Bio-Raiser is involved in cleaning up Ethiopia’s Lake Tana, Proventia has supplied an electric vehicle testing centre in the UK, a new Finnish international school has opened in Vietnam, and the UN is bringing its office for social impact investing to Helsinki.
The United Nations (UN) is bolstering its presence in Finland by relocating its office for the Social Impact Investing Initiative (S3I) to the Finnish capital. The initiative seeks support from private-sector investors to help reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in developing countries. It will focus on major infrastructure projects in three sectors: renewable energy, affordable housing and health. The new office also supports Helsinki’s goal of being a pioneer in the local implementation of global responsibilities.
Oulu-based technology company Proventia has agreed to deliver a modular electric vehicle testing centre to Intertek Transportation Technologies in Milton Keynes, England. The agreement covers the design, delivery and deployment of the entire testing centre, which will be the largest independent electric car powertrain testing facility in the UK. The deliveries will commence in 2020.
Finnish food technology startup Gold&Green Foods is expanding its collaboration with Taco Bell by introducing its pulled oats meat substitute in all Spanish Taco Bell restaurants. Gold&Green’s pulled oats is made from oats and fava beans and is now available as a vegetarian alternative in Taco Bells across Spain and Finland. The Finnish food innovation was also introduced in three Taco Bells in London during National Vegetarian Week earlier this year.
Finnish company Bio-Raiser has signed a letter of intent with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity for the clean-up of Lake Tana in the country. The agreement is part of a larger pilot project to restrict the amount of nutrients that end up in the lake from nearby agricultural farms.
The Vietnam-Finland International School has celebrated its inauguration in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The private school has been established inside the Ton Duc Than university and offers education through grades one to nine based on Finnish education expertise. There will initially be some 200 students at the school and part of the teaching staff will be Finnish. The opening of the school was prepared for four years by Finnish education partners and Vietnamese authorities.
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