September 5, 2019
The daily brief: 5 September 2019
The Maria 01 startup campus in Helsinki is currently undergoing a major expansion to challenge for primary position in Europe.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Maria 01, MaaS Global and Finnish films make headlines.
Hospital-turned-startup campus Maria 01 is looking to become the biggest in Europe, MaaS Global has secured a strategic investment from Mitsubishi, and Finnish films are heading to festivals in the UK and South Korea.
J-P Valkepää’s film Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat Eivät Käytä Housuja) will be screened at the BFI London Film Festival in the UK and the Busan Film Festival in South Korea. Valkepää’s third feature-length film follows a widower (Pekka Strang) who seeks consolation from a mysterious dominatrix (Krista Kosonen). Pilvi Takala’s The Stroker will also hit the big screen in London, where it will be featured in the Age of Consent programme. Takala’s film is based on a two-week experiment she conducted at a co-working space in London to see how people react to her lightly touching them as a way of greeting.
Finnish startup campus Maria 01 has begun its ambitious expansion at a former hospital site in downtown Helsinki to become the largest growth company campus in Europe. Maria 01 is led by new CEO Ville Simola and owned in part by the same owners as the Nordic’s largest startup conference, Slush. The major expansion will take the campus from 10 000 to 70 000 square metres of space by 2023. Already the largest startup hub in the Nordics, the campus will have room for 650 new operators and at least 4 000 new jobs according to Maria 01.
Maria 01/Wasim Al-Nasser
MaaS Global, a Finnish pioneer in the emerging mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) market, has secured another significant investor in Japanese automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi, as it is finalising its latest funding round. MaaS Global is the market’s first commercially available MaaS operator that combines various forms of transport services with its app, Whim. The service has so far been rolled out in cities in Finland, Belgium and England, with Japan and other markets to follow next.
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