Two Finns make an impact in Sweden
Finnish bioeconomy company Stora Enso has partnered with a Swedish university, while Finnish startup WorkPilots is launching its work experience service in Sweden.
Stora Enso has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, whereby the two will establish long-term collaboration and, through jointly driven research projects, develop new knowledge on sustainable forestry and bio-based materials.
“Collaborating with leading educational institutions, such as SLU, is a key component of Stora Enso’s strategy and an enabler in our continued transformation into a renewable materials company,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
Meanwhile, Finnish startup WorkPilots is expanding to Sweden and Portugal following two good years in Finland and a successful funding round in late 2017, in which the company raised 1.2 million euros.
The Finnish startup has already arranged for its first pilots to take place in Sweden during the summer and has also found an important co-operation partner in one of Sweden’s largest providers of vocational education, ThorenGruppen.
“We now have an excellent opportunity to start internationalisation and grow our business with models developed in Finland,” says WorkPilots co-founder Eija Kiviranta. “This way we can help even more young Europeans gain critical work experience.”