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 Valpas’ IoT technology keeps hotels free from bed bugs. Image: Valpas

DAILY BRIEF: Bug-free beds, mobile diagnostics, digitalisation and high-quality Finnish spirits

All the daily Finnish business news that works: iSTOC, Gofore, Qentinel Finland, Valpas and Finnish spirits make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


iSTOC’s mobile diagnostics solution links up worldwide, Gofore is acquiring Qentinel Finland, Valpas and Top10 Matkatarjoukset partner in hospitality, and Finnish spirits win international recognition. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

iSTOC partners globally for holistic mobile diagnostics

Smartphone with iSTOC diagnostics software

Oulu-based iSTOC has established several international partnerships for its turnkey mobile diagnostics solution. The Finnish company is collaborating with CEMAG Care in France to deliver immediate diagnostics and analytics solutions internationally. In the US, it has linked up with Acumen Health Intelligence to offer a comprehensive COVID-19 testing solution. iSTOC is also working with Lifemed and Signove Tecnologi to help to slow down the spread of the virus in Brazil, while also collaborating with a national blood bank. Image: iSTOC

Qentinel Finland joins Gofore to power digitalisation

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Finland-based digitalisation specialist Gofore has agreed to acquire Qentinel Finland for a debt-free purchase price of 8.9 million euros. Qentinel Finland is an expert in software testing automation and, with the acquisition, Gofore will become one of the most important providers of professional services in digital quality assurance in Finland. Qentinel Finland has around 100 employees, and its clients include major public and private-sector players in Finland, such as the Finnish Tax Administration, KONE and Elisa. The deal is estimated to be completed on 1 September 2020, after which Qentinel Finland will continue to operate as an independent company within the Gofore network. Image: Gofore / Facebook

Valpas partners with leading Finnish travel agency

A bedroom in the Hotel F6

Finnish travel agency Top10 Matkatarjoukset has started a partnership to distribute Valpas member hotels on its travel platform. Valpas has solved a prevalent problem in the hospitality sector with its smart bed legs that capture bed bugs in hotel rooms and alert staff of any intrusions. The Finnish startup has also built a hotel network consisting of over 60 Finnish and international members that adhere to a high hygiene standard. The collaboration starts with two highly rated hotels in Helsinki, Hotel F6 and Hotel Hanaholmen, before increasing the hotel offering from Valpas’ network. Image: Hotel F6

Finnish spirits race to the podium

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Finnish spirits went down well at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition. Check out the winners by clicking the headline. Image: Kyrö Distillery

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