May 12, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Finnish leadership education, high tech, private equity, fancy packaging and green city

Financial Times
Aalto EE and Hanken & SSE are among the Financial Times' best providers of executive education in the world.

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Picosun, Aalto EE, Hanken & SSE, Bocap, Metsä Board and the City of Helsinki make headlines.

Picosun provides ALD solutions for new memory tech, Aalto EE and Hanken & SSE feature in the FT Executive Education list, Bocap launches its third private equity fund, Metsä Board’s packaging for Arctic Blue Gin is awarded, and the City of Helsinki launches an idea competition for a new city park.

Picosun and IME to create novel memory technologies

Finnish company Picosun has collaborated with A*STAR’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME) in Singapore to create next-generation memory technologies. Picosun provided its atomic layer deposition (ALD) solutions and consultancy services for developing the FeRAM (ferroelectric random-access memory) and ReRAM (resistive random-access memory) technologies. FeRAM and ReRAM are emerging technologies that offer multiple benefits over existing memory technologies but come with a set of challenges, such as high production costs and reliability issues. ALD has the potential to solve these problems. The development project also strengthens the long collaboration between Picosun and IME and opens up new opportunities in upscaling and industrialising the technology.


Bocap launches 3rd private equity fund

Finnish private equity company Bocap has announced the launch of its third fund, Bocap SME Achievers Fund III, which is dedicated to established Finnish small- and medium-sized high-growth companies with sales of four to 50 million euros. The fund’s total investment capacity is anticipated to reach some 100 million euros with co-investments, while its total direct commitments are to settle at around 70 million euros. The first closing that took place at Easter amounted to almost 50 million euros.


Finnish universities make FT’s top-50 ranking

Aalto University Executive Education (Aalto EE) and Hanken & SSE are both featured in the latest ranking of executive education published by the Financial Times. Finnish business school Hanken was recognised in the top 20 of the annual ranking (19th) as Hanken & SSE due to its collaboration with Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Sweden. Aalto EE was ranked 42nd overall. The Financial Times’ ranking is influenced by various factors, such as the impact of programmes on individual and corporate clients. Aalto EE’s success builds on its multi-disciplinary approach that has entailed collaborations with different schools of Aalto University and its network of international partners. Globally, there are over 4 000 institutions that offer executive education and MBA programmes. The top three were once again Spain’s Iese Business School, France’s HEC Paris and Switzerland’s IMD.

Aalto EE

Arctic Blue Gin package awarded in the US

An Arctic Blue Gin package designed by Finnish company Metsä Board and implemented by Hazen Paper Company has been named Product of the Year by AIMCAL in the US. The holographic package features flaming Northern Lights across a Finnish winter night sky. Read more about the award in our breaking news article by clicking the link in the headline.

Metsä Board

Helsinki open to ideas for new park

The Finnish capital has launched an international competition to find ideas for the new Lentoasemanpuisto recreational area to be built at the former site of Malmi Airport. The park will become the green nucleus of the new residential area and contribute greatly to the identity of the still-developing district. Read more about in by following the link in the headline.

Voima Graphics / City of Helsinki

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