May 8, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Free AI education, neobanking, renewables and silk scarves

Marja Kurki has opened its first boutique in China.
Marja Kurki

All the daily Finnish business news that works: University of Helsinki, Reaktor, Enfuce, Neste, and Marja Kurki make headlines.

The University of Helsinki and Reaktor’s AI course enhances digital skills in Europe, Enfuce supports a Swedish mobile banking platform, Neste strengthens its renewables business, and Marja Kurki opens its first boutique in China.

Finland offers free online AI course to Europeans

Finland is helping to enhance the digital skills of Europeans by making the Elements of AI online course available to all EU citizens in 2020–2021. The aim is to teach the basics of AI to one per cent of Europeans, regardless of age or educational background. The course is designed and organised by the University of Helsinki and Reaktor, a Finnish technology company. It is being introduced to each EU member state together with a local academic partner and made available in all official EU languages. The course was recently launched in Latvia on 6 May, and is already available in Finnish, Swedish, Estonian, English, German and Norwegian. Next up is Hungary, with more EU countries following in the summer and autumn.

University of Helsinki

Neste acquires Count Terminal Rotterdam

Finnish company Neste has acquired 100 per cent of Dutch Count Companies’ Count Terminal Rotterdam and its supporting entities, part of the First Dutch Group. The terminal stores, refines and blends renewable waste and residue-based materials in the harbour area of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It is the first terminal Neste owns for renewable feedstock aggregation, enabling the company to further develop its raw material logistics while strengthening its renewable raw materials supply. Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel, and it also offers renewable solutions in the aviation and plastics industries.

Neste

Enfuce teams up with Rocker for neobank build-up

Finnish financial technology company Enfuce is supporting Swedish company Rocker in building its mobile banking platform. Enfuce was selected as the partner for card issuing and payment processing to enable Rocker to issue its new VISA prepaid cards easily and securely. The partnership also allows Rocker to issue feature-rich cards compatible with any payment method, currency or geography, which helps the Swedish company with its European expansion plans. In addition to powering payments, Enfuce is providing a suite of back-office services to Rocker to cover operational requirements.

Rocker

Marja Kurki opens first boutique in China

Finnish lifestyle brand Marja Kurki has opened its first Chinese shop in the Golden Eagle Plaza in Nanjing, capital of China’s eastern Jiangsu province. Designed by 5 Star Plus Retail Design, the shop takes up only 25 square metres and features a minimalistic and light design reflecting the brand’s style. Founded in 1976, Marja Kurki offers a range of fashion accessories, such as silk scarves, sun glasses and leather products. The Finnish brand has had a presence in China since the ’90s and today derives most of its sales from Asia.

Facebook / Marja Kurki

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