October 27, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Hit sailing show, renewables, education, VR, startups and Moomin baby clothes
In Rabbit Film's Over the Atlantic, celebrities without sailing experience take on a great journey.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Rabbit Films, Neste, Finland International Education, Varjo, Helsinki, Reima and Moomins make headlines.
Neste reports renewables developments, Finland International Education signs a deal in India, Rabbit Films sells its hit show in Europe, Varjo scores a significant reseller, Helsinki’s startup ecosystem is on display, and Reima and Moomin launch a baby kit.
Neste has reached another milestone in its strategic collaboration with Borealis and Covestro to create a sustainable value chain for replacing fossil resources in the production of plastic polycarbonate, a polymer used in car headlights, electronic devices and other applications. Covestro has received from Borealis the first supply of 1 000 tonnes of renewable phenol produced with renewable hydrocarbons from Neste. The Finnish company has also entered into a sustainable aviation fuel supply agreement with Japan’s largest airline, All Nippon Airways (ANA), its first ever with an Asian airline. The partnership will see ANA become the first airline to use the fuel on flights departing from Japan.
Finland International Education (FINE) has signed an agreement for early-childhood education and care (ECEC) training with Learning Matters by Max Learning Ventures in India. Finnish ECEC is globally recognised for its pedagogical development and academic research. FINE, a member of the Finnish National Education export initiative, will start the first three-month online pilot course for teachers in India in November and commence on-site training once travel is possible.
Finnish production company Rabbit Films has sold its hit reality show format Over the Atlantic (Atlantin yli) in Belgium and the Netherlands. Especially the Dutch market is a big deal for the company as it is home to such huge hits as Big Brother and closely followed internationally. Over the Atlantic sees six celebrities without prior sailing experience take on the challenging journey across the Atlantic. The show is Rabbit Films’ biggest international hit, heading into its third seasons in Sweden and Denmark. Its filming will start next year in Norway, while options for the programme have also been sold in Germany and France.
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Technology giant Lenovo has become a reseller of Finnish company Varjo’s human-eye resolution VR and XR headsets to offer enterprise customers a complete solution for their virtual and mixed-reality workflows. As part of the agreement, the customers can purchase Certified for Varjo workstations with any Varjo device via Lenovo’s distribution channels. Varjo’s industrial headsets are used in some of the most demanding industries, including in automotive design, astronaut training and medical imaging.
The City of Helsinki has joined Dealroom, a platform for bringing together and promoting data sharing between startups, investors, incubators, accelerators and higher-education institutions. The service is produced by Netherlands-based Dealroom.co and Newco Helsinki, and provides a continuously updated and comprehensive view of the startup ecosystem in Greater Helsinki. You can find out more in our article by clicking the headline.
Children’s activewear company Reima has teamed up with Moomin Characters to launch a starter pack for expectant parents in the US, with other markets to follow. The baby kit is a collection of 17 gender-neutral baby essentials, such as onesies, bodysuits and bottoms, and draws inspiration from Finland’s baby box and Tove Jansson’s Moomins. Read more about it by clicking the headline.
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