Man in colourful attire on the ground.
 Designer Ervin Latimer wants to highlight minorities in his clothing lines. Image: Vallila

DAILY BRIEF: Impactful design, healthtech, Google and social progress

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Ervin Latimer, Deep Sensing Algorithms, Noccela, ArcDia, 9Solutions, Google and Finnish social progress make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Deep Sensing Algorithms, Noccela and ArcDia innovate during the pandemic, 9Solutions secures funding, Google expands its data centre complex in Hamina, Ervin Latimer is named the Young Designer of the Year, and Finland makes the top three in the Social Progress Index. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Finnish innovators find new markets amidst pandemic

A breathalyser.

Finnish startup Deep Sensing Algorithms has developed a breathalyser test for COVID-19 and received the first orders, worth 16 million euros, from the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The startup will start the production in Finland in October and expects the fast and affordable breathalyser test to receive a CE marking in the same month. Finnish company Noccela has rethought its indoor positioning technology for preventing shoplifting to offer a highly accurate device for keeping safe distances between people and recording any possible exposures to the virus. Finally, ArcDia International has entered into a distribution agreement in Europe with Bruker Corporation for its rapid infectious disease diagnostics platform, mariPOC. Image: Deep Sensing Algorithms

9Solutions secures EUR 3 million from Bocap

A nurse standing by a door.

Oulu-based care technology company 9Solutions has received a three million-euro investment from the PK Arvonkasvattajat II fund, managed by Bocap Private Equity. The investment will boost the international growth and scaling of the Finnish market leader in healthcare safety and communications solutions based on locating people and assets. 9Solution’s smart care technology is used in over 1 300 healthcare organisations, including university hospitals, care homes and home care. The company employs around 50 people in Finland and Sweden, and has sales to eight countries in Europe through resellers. Image: 9Solutions

Google to open sixth data centre in Hamina

Colourful pipes in a data centre.

Search giant Google will open its sixth data centre at an old paper mill it bought in 2009 in Hamina, a town in southeast Finland. The project has been given a green light from the regional authority, and Google says the data centre will be up and running next year. The company plans to hire some 40–50 people and bring the workforce at the data centre complex to around 400. Last year, Google announced it will invest 1.2 billion euros more in its Hamina operation, bringing the total to around two billion euros. Image: Google

Designer Ervin Latimer enjoys rewarding start to autumn

Ervin Latimer sitting in the woods.

Ervin Latimer has been selected as the Young Designer of the Year in Finland and designed the first two clothing lines for Finnish textiles and interior firm Vallila. This year’s challenge in the competition was to design multipurpose hybrid clothes that work against the throw-away culture. Latimer’s winning proposition draws inspiration from drag culture and plays with gender assumptions as the clothing can be modified as the wearer sees fit. Latimer wants to highlight minorities with his work and broaden the perception of Finnish identity and fashion. Image: Marmai

Finland shines as beacon of social progress

Girl drinking a glass of water.

Finland has been ranked as the world’s third most socially progressive country in the latest edition of the Social Progress Index, a composite measure of dozens of factors affecting social development and wellbeing put together by Social Progress Imperative. Read on by clicking the headline. Image: Visit Finland

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