November 9, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Moomins return, climate investing, solar energy, keyless locks and metal music

Animated figures in a camping ground
Gutsy Animations' Moominvalley will return for a third season with some new characters.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gutsy Animations, Cooler Future, Savosolar, iLOQ and Tuska Utopia make headlines.

Cooler Future raises coin for a climate investing app, Savosolar delivers a solar heating plant, iLOQ lands in Canada, Gutsy Animations announces a new Moominvalley season, and Tuska metal music festival keeps the show going.

Cooler Future raises EUR 1.4 million

A mobile app showing both money and greenhouse gas emissions numbers for an investment

Finnish startup Cooler Future has raised 1.4 million euros for Europe’s first climate impact investment application. The investors included Lifeline Ventures, Nordic Makers, Gary Lin (Purple Orange Ventures) and Patrick Schmidt (CEO at Global Fashion Group). Cooler Future’s app allows users to invest in a climate-friendly portfolio of assets and track the CO2 impact of their investments alongside their financial returns. The startup caters to an increasingly climate-conscious generation and aims to help standardise impact investing in the investment industry.

Cooler Future

Savosolar to deliver solar heating plant in France

Solar collectors on a field

Finnish manufacturer of solar thermal solutions Savosolar has signed an agreement with newHeat SAS on the delivery of a solar heating plant in Pons, France. The size of the plant will be approximately 1 700 square metres and the contract worth around 700 000 euros. The solar collectors will be installed on a one-axis tracker system following the Sun, allowing for maximum thermal output. Savosolar will start to work on the delivery in late 2020, with the hand-over to take place in spring 2021. This agreement is the second of the successful tenders Savosolar announced on 11 June 2020.


iLOQ expands to Canada

Person with helmet opening a fence with a smartphone in a tunnel

iLOQ is bringing its battery-free digital and mobile locking to Canada. Among the Finnish company’s key target clientele in the country will be the critical infrastructure sector, to which it will offer its keyless locking solution that uses a smartphone as both a key and a power source. The company will also provide local utilities with consolidated access management to their critical infrastructure via one platform. iLOQ’s new country manager will be security solutions expert Frank Hayes, who will operate out of Toronto.


Gutsy’s Moominvalley season 3 gets green light

Moominvalley characters grouped together

Finnish studio Gutsy Animations’ Moominvalley, an animated series based on the beloved works of Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson, has been confirmed for a third season by anchor broadcasters YLE in Finland and Sky in the UK. The Emmy-nominated series will return with a mix of new and returning high-profile voice actors and new characters, including Snorkmaiden’s inventor brother, Snork, and the small and irate prankster creature Stinky, whose debut fans have eagerly anticipated. Moominvalley has been sold to over 40 countries and won a number of international awards.

Moomin Characters / Gutsy Animations

Tuska metal festival turns woes into video

Heavy metal band playing in an industrial setting with flames rising around it

A pay-per-view video gig series titled Tuska Utopia is set to offset the lack of live metal music and resultant financial challenges for the industry. The series will display a wide variety of Finnish metal banks playing in exotic and interesting locations, as well as interviews and other content. Read more about the metal travel show in our article by clicking the headline.

Anastasia Pajanen / Tuska Utopia

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