Kide Science teams up in South America, Netflix acquires the rights to Bordertown, Spinnova partners with a multi-brand retailer, CCE Finland’s SISU preschool box receives a Finnish design marking, Caverion secures new orders, and Espoo is named a top European innovation hotspot. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.
Finnish early-childhood education company Kide Science has started co-operation with Chile-based Sankt Henrik School, which offers online education in Latin American countries such as Peru, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and Ecuador. Kide Science teaches science to young children trough play, stories and hands-on experiments, and has modified its content especially for online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its remote lessons will begin shortly for the 5–9 year-old students of Sankt Henrik School. Image: Kide Science
Streaming service Netflix has acquired the global rights to Finnish film Bordertown – The Mural Murders, a spinoff of the popular Finnish crime series. Produced by Fisher King, the film will start shooting next month with the key cast from the series, including Ville Virtanen, Anu Sinisalo and Sampo Sarkola. It is set to be released theatrically in Finland in autumn 2021 by newly launched distributor Aurora Studios, while Netflix will take care of its global release. The plot sees brilliant police investigator Kari Sorjonen chase his arch nemesis Lasse Maasalo against the backdrop of a social media voting contest for people that the country would be better off without, with three of the most-voted people disappearing. Image: Fisher King Production
Spinnova, the Finnish startup behind a new sustainable way of making fibre, has partnered with Danish multi-brand retailer BESTSELLER. The two companies will start joint product development with the fibre and find a clothing brand that best fits it from BESTSELLER’s portfolio, which includes VERO MODA, VILA, JACK & JONES and SELECTED. Having proved the concept on its pilot production line, Spinnova is now looking to build its commercial scale-up with brand and business partners. Image: Spinnova
CCE Finland’s SISU preschool box concept has received the Design from Finland mark, which is awarded to products and services that showcase Finnish design excellence. Inspired by the Finnish baby box (Äitiyspakkaus), the preschool box contains a research-based toolkit that can be used for teaching and learning in preschool and kindergarten. Council for Creative Education (CCE) is a Finland-based organisation that collaborates internationally to redefine education through creativity. Image: CCE Finland / Twitter
Caverion has won a contract to renew the ventilation and air conditioning systems of Friedrichstadt-Palast, a historic theatre in Berlin and home to the largest thatre stage in the world. The deal was signed with public contractor BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement, and the deliveries will be completed by the end of the year. Caverion has also been awarded a framework agreement with the Norwegian Police Shared Services (PFT) to secure buildings for the Norwegian Police. The Finnish company will install and maintain security systems, including access control, video surveillance and security alarms. Image: Bernd Brundert
The City of Espoo has landed, for the second time in as many years, in the top six of the European Capital of Innovation Awards, a competition run and funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020. Read the full article by clicking the headline. Image: Visit Finland