May 28, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Playful learning, medical innovations, films by women, renewable diesel and design
Kide Science uses a playful learning model to teach science to young kids.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Neste, Finnish film, Kide Science, Etteplan, Heart2Save, Lumoava and Fiskars make headlines.
Neste’s renewable diesel becomes widely available in Sweden, the film Force of Habit is selected for a Sydney festival, Kide Science raises funding and secures a partner, Etteplan deepens collaboration with Redsense Medical, Heart2Save and Lumoava create a heart-monitoring necklace, and Fiskars wins a prestigious design award.
Finnish company Neste has stepped up its partnership with one of Sweden’s largest fuel companies, OKQ8, which will introduce Neste’s renewable diesel to 130 of its stations by the end of 2020. The number of sales points for the renewable diesel in Sweden will thus more than double to over 200. The diesel is produced from renewable raw materials and can reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 90 per cent compared to fossil diesel over its life cycle. Besides Sweden, it is available in Finland, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the US in California and Oregon.
Force of Habit (Tottumiskysymys), an anthology film by seven Finnish women directors, has been selected for the Europe! Voices of Women in Film programme of Sydney Film Festival. The film follows several women throughout one day as they are faced with habitual acts of discrimination in both public and private. The short films making up the anthology are fictional but derived from the real-life experiences and observations of the writers. Sydney Film Festival is organised online this year between 10–26 June.
Finnish early-childhood education company Kide Science has raised 1.5 million euros in a seed funding round led by Sparkmind.vc, with participation from existing investors. The company will use the investment to accelerate international growth. Kide Science has also started a partnership in Hong Kong with InNordics, which supports collaboration between the Nordics and Asia. InNordics’ educators have already started training in Kide Sciene’s playful STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) pedagogical model and will start lessons in learning centres, kindergartens and schools from June, as Hong Kong opens its schools for the first time in 2020.
Finnish company Etteplan will further develop and industrialise a hose clamp used in haemodialysis treatment for Redsene Medical. Etteplan also developed the prototype of the hose clamp, which has yielded positive results in a Canadian hospital and is now ready to be finalised according to medical device regulations and launched on the market. Etteplan has collaborated with Redsense Medical for many years and previously supported its partner in developing a blood-loss detecting device used in connection with haemodialysis treatment. The hose clamp works as an extension to this device, automatically stopping blood leakage.
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Designers at Fiskars have received one of the most prestigious honours in the global design industry, the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year title. Read the full story by clicking the headline.
Finnish companies Heart2Save and Lumoava have created a necklace that enables anyone to monitor their heart rhythm and have the AI-analysed results ready on their smartphones in seconds. Read more about the innovation our breaking news article by clicking the link in the headline.
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