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 Sensible 4 is taking part in two self-driving pilots in Norway. Image: Sensible 4

DAILY BRIEF: Self-driving pilots, funding, research award, bridge design and second-hand fashion

All the daily Finnish business that works: Sensible 4, Flowhaven, Professor Peter Lund, WSP Finland and Finnish second-hand clothing make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Flowhaven receives series-A funding, an Aalto University professor is awarded in China, Sensible 4 takes part in self-driving pilots in Norway, WSP Finland wins a bridge design contest in Vietnam, and GNF digs into the Finnish second-hand fashion market. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Flowhaven raises USD 16 million

Flowhaven founders Kalle Törmä and Timo Olkkola

Finnish brand licensing startup Flowhaven has raised 16 million US dollars (approx. 13.2 million euros) in a series-A round led by Sapphire Sports, part of Sapphire Ventures, with participation from existing investors Global Founders Capital and Icebreaker.vc. Flowhaven aims to modernise the media licensing business and replace manual methods with its licensing management platform, which automates workflow process including planning and strategy, account and agreement management, content distribution, design approvals, and royalty reporting. The funding will fuel its growth and expand its team working out of Helsinki, Los Angeles and London. Image: Flowhaven / Facebook

Professor Peter Lund is awarded in China

A portrait of professor Peter Lund

Aalto University professor Peter Lund has been given the Jiangsu International Science and Technology Cooperation Award for his research into renewable energy and for developing co-operation between the EU and China. The co-operation with China and Jiangsu Province has brought considerable results in the development of solar energy, fuel cells, energy storage and energy systems. Known for its research on clean energy and artificial intelligence, Jiangsu Province is expected to have a central role in China’s energy transformation. Lund holds an honorary professorship at Southeast University in Jiangsu Province’s capital, Nanjing. Image: Aalto University

Sensible 4 to launch second self-driving pilot in Norway

A split picture of a van and self-driving software

Finnish self-driving software company Sensible 4 has started preparations for its second autonomous driving pilot in Norway. Conducted in snow-covered Gjesdal, the pilot enables the testing of the company’s all-weather autonomous driving software in harsh Norwegian winter conditions, steep hills, open roads and narrow suburban streets. Part of the field testing phase of the EU-funded FABULOS project, the pilot is a direct continuation of a pilot carried out in Helsinki, Finland, in 2020. Sensible 4 is also involved in another ongoing self-driving pilot near the Norwegian capital of Oslo, in collaboration with public transport operator Ruter, Toyota Motor Europe and Holo. Image: Sensible 4

WSP Finland designs new bridge in Vietnam

An illustration of a bridge

WSP Finland’s unit in Vietnam has won a bridge design competition in the city of Hue. The head designer and team manager was Saigon-based Antti Karjalainen, but WSP Finland’s experts from Oulu and Helsinki also contributed to the winning design. Crossing the Perfume River, the 360-metre-long bridge is part of a ring road that is being built for the Vietnamese city. The total cost of the project will be around 60 million euros. WSP Finland has 20 years of experience working on bridges in Vietnam and is also responsible for the design of the Thu Thiem 2 bridge currently under construction. Image: Screenshot / WSP Finland

Five From Finland: Second-hand fashion

Woman holding a piece of orange clothing

In our weekly Five From Finland series, we look at some local second-hand clothing brands and online market place providers. The quintet featured, Zadaa, Emmy, Vestis, Alpa and Rekki, offer everything from a marketplace app that matches people and clothing with algorithms to high-quality pre-owned clothing and vibrant knitwear. Check them out by clicking the headline. Image: Zadaa

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