School children wearing VR glasses
 ThingLink and ClassVR have teamed up to bring more VR experiences and digital storytelling skills to classrooms. Image: ClassVR

The daily brief: 4 December 2019

All the daily Finnish business news that works: ThingLink, Aito, Gold&Green Foods and the City of Helsinki make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Helsinki will have strong presence at the Beijing Design Week 2020, Aito has raised fresh coin, Gold&Green Foods’ Pulled Oats plant protein wins shelf space in Germany, and ThingLink links up with ClassVR. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Helsinki is the Guest City of Beijing Design Week 2020

The Finnish capital was chosen as the official Guest City of next year’s Beijing Design Week in China, where it will organise various events over three weeks to showcase its design expertise. Held from 22 September to 7 October 2020, the Beijing Design Week is the largest and most significant design festival in Asia with more than five million visitors each year. The City of Helsinki and its partners plan to tell festival-goers how the city uses design to create a better everyday life for its citizens with the help of interactive and novel concepts rather than traditional exhibitions. Image: City of Helsinki

AI startup Aito raises EUR 1.6 million

Finnish artificial intelligence (AI) startup Aito has secured 1.6 million euros in seed funding from B2B software venture capitalist henQ, as well as existing investors. Aito has also launched the public version of its predictive database, which combines machine learning and database into one single platform. The platform is fundamentally different from the current machine learning tools on the market and allows developers on any budget to easily make predictions, projections and recommendations based on data. Image: Aito

Pulled Oats hits German food shelves

Finnish startup Gold&Green Foods’ plant-based protein Pulled Oats has been picked for the NX-Food (Next Generation Food) startup programme by German retail company Metro Group. The selection means Pulled Oats products will be available for four months at METRO Cash & Carry wholesalers in five German cities: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich and Korntal. Gold&Green Foods will also arrange tastings at the wholesalers to offer more information about the Finnish food innovation. Image: Gold&Green Foods

ThingLink and ClassVR start edutech collaboration

Finnish mixed reality authoring tool ThingLink and ClassVR have started a strategic collaboration to support virtual reality (VR) creation in classrooms. An integration of the two companies’ technologies enables teachers to create ThingLink experiences with their students, such as 360-degree presentations, tours, reports and documentaries, and view them directly on ClassVR headsets. The first school to make use of the new partnership is ESMS in Scotland, where students are creating virtual tours of the school that also feature the friendly school ghost. Image: Facebook/GlassVR

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