Dear Madam/Sir,

Ms. Lenita Toivakka, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development of Finland, will visit Poland (Kraków & Warsaw) with a Team Finland Business Delegation on June 13 – 15, 2016.  We are inviting you to join the Team Finland Business Delegation in connection with this visit.

Finpro is extending the invitation to Finnish companies working on the following sectors to join the business delegation:
• Municipal Cleantech (water and waste water, district heating & CHP, municipal solid waste management)
• Agricultural Technologies
• ICT (Internet of Things, MaaS)
• Healthcare.

Since 1990, Poland has been the fastest growing economy in Europe and the growth has continued strong in the recent years. The new government has taken supporting innovations as one of its main focus areas, and the government is looking for new models from the Nordic countries. Poland will receive EUR 82B from the EU’s structural funds during the period 2014–2020. Together with Poland’s own funding, this will create an investment program of over EUR 100B in the upcoming years. Please read more on Poland and the focus sectors in the attachment: Why POLAND.

Finpro is responsible for preparing the program of the Business Delegation. During the visit business delegates will have an opportunity to attend meetings with local business leaders, organizations and authorities; sectoral seminars and site visits which Finpro will organize in cooperation with the Embassy of Finland in Warsaw and local partners.

Finpro provides the following services for participants in the Business Delegation:
•             Arranging the program in Kraków & Warsaw;
•             Sector-specific group meetings with authorities and business leaders;
•             Invitations to your company’s customers or other contacts to the networking events;
•             Inclusion of your company in the business delegation brochure which will be widely distributed during the visit;
•             Block reservation for the hotels in Kraków & Warsaw;
•             Group ground transportation in Kraków & Warsaw by bus; and
•             Services of Finpro’s Industry Experts and Project Manager.

To cover the expenses, Finpro will charge a maximum participation fee of:
•             Small businesses and SMEs: EUR 850 + 24% VAT per person
•             Major companies: EUR 1300 + 24% VAT per person.
Finpro will invoice the participation fee after the visit based on the actual costs of arranging the above mentioned program and offered services. The invoiced fee does not exceed the amounts mentioned above.

The participation fee includes arrangements in Kraków & Warsaw for 13. – 15.6.2016. A 50 percent discount of the participation fee will be granted for each additional representative of your company. If the company will be represented by a person stationed in Poland, a 25 percent discount will be granted. The discounts are not accumulative. The participation fee does not include flights or accommodation of the participant nor meals outside the business delegation program.

To express your interest in participating in this Team Finland visit, please register through this link by Wednesday, May 4, 2016:

While filling in information via the registration link, please note that all fields are mandatory in order to successfully complete your registration form; this includes e.g. your photograph for the business delegation brochure. The system will send you automatically a confirmation note after your registration has been completed successfully. The Finpro terms and conditions are included in the electronic registration form.  The registration is binding.

PROGRAM framework: The delegation will visit two cities: Kraków & Warsaw. The program in Kraków is built only for the Cleantech companies and companies from other sectors will have their program only in Warsaw.

Group 1 – Cleantech: Kraków & Warsaw

Sunday 12.6.2016 Monday 13.6.2016 Tuesday 14.6.206 Wednesday 15.6.2016

Departure from
Helsinki for Kraków
in the evening
Internal briefing

Meetings with Kraków city authorities and utility companies

Municipal Cleantech Business Forum

Departure from Kraków for Warsaw
Briefing session for the whole delegation

Official meetings:
Warsaw city utilities
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Environment

Networking Reception
Cleantech from Finland
Roundtable discussion with municipal utilities, contractors, suppliers.
Group 2 – ICT – Healthcare – Agrotechnology: Warsaw

Monday 13.6.2016 Tuesday 14.6.2016 Wednesday 15.6.2016

Departure from
Helsinki for Warsaw
in the late afternoon

Briefing session for whole delegation

Official Meetings:
Ministry of Agriculture
The Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARMA) Association of Farmers Organizations

Chamber of Information Technology
Vehicle Producers Association
ABSL (outsourcing ) meeting

Ministry of Health
Private healthcare companies

Networking Reception
IT – Internet of Things or Digitalization and Mobility – roundtable discussion with IT and manufacturing companies.

Agritech from Finland – roundtable discussion with authorities, associations, dealers of machinery, large farmers, farming companies, banks.

Departure from Warsaw for Helsinki in the evening.

For more information on the visit, please contact:
Ms. Kirsti Tarvainen, Manager, +358 40 34 33 434
Mr. Kari Vähäkangas, Commercial Counsellor, Finpro Warsaw: +48 609 69 6666
Ms. Nina Jacoby, Senior Advisor, +358 41 442 7786 (Water & district heating)
Mr. Mikko Koskue, Senior Advisor, +358 50 3556 656 (Intelligent vehicles and traffics)
Mr. Reijo Smolander, Senior Advisor, +358 40 552 9681 (IoT)
Ms. Helena Sarén, Senior Advisor, +358 40 34 33 324 (Solid waste management)
Ms. Elina Puszkarzewicz, Senior Advisor, +358 40 3433 349 (Agricultural technologies)
Ms. Lotta Eiroma, Project Manager, +358 40 716 2628

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Kirsti Tarvainen

Mobile: +358 403 433 434

Porkkalankatu 1 – FI-00180 Helsinki – Finland – Internet:
Tel: +358 294 6951 – Lync: +358 294 695 434