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Tampere Business Ambassadors 2020 - 21

Tampere Ambassadors

Leena Aalto, CEO, Koja Group Ltd

What is your background in international business?

I have 30 years of experience in international relations and trade.

Why is Tampere a great place for business, also for international business?

You will find great business ecosystems in the Tampere Region. There are also many educational institutions to cooperate with in the field of R & D.

Why would you encourage on investing, or founding a company, in Tampere?

In the Tampere region you will find talents, innovative start-ups and other companies as well as attractive surroundings for your family to live in. There is also Business Tampere to as one-stop-shop for FDI process support.

What are the main things you wish to promote as a Tampere Business Ambassador?

I wish to promote the local business ecosystems and Tampere as the destination of foreign direct investments.

How would you describe Tampere as a city, what makes it unique?

Tampere is the most attractive residential and tourism city in Finland and offers great business opportunities.


Tampere Ambassadors

Seppo Orsila, CEO, Modulight, Inc.

What is your background in international business?

I have actively travelled around the world for over twenty years selling laser technology for cancer treatments (Modulight Oy) and cell phones (Nokia Oyj) in over seventy countries, alongside other things. I became acquainted with the high streets in London and New York and the provinces of China, as well as markets in Pakistan, Nigeria and countless other places.

Why is Tampere a great place for business, also for international business?

Tampere has a great city centre that is easily accessible by car and high-speed public transport, with many talented and friendly people, and a warm vibe.

Why would you encourage on investing, or founding a company, in Tampere?

Tampere region has a good network of subcontractors for different kinds of businesses and high-quality schools and university.

What are the main things you wish to promote as a Tampere Business Ambassador?

I want to make Tampere’s companies more well-known globally and create more cooperation between companies in order to increase exports, so that larger collections could be exported collaboratively by several companies.

How would you describe Tampere as a city, what makes it unique?

It’s got a great city centre, quality culture and good transport connections.


Eero Salmelin, Director, Huawei

What is your background in international business?

I have had a career in camera technology development since 1999, working for Nokia, Microsoft and Huawei. The research and development of cameras is very closely networked internationally, and there are always a great number of companies involved in the production chain.

Why is Tampere a great place for business, also for international business?

Tampere is a compact university city that has immense technological prowess in the wake of Nokia’s mobile phone business. Tampere region is particularly prolific in camera technology because most of Nokia’s camera development was centralised in Tampere, so two billion mobile phone cameras were designed and created here. This amount of experience exists nowhere else.

Why would you encourage on investing, or founding a company, in Tampere?

Our expertise is internationally top-notch, and the business environment is low-risk. This is particularly attractive to international companies for their product development.

What are the main things you wish to promote as a Tampere Business Ambassador?

To make Tampere region better known and to promote the growth of business in the area, Tampere needs more start-ups in addition to foreign companies’ product development units.

How would you describe Tampere as a city, what makes it unique?

Tampere is a compact city where living is easy, especially with a family to raise.