This wednesday evening, when I was on top of one of the tens of skyscrapers in Shanghai, it was quite cloudy and I couldn’t really see all that far. But I knew the view was magnificent.
It’s the same way I feel about the approaching World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. 100 days to go (or 99 to be precise), and it’s of course a bit foggy – not everything is ready yet with any of the national pavilions – but almost everything is and will be ready when the fun starts 1st of May.
Our focus is on 5 May 2010 when Kirnu, the Finland Pavillion VIP floor hosts City of Espoo day – the hometown of Otaniemi technology hub. We will be presenting what innovative and interesting things there are in Otaniemi – and why it makes sense for a world class innovation player to be involved in Otaniemi developments in form of R&D projects, other collaboration or simply as an excellent location for a European HQ.
European HQ in Otaniemi is an excellent choice for any Chinese or other Asian hitech and innovative corporation. Why? I tell you why; not only would you be right inside one of the world’s hotspots in innovation (if you read Harvard Business Review, or if you believe what they write in The Economist Intelligence Unit), you would also be in the most Asia-friendly country in Europe, you would have access to apply one part of the hundreds of millions of R&D financing available from Finnish government and you would also be within the shortest direct flight to Europe from places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo and many other Asian cities. First stop Europe.
I believe the Shanghai World Expo 2010 will live up to its slogan “Better City – Better Life”. Looking forward to it!
BTW; remember to visit KIRNU