October 19–20, 2018, in Turku

National entrepreneur days


Finland’s Largest Entrepreneur Event

The new and improved Entrepreneur Days (Yrittäjäpäivät) are here with two days of inspiring speakers, networking, and all-around enjoyment. This year's program is more diverse than ever!

What are working life and entrepreneurship like in the future? How do you take your business abroad? Why should we use technology to the fullest in our businesses?

Take a trip to Turku in October and enjoy yourself, improve yourself, and do some business. Join us in moving forward with our “Step Forward” theme.

National Entrepreneur Days take place in Turku, at the Turku Fair Center in Artukainen, on October 19–20, 2018.

Diverse Program

On the first day, you can watch the interesting Federation of Finnish Enterprises’ (Suomen Yrittäjät) general assembly, participate in seminars, or get to know Turku. In the evening, we celebrate the 40th birthday of FFE’s Southwest division. The program on Friday is in Finnish. On Saturday, English programming is available throughout the day. Saturday’s crowning moment is the gala, where the National Entrepreneur Awards for 2018 are presented to winners. 

Turku, our city for the event

Turku is one of Finland’s most popular cities for organizing events, and Turun Messukeskus (Turku Fair Center) is an excellent and practical location for this year’s number one event. What’s more, a new visitor and innovation center, Vierailukeskus Joki, was recently opened in Kupittaa, Turku, and it is an exciting venue for Friday’s seminar.

Turku provides a great setting for the National Entrepreneur Days

The city center is full of wonderful restaurants and shopping locations. There are also fascinating museums and sights nearby. Take a stroll along River Aurajoki, visit the cathedral, or marvel at the beautiful architecture by the river.

Sign up early to secure great accommodations in the city center where you have everything you need.



October 19–20, 2018

The program on the first day, Friday, is in Finnish. It includes, for example, the general assembly and trips around Turku. On the second day, we have exciting talks, interviews, and panels in English. We end the night in style, with the National Entrepreneur Awards ceremony and the gala.

Signing up for the National Entrepreneur Days begins

See what our partners Elisa, Fennia, Finnvera, City of Turku, Kauppalehti, Turun Sanomat, Säästöpankki and Viking Line have to offer. You find the parner area from the 1st floor restaurant section.

Welcome to the general assembly

FFE’s general assembly is where the chairperson and vice chairpersons are chosen for the next two-year term. Furthermore, we go over the 2017 annual report and financial statement and agree on the action plan and budget for 2019. Members are represented by general assembly representatives.

The assembly is held in Finnish, and it is open to everyone.

Lunch in Hall B
Seminar (in Finnish), at Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki

Seminar (in Finnish), at Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki

  • 13:00 – Turku – capital city of social media in Finland (Cave theater), Samu Valleala, City of Turku
  • 14:00 – Tomorrow’s Self-Steering Ships and Possibilities in Artificial Intelligence (Cave theater), Iiro Lindborg, General Manager, Remote and Autonomous Solutions, Rolls-Royce
  • 13:45 – What are municipalities like in the future, and where do we see entrepreneurs? (Amphitheater), Esko Poikela, Mayor, Municipality of Lieto
  • 15:00 – FuckUp Night (Amphitheater)
    • The international “FuckUp Night” concept has landed in Turku. In the amphitheater, three local entrepreneurs tell their stories of failure. These are stories that provide us all with peer support and opportunities for learning.
  • 15:00 – Theme Ultrahack: How and entrepreneur can take an advantage on hackathon? (Cave theater), Olli Ojala, Turku Science Park

On the second floor of the Visitor and Innovation Centre, you can check out visions for future developments in Turku and the surrounding areas in the City of Turku’s city development space. Various projects and visions are on display, and they are presented in actual realizations, on touch screens, and on video.

On the third floor, you can recharge, both your devices and yourself, relax, or reply to some emails, as well as watch a livestream of the Federation of Finnish Enterprises’ general assembly taking place at the Turku Fair Center.

Alternative program (guided tours in Finnish and English)

Tours start from Turku Fair Center:

1) Excursion to the shipyard
Get to know about Turku's shipyard industry and see where the world's largest cruise liners are built.

2) MovieWalk around the city                    
Dive into the world of movies and forget about the reality for a moment. The tour takes you to the best locations of movies shot in the City of Turku.

3) Conquer The Castle
Please note that this tour is cancelled.

Introduction of Turku Science Park and it's maritime projects (2nd floor, meeting room 4)

Come to hear about Turku Science Park and Blue Industry Park, Turku Future Technologies and Maritime Accelerator.
-Vesa Erkkilä, Account Manager, Turku Science Park

The Grandest 40th Anniversary in Finland – Welcoming Celebration for the Entrepreneur Days
Pete Parkkonen, Popkorn

As FFE’s Southwest division turns 40, join us in celebrating the grandest 40th anniversary in Finland at the Turku Fair Center. We have everything you would expect on a 40th birthday. Over these 40 years, we have collected so much of everything that presents are unnecessary. What’s important to us is that you join us in celebrating this momentous day. Come as you are, as long as you are ready to have fun. There will be surprises, music, and good times with great people. The event is in Finnish.

Doors are opened – welcome back for day number two

The second day of the National Entrepreneur Days is filled with amazing programme, networking, and socializing. 

International program (Meeting rooms 1-2) | Open the full program >>
Jan Meyer, Raivo Videvik, Alexey Teteryuk, Irene Surva-Lehtonen, Evgenia Belolutskaya, Alise Barvika, Esa Lindqvist, Heidi Saario, Jukka Laiterä, Anna Różycka, Dominik Sandmann

International program in English.

Global business - this is how we did it
Come to hear international success stories of companies and to share experiences with them
- xxx (Finland)
- Raivo Videvik, Export Director, Baltika Group (Estonia)
- Alexey Teteryuk, Head of direction of foreign economic support, BIOCAD (Russia)

The break is a great time for networking and getting to know our official partners. You can find our Partners Area in the restaurant on the first floor. The event is brought to you by: Elisa, Fennia, Finnvera, Kauppalehti, City of Turku, Turun Sanomat, Säästöpankki and Viking Line. 

Cities meet companies 
Come to meet representatives of different countries and to ask them questions about doing business with their countries (import, export, invest in).
- Irene Surva-Lehtonen, Trade advisor, Enterprise Estonia (Estonia)
- Evgenia Belolutskaya, Senior Expert, Committee for Development of Entrepreneurship and Consumer Market of St. Petersburg (Russia)
- Alise Barvika, Head of Office, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (Latvia)
- Esa Lindqvist, Chief Advisor, Business Finland Agency (Finland) 
- Anna Różycka, Key Account Manager, Pomeranian Special Economic zone  (Poland)
- Moderator: Heidi Saario, Development Manager of International Business Cooperation, Turku Business Region

Lunch (Hall B)
BtoB-meetings (Meeting room 3, 2nd floor)
This is the right time to network with Finnish and foreign colleagues and to have BtoB-meetings (individual one-on-one meetings). 

Keynote: Jan Meyer (Hall A)
Turku shipyard and subcontractors

BtoB-meetings (Meeting room 3, 2nd floor)
This is the right time to network with Finnish and foreign colleagues and to have BtoB-meetings (individual one-on-one meetings). 

Subcontractor’s network
Come to learn how to join a network of subcontractors in maritime and construction industries in Finland. 
- Dominik Sandmann, Head of Procurement Department for Equipment and Systems, Meyer shipyard 
- Jari A. Rastas, Chairman, Priima-Yhtiöt
- Moderator: Jukka Laiterä, Senior advisor, Maritime, Turku Business Region

Svenska Träffen - unofficial program (Åbo Svenska Teater in the center of Turku)

Special program for the Swedish-speaking participants.

För de svenskspråkiga deltagarna kommer Företagarna i Finlands svenskspråkiga nätverk att bjuda på mousserande vin och en trevlig pratstund i Åbo Svenska Teaters pittoreska lokal före galamiddagen. Boka alltså in i kalendern Svenska Träffen på lördagen 20.10. kl. 15.45 på Åbo Svenska Teater! 

Anmäl dig här! (så att vi vet ungefär hur många flaskor som skall reserveras)

Gala dinner of entrepreneurs
Petteri Orpo, Inga Söder, Popkorn

•    Cocktail event
•    Presenting the National Entrepreneur Awards to winners
•    Gala dinner 
•    Inga Söder and Popkorn are there to make us dance for the whole evening
•    The event is in Finnish.


Speakers 2018


Jan Meyer

Managing Director, Meyer Turku Oy 

Jan Meyer has a Doctor’s degree from Bremen's Jacobs University and a Master’s degree in ship architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. He is a seventh-generation shipbuilder and has been working in shipbuilding since 2008. In 2014 he became Managing Director of the Meyer Shipyard in Turku, Finland. The German family company, Meyer's family, bought the Turku shipyard more than three years ago. The shipyard employs 1,600 people and numerous subcontracting companies. In 2016, the shipyard's orderbook was filled to record highs.


Alexey Teteryuk

Head of direction, Biotechnology company BIOCAD

Alexey Teteryuk – head of direction of foreign economic support of BIOCAD, responsible for establishing contacts with foreign regulatory authorities and support export projects of the company.


Raivo Videvik

Export Director at Baltika Group

Experienced in executive management, new business development and team building. Currently involved in wholesales and franchise development at Baltika Group (47M € turnover in 2016) of Apparel & Fashion retail merchandising into 30+ countries, 125 retail brand stores in 8 countries (incl. 32 franchise stores).


Irene Surva-Lehtonen

Trade advisor at Enterprise Estonia

Enterprise Estonia is the public entrepreneurship support organization in Estonia.  

As a trade advisor at Enterprise Estonia my main duties are to work towards increasing the export capability and internationalisation of  Estonian companies by providing sector analyses, identification of potential business partners and establishing first contacts. I also assist Finnish companies with finding new sourcing partners from Estonia.  


Evgenia Belolutskaya

Senior Expert, Committee for Development of Entrepreneurship and Consumer Market of St. Petersburg

Committee coordinates the work of all organisations in St. Petersburg that serve small and medium companies, including financing.  
I answer for international and interregional business cooperation and organisation of services for companies.  


Alise Barvika

Head of office, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

Head of the Representative Office 
Investment and Development Agency of Latvia

The objective of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia is to promote business development by facilitating more foreign investment, 
in parallel increasing the competitiveness of Latvian entrepreneurs in both domestic and foreign markets.

Experienced export and trade promotion professional, I enjoy driving more business by enhancing international business to business links. 


Esa Lindqvist

Chief Advisor, Business Finland Agency

Mr. Esa Lindqvist is the Chief Advisor in Ecosystems and Cleantech business areas in Business Finland Agency. Business Finland aims to help business operators to develop their work by financing and by knowledge.


Heidi Saario

Development Manager, Turku Science Park Ltd

Turku Science Park Ltd provides business services for Finnish and foreign companies of different industries during the whole lifecycle of companies. It also develops the business environment of the Turku Business Region. Turku Science Park Ltd is a strong networker, and a cooperation partner of state, municipal and private sectors in Finland and other countries. 


Jukka Laiterä

Senior advisor, Maritime, Turku Business Region

Jukka is a business consultant angel investor. As a seasoned marine industry executive he has gained considerable knowledge of international operations including global networking and new establishments abroad. Jukka is working as a senior advisor of Turku Science Park in establishing a global Maritime Accelerator program in Turku Business Region, among other things. He also is one of the founders of Monttu Ventures Oy, a development and investment company fostering the growth of innovative start-up companies.


Anna Różycka

Key Account Manager, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone

The objective of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone is to accelerate the economic growth of the northern part of Poland by attracting domestic and foreign production investors. Pomeranian SEZ offers public aid in the form of tax exemptions and also is the owner of Gdansk Science and Technology Park, which provides office space for start-ups and accelerates companies focusing on innovation and advanced technological solutions, and Baltic Port of New Technologies that supports the reconstruction and development of the shipyard industry.


Dominik Sandmann

Head of Procurement Department for Equipment and Systems, Meyer Turku Oy

Dominik Sandmann is heading the procurement department for equipment, systems and outfitting materials which is responsible for procuring shipboard material as well as investments and ICT.
Meyer Turku: The German family company, Meyer's family, bought the Turku shipyard more than three years ago. The shipyard employs 1,600 people and numerous subcontracting companies. In 2016, the shipyard's orderbook was filled to record highs.

Pricing and sign-up
Participation fee


Participation fee for city delegations with companies is 60 EUR per person, it includes lunch, program and transportation on Saturday (Gala not included).
(for individual participants it is 250 EUR). 

Participation fee for city delegations with companies for the entire weekend is
250 EUR.

This includes the program on both days, Friday’s lunch and welcoming party,
Saturday’s lunch, and the award gala in the evening. Ask for transportation from your hotel to the Fair Center and back throughout the two days. 


All participants are asked to take care of their own travel expenses and accommodation.
City authorities are asked to give us a list of their participants and we will send a bill for the city.
City can choose do they want to pay the participation fee for their participants or
gather the fee from their participants or
do they want to pay part of the fee for their companies.


Send an email to Event Coordinator Miia Kaerala, miia.kaerala@yrittajat.fi

Full package
until 9th October
250 €
(Inc VAT. 24%)


There are plenty of hotels in the city center. Ask for transportation from your hotel to the Fair Center.


Frequently asked questions

What’s a general assembly?

The general assembly is the main governing body in the Federation of Finnish Enterprises, where members are represented by general assembly representatives. In the general assembly, we go over the annual report and financial statement and agree on the next year’s action plan and budget. Every other year, a new chairperson and vice chairpersons are chosen.

Where are the National Entrepreneur Days held next year?

In 2019, the Days take place in Lahti, and in 2020 in Jyväskylä.

Who can I contact if I can’t find an answer to my question on the event page?

The Entrepreneur Days event team is happy to answer your questions if you call +358 50 381 8090.


Turku Fair Center

Contact us

Contact information

Contact us! We are happy to help you with anything related to the Entrepreneur Days.


Event Coordinator Miia Kaerala, miia.kaerala(a)yrittajat.fi, +358 50 381 8090

Event organizer:

Federation of Finnish Enterprises, Anne Eronen, +358 9 2292 2911, anne.eronen(a)yrittajat.fi
FFE Southwest division, Miia Kaerala, +358 50 381 8090, miia.kaerala(a)yrittajat.fi

Media contacts:

Federation of Finnish Enterprises, Eeva Ketvel, +358 50 320 4849, eeva.ketvel(a)yrittajat.fi