Rubicon Forum 2014 - Third FinnishRussian Forum of Business Opportunities


Date-time to begin:

19.11.2014 10:00


Lahden Messut Salpausselnkatu 7, 15110 Lahti, Finland

Rubicon Forum is a unique in its kind annual event aimed at connecting promising Russian companies and investors with the leading Finnish business service providers and public sector organizations supporting growth of foreign companies in Finland. Keeping in mind real needs of Russian business in Finland, Rubicon Forum raises practical topics for discussion and offers great possibility for interacting and networking, which result in getting useful and up-to-date information, acquiring new partners and clients and opening up new business opportunities.

Please follow the link to get more information and register for the event!

19:00 - 21:00

Welcome words by Mika Kari (Chairman of the city council of Lahti, a member of parliament) ,
Henry Lindelf (Mayor of the City of Kotka) and representatives of the Government of Saint
Networking, live music, refreshments and drinks will be served

8:30 - 9:30

Registration and coffee

9:30 - 9:45

Welcome words

  • Jyrki Myllyvirta - Mayor - The City of Lahti

09:45 - 11:00

Finland as a springboard for Russian business to global markets

How does the Finnish public sector help Russian companies? What kind of Russian companies invest in Finland and what
sectors of the economy are the most attractive for them? What do they say about Russian business and investors in Finland?


  • Valery Shlyamin - Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Finland
  • Sari Toivonen - Senior Director, Invest in Finland
  • Alexander Kobenko - Vice-Governor Minister of Economic Development, Investments and Trade of the Samara Region
  • Maxim Balanev - Executive director - Enterprise Europe Network - St. Petersburg Branch
  • Sergey Troshkov -Rubicon project coordinator, Cursor Oy

11:00 - 11:30

Towards global markets with the help of Tekes

  • How does a small Finnish company become a world leader? How to transform competitive advantage into growth?
  • From idea to succesful business with the help of financing instrumets of Tekes
  • Pauli Noronen - Senior Business Advisor, Tekes
  • Sami Kalliokoski - Head of the Electria Unit, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

11:30 - 12:15

Creativity and madness

View to Finnish business culture from a solist of the band Leningrad cowboys Mato Valtonen

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 - 14:30

Pitch session of Russian companies and entrepreneurs

Pitches, cooperation propositions, questions and answers

  • Alexei Budashkin- Sample Stone Ltd
  • Vladimir Zavodiuk - Silent home and Gloves manufacture projects
  • Sergey Sokolov - Shag phone project
  • Igor Sergeev - Geoscan Technologies
  • Abdurashid Vokhidov - Avtostankoprom Ltd.

14:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Successful Russian business cases in Finland

  • Oleg Kotin - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pharmbiotech Oy
  • Polina Kachurina - Ambassador, ITMO University
  • Grigory Rozhkov, Director-General, Non-profit partnership 'St. Petersburg-London-2003'
  • Victoria Krasilshikova, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Kids Friendly Media Oy
  • Ville Skinnari, Specialist Counsel, Lexia Attorneys Oyd

17:00 - 20:00

Business Up evening event and VIP-programme

Opportunity for networking with entrepreneurs and representatives of Finnish business community (Lahti Fair Center)

9:00 11:00

Business and networking breakfast
Finnish business advisors act as hosts for theme tables devoted to the different topics: Financing, Logistics, Marketing
and sales, Taxes and staff costs, Innovations, Real estate etc.
Introduction of Russian regions
At the business breakfast, Finnish business advisors act as hosts for theme tables devoted to the following topics:
St. Petersburg
Nizniy Novgorod

11:00 17:00

Company visits in Lahti (only for participants from Russia)


Departure from Lahti Fair Centre


Presentation of Oilon Ltd and Energon Address: Metsa-Pietilankatu 1, 15801 Lahti Company presentation, Oilon Ltd Eero Pekkola, CEO Founded in 1961, Oilon is a Finnish family-owned energy and environmental technology company. We manufacture and sell burners and combustion systems for liquid and gaseous fuels in the capacity range of 10 kW 80 MW, Scancool industrial heat pumps and cooling plants, ground source heat pumps for heating houses and Solar heat collectors. Our products are used, for example, in power plants, waste incineration, marine boilers, district heating plants, for heating or cooling large buildings and facilities, and for heating private houses. Presentation of Energon Leif Ekholm, Head of Account Management Energon offers unique facilities for versatile research of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and also for testing new technology. Development of device technology into commercial products is one of Energons main goals. The Energon research center can be used for the development of liquid, gas and solid biofuels, equipment for utilizing solar energy, geothermal and air source heat pumps, and hybrid solutions.


Departure from Energon


: Ankkurikatu 7, 15140 Lahti 9,90


Lunch at Lastu restaurant in Sibelius Hall Address: Ankkurikatu 7, 15140 Lahti The price of lunch is 9,90 per person


Company presentation, Isku Isku is a Finnish family company that provides interior design and furniture solutions for public premises. We design, implement and market comprehensive interior design solutions that are functional and comfortable and meet the customer's needs for all public premises. Isku is one of the leading designers of work and office facilities, learning environments and care and special accommodation facilities in Finland. Our customers value the excellent service and flexible co-operation that Isku's personnel offer, interior design solutions that function well for their intended purpose, an extensive and high-quality range of products and services as well as design that withstands both time and wear.


Departure to Luhta Tower Address: Tiilimaenkatu 9, 15680 Lahti


Coffee break at Luhta Tower Company presentation, Luhta Luhtas unique design was just right for the fashion trends of the day. In the 1990s Luhta had became a group of companies and its name was changed to L-Fashion Group. L-Fashion Group is one of the biggest clothing manufacturers in Europe. The Group makes a turnover of about 258 million Euros and employs 1645 people. Exports activities cover in total over 40 countries. In addition to Luhta, the most famous brands of the Group are Rukka, Icepeak, Torstai, Sinisalo, Your FACE, J.A.P Company and Story. The group is responsible for the sales of Li-Ning brand in Europe. Visit to Luhta Outlet


Departure to Itella Address: Jokimaentie 2, 16320 Pennala


Company presentation, Itella Itella is your first choice in postal, logistics and e-commerce services. We manage the flow of commerce and everyday life in 11 countries. Our net sales in 2013 amounted to EUR 1,977 million. We employ approximately 26,000 professionals. We deliver corporate services under the Itella brand, while the Posti brand is used for services targeted at consumers in Finland. Itella is owned by the state of Finland, providing us a credible background and long-term commitment to our strategy.


Departure to St. Petersburg from solo Sokos Hotel

Jyrki Myllyvirta
Mayor - The City of Lahti
Valery Shlyamin
The Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Finland
Pauli Noronen
Senior Business Adviser - Tekes - The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Mato Valtonen
Leader of the legendary band "Leningrad Cowboys"
Ville Skinnari
Counsel, LL.M - Lexia Attorneys
Sami Kalliokoski
Head - Electria Unit - Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Sergey Troshkov
Project coordinator - Rubicon
Maxim Balanev
Executive director - Enterprise Europe Network - St. Petersburg Branch
Oleg Kotin
CEO & owner - Biopharmos Group
Victoria Krasilshchikova
Founder & Chairman of the Board - Kids Friendly Media Oy
Grigory Rozhkov
Director-General - Partnership St. Petersburg-London-2003
Polina Kachurina
Ambassador - ITMO University
Sari Toivonen
Senior Director - Finpro - Invest in Finland