Rubicon Forum - The 2nd FinnishRussian Forum of investment and business opportunities


Date-time to begin:

28.11.2013 13:00


Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

Rubicon Forum, the main Russian-Finnish investment event of the year is a communication platform between Russian companies and Finnish service providers and public sector organizations interested in attracting new businesses from Russia. Rubicon Forum offers very practical approach, useful information, maximum interactivity and a lot of valuable contacts. In 2013 the event was organized by Rubicon project, which supports Russian investors and Russian-owned companies doing business in Finland, and investment promotion agency for Helsinki metropolitan area Helsinki Business Hub.

Finlandia Hall, 1st floor


Grand Opening of Rubicon Forum

  • Tuomo Airaksinen,Executive Vice President, Invest in Finland
  • Sergey Belyakov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
  • Hannu Kemppainen, Executive Director, Steering and Networks at Tekes
  • Valery Shlyamin, the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Finland
  • Sergey Troshkov, Rubicon project coordinator, Cursor Oy

Key note speakers share their views on attractiveness of Finnish innovation ecosystem for Russian businesses, shed light on the Finnish innovation support system and introduce some on-going Russian investment projects in Finland.

Themes for discussion:

  • Investment promotion: Why Finland is important for Russia and Russia for Finland?
  • Russian business and investors as a discussion topic in Finland?
  • Is it possible for enterprises with Russian capital to actually use the financial support and grants from Finnish governmental organizations?
  • What are the reasons for Yandex building a data-center in Finland, Rusnano investing in innovative Finnish company and Roman Rotenberg buying an ice-hockey stadium in Helsinki?
  • What should "Team Finland" do to attract more Russian investments to Finland and provide them better services.


Coffee break


Success stories of Russian companies in Finland
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki hall, 2nd floor


  • Alexander Khromov, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cytomed Oy
  • Vladimir Dosov, Director, Varma Electronics Oy
  • Victoria Krasilshikova, Chief Editor and Owner of Kids Friendly Media Oy
  • Oleg Kotin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pharmbiotech Oy
  • Vladimir Robush, Member of the Board of Directors, Navis Engineering Oy
  • Polina Kachurina, Business Development Manager, Vitim Oy
  • Sergei Kapanen, CEO, Caviar Empirik Oy

Russian companies share their experiences of doing business in Finland, tell about their success and failure, clients and partners, how to overcome barriers and how they see the characteristics of Finnish business culture. Wide range of viewpoints represented in Rubicon Forum gives an objective and comprehensive insight on Russian business in Finland. Interactive format of the session provides participants with an opportunity to give comments and questions to the speakers.

Invited speakers of the session are Russian owners and managers of manufacturing and IT-companies, innovative startups, service and logistics companies, hotels and other businesses with Russian capital operating in Finland.


Lunch and networking
Finlandia Hall, foyer of Helsinki hall


See and experience Otaniemi - the largest technology, innovation and business hub in the Northern Europe
Otaniemi hub

An excursion for startups, business incubators and all other participants of the Forum to get to know the most important element of the Finnish innovation system.

The following topics will be presented to the visitors:

  • Otaniemi Hitech Hub
  • Kaato Executive Business-In Partner
  • Introduction to Aalto University
  • 3D Printing Revolution (at Aalto Digital Design Laboratory)
  • Global App Development at AppCampus
  • University Company Collaboration (at Aalto Design Factory)
  • Microsystems and MEMS Development (at VTT & Aalto Micronova)
World Caf: moderated discussions between Russian investors and Finnish experts
Finlandia Hall, Veranda 1, ground floor

Forum participants will get an opportunity for group and one-to-one discussions on the following topics:

  • logistics and premises
  • sales and marketing
  • financing
  • taxes and accounting
  • business development
  • legal and expat services


Networking reception
Kmp Kansalissali

Reception is hosted by Helsinki City. Champagne, entertainment, networking and many new useful contacts are guaranteed.


Rubicon Test Drive: pitching session of Russian businesses and organisations

Russian companies present their business ideas, needs for partners and services in Finland and receive feedback from Finnish experts. The format of the session: 10-minute presentations and 5 minutes of comments.

Moderator: Maxim Balanev, Executive director, St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development

Rubicon Business Arena: master classes and training from Finnish business experts
  • Similar or different? The most important things Russian businessmen must understand about Finnish business culture
    Timo Helosuo

  • Finland as a stepping stone to global markets
    Peter Zashev

  • Finnish corporate taxation system
    Stanislav Chakhovich

  • Possible legal pitfalls when entering the Finnish market
    Matti Honkanen

  • Internationalization - a challenging process and project
    Tom Hultin


Lunch and networking


Consultations between Russian investors and Finnish experts

Possibility forone-to-one meetings with Russian investors to discuss theirinvestment projects, business ideas and service needs in Finland.

Sergey Belyakov
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Participation to be confirmed
Tuomo Airaksinen
The Head of the National Investment Promotion Agency of Finland Invest in Finland
Hannu Kemppainen
Executive Director, Steering and Networks at Tekes the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
Valery Shlyamin
The Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Finland
Timo Helosuo
MBA, EFQM Assessor, CEO and Rector of Management Institute of Finland (MIF)
Sergey Troshkov
Head of FDI department at Cursor Oy, Rubicon project coordinator, practicing business consultant and lecturer, a member of the Board of directors of several Finnish companies with Russian capital
Stanislav Chakhovich
Director,Transactions & Restructuring, Head of T&R Russian Group at KPMG Oy Ab
Peter Zashev
Partner at IBS Group Ltd.
Matti Honkanen
Partner in Attorneys at Law Teperi & Co Oy
Tom Hultin
Managing Partner at Hultin Partners Ltd