NASDAQ/ OMX Amcham Workshop - Increase Transparency, Unleash Resources

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Presentation at NASDAQ/ OMX meeting on June 10, 2009

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  • 1. Increase Transparency, Unleash Resources Brief-on-the-Go at NASDAQ OMX: "Listing Growth Companies: An Efficient Way to Enter Capital Markets" June 10, 2009 Will Cardwell CEO, Technopolis Ventures Chairman, High Tech and Growth Entrepreneurship Committee, AmCham
  • 2. High Tech and Growth Entrepreneurship Committee seeks to help build an ecosystem where Finnish and American High Tech players – entrepreneurs, large corporates, investors, and service providers – network together, and focus on solutions to key challenges that limit the growth of Finnish high-growth enterprises.
  • 3. Plenty of Reasons to be Proud
    • #1 Competitive nation (IMD, Harvard)
    • #2 Innovations with commercial potential (MIT)
    • #2 World innovation index (Harvard)
    • #3 US patents/million citizens (USPTO)
    • #1 European patents/million citizens (EPO)
    • #2 R&D expenditures of GDP 3.5%, 2/3 by the private sector (OECD)
    • #1 Fraction of researchers in the total population (OECD)
    • #5 High-value creative jobs in the total economy (Carnegie Mellon) (US #11)
    • #2 Most competitive IT industry (OECD)
    • #1 Least corrupt (Transparency Intl.)
    • #1 Public education system (OECD)
    • #1-3 Penetration of mobile and Internet
    Some US companies have Discovered Finland
  • 4. The Challenge
    • While Finland communicates well at a Macro level, communications are light on actionable level
    • Transparency means improving the visibility of investment opportunities on physical (events, missions, congresses, etc) and digital platforms
    • Resources means primarily financial and human resources
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  • 7. AmCham High Tech Committee Baseline Study Project
    • We commissioned 4 Aalto students to help us summarize the climate for High Tech growth entrepreneurship
    • We designed a 6 point model within which to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the environment
    • We selected 3 focus areas where our members can play a strong role, and set out an agenda for these items
    • Program released at the NASDAQ/ OMX ”Brief-on-the-Go” event by AmCham High Tech and Growth Entrepreneurship Committee
  • 8. 3 Point Agenda for the next 12 to 36 months
    • Attracting major US-based venture capitalists to become more active in Finland, with the goal of seeing 4 of them eventually set up operations here
    • Support entrepreneurship in Finland through grassroots student movements like Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, as well as at the faculty level
    • Facilitate exchange of information between large US players’ innovation roadmaps and the Finnish innovation system
  • 9. Increase Transparency, Unleash Resources Thank You!