Arctic Business Dating or Napalaakson Yritystreffit was held on 23th of November 2016 in Lapland University of Applied Sciences in Jokiväylä 11. InnoBarentsLab was one of the main organizers of this event as some of our members were involved in organizing of the event and all of us were making sure that everything is running smoothly!
The event started at 10 o’clock with welcoming speeches by Leena Alalääkkölä, Kaisa Lammi, Katarína Hollá and Leena Svanberg. During the morning part, there was International Fair running in the main hall, organized and prepared by international 1st year students of International Business program with the help of our member – Kate. They have prepared stands where they were presenting their countries, altogether it was 9 different countries – Finland, China, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Iran/Azerbaijan, Hungary, Russia, United Kingdom and Spain. Their stands were really interesting and there was many different things to see what most of us didn’t even have an idea about!
In Borealis Auditorium were at the same time presented pitches by Napalaakso enterprises, where Laura and Nina were taking care that everything is running smoothly. After that students from Napalaakso enterprises visited International Business students at their stands, read their brochures, asked some questions, and finally got to know 9 different cultures within such a short time.
In the afternoon, students had a chance to listen to very interesting entrepreneurial stories. First speaker was Juha Eskelinen who was talking about his famous company located in Rovaniemi – CafeBar21. Second speaker was Olli Huotari who talked about his success story with company Mandragora. The third speech was about Nutmegger PR by Rob Patterson which was really interesting to listen for every student who was present.
The next on the program was Arctic Business Dating which aim was to get together Finnish students with International students of Lapland UAS. IBL members – Raivis and Kate created great program which consisted of Ice-breaking activities, Arctic freeze challenge and in general activities which made everyone get to know each other better and most importantly laugh and have fun!
At the end of the day, winners of the event were chosen and we can say that it was a successful day! Everyone was leaving home exhausted but proud and happy!
Stay tuned for the AFTERVIDEO and all the AMAZING PICTURES coming up SOON!
Author: Katarína Hollá
Photos: Roni Mäläskä, An Tran