Finnish AI Region launch event at the University of Helsinki's Science Corner on April 4, 2023 from 9 am to 11 am

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Finnish AI Region is building a new artificial intelligence ecosystem in Finland, which will accelerate the business of SMEs through automation and digitization based on artificial intelligence.

Join us at the kick-off event of the Finnish AI Region (FAIR), which will be held at the University of Helsinki's Science Corner on April 4, 2023, from 9 to 11 a.m., where you can learn about the extensive free services for SMEs of the new European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH).

The innovation hub, funded by the European Union, Business Finland and the Innovation Fund of the City of Helsinki, aims to speed up the large-scale introduction of artificial intelligence in small and medium-sized companies.

FAIR's technological focus is on artificial intelligence, but at the same time it also offers expertise in the field of extended reality (XR), cyber security, funding search and high-performance computing. The services are primarily free for SMEs.

The speakers at the event are Ilona Lundström, director general of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Kalle Toivonen, director of FAIR, and Lukas Lundin of Microsoft. You can get more information about FAIR and its services by contacting or visiting: The event is held in English.

Program of the event

  • Opening speech on the importance of artificial intelligence in business - Ilona Lundström, CEO TEM, Innovations and corporate finance
  • Presentation of FAIR's services - Kalle Toivonen, FAIR director, City of Helsinki
  • Application of generative artificial intelligence in business - Lukas Lundin, Microsoft, Azure Go-to market Manager
  • Questions and Networking             

Time and place of the event

Tuesday 4 April 2023 from 9 to 11.
Science Corner (University of Helsinki)
Yliopistonkatu 4
00100 Helsinki

The event will also be streamed. You will receive the link upon registration. Register for the event at:

But what is EDIH?

European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) are part of the EU's new flagship initiative Digital Europe program. They act as service centers that accelerate digital investments and digitization of SMEs. The goal is to make new technologies more widely and quickly available to companies and public services.

EDIHs act as non-profit service centers that accelerate digital investments and especially the digitalization of the business field, but also of the public sector. In practice, EDIHs are consortia based on existing organizations and activities that support the goals of the EDIH concept. Most of the time, however, the EDIH consortium itself is a new association that offers a new kind of service package.

The Europe-wide network enables customers to search for suitable, specialized services from all over Europe. As a result of the high-level competition held in 2021-2022, four European innovation hubs will be established in Finland. The choices were made by the European Commission with the support of external experts.

About FAIR

FAIR – Finnish AI Region EDIH consists of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, CSC, KIRAHub and EIT Digital.

The goal of the consortium is to create a world-leading ecosystem for the use of artificial intelligence in Finland, and especially to speed up and expand the adoption of artificial intelligence in SMEs. FAIR offers companies Finnish/European/world excellence and various services related to artificial intelligence, from test platforms and supercomputers to the competence pool of 60 professors and a group of researchers.

The services of the FAIR innovation hub are divided into four categories: experimental platforms, support to finding investements, competence development and networking support and innovation ecosystem building. FAIR's activities are especially aimed at SMEs in the service sector, and services are offered to companies free of charge.

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