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Grand Intro on the 20th of February introduced eTools for entrepreneurs

lähettänyt Helena Laitinen 5.3.2014 klo 5.24

By Terhi Jantunen, Project Manager of InnoBus (ENPI SE312 -project)

On the 20th of February 2014 the Grand Intro event of eTools for internationalization and modernization of cross-border companies was held in ITMO - University for Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg. The audience of about 40 people representing cross-border companies and organizations gathered together in premises of ITMO for learning about new eTools, discussion and international networking.

Ville Paasonen from Miktech Ltd. opened the event by welcoming all the participants to the interesting introducing event. Valentin Makarov from Russoft association gave through and wide focused presentation in the sphere of innovation and software development in Russia. He stated that Russia has taken the second place after India in global programming business. Russians have won many first prizes in software development and with inspiring now there has grown already impressive mass of programmers and the culture within software development is strong.

Terhi Jantunen from Wirma Lappeenranta Ltd. gave short presentation about awesome InnoBus project, which works actively in large field of cross-border innovation and business cooperation. She also invited all participants to join EU-Russia Innovation Forum next summer, 4-6 June in Lappeenranta.

Andrey Rybin and Andrey Ivanov from ITMO represented the first InnoBus eTool: Web-based self-assessment tool for the internationalization process of SMEs. Self-assessment tool includes virtual consultation service for promoting cross-border business. Ivanov showed online demo of the service. The idea is that using the service, companies get connected to the consultants in the system and get online solutions to their business challenges. Vivid discussion followed as some people from the public asked detailed questions how the service would work in reality and to be profitable.

Kimmo Haapea from Miktech Ltd. represented Progress tool, which is quite widely used tool to find out growth ambitious and encourage companies to develop and start growing the business. Within InnoBus project Progress tool has been translated in Russian and Mr Haapea has done four piloting cases for Russian SMEs. OOO Ekopromstroy was one of the piloting cases. The director Viktor Dmitriev introduced his company and told about experiences of Progress piloting. Based on the analysis Ekopromstroy appeared to be quite eager to grow. Encouraged by the Progress analysis they have started to accomplish plan to grow and employed an English speaking sales person to broaden market. Progress in Russian aroused interest among the public. Progress is high-level professional tool for business development, which is most useful when used with an expert.

        

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