Rector of TTÜ Jaak Aaviksoo at the FinEst Future Forum, "The one who innovates survives"
On 17 May , the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö and the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves met at Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) Mektory to discuss future innovation and cooperation between Estonia and Finland.
The idea that ran through the forum was that the one that innovates survives.
The President of Finland Sauli Niinistö stated that the best way to succeed as small countries in a hard global competition is to have top-class expertise in certain fields. "Global megatrends like climate change, sustainability and digitalisation will generate high demand for cleantech, smart-city and new digital solutions. Both Finland and Estonia have a great chance of tackling such issues and would also benefit from such a development economically."
According to the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, good relations between Estonia and Finland offer various good opportunities, "We can set an example for the rest of Europe to show how today's convenient e-services, such as e-prescription, can become a cross-border service. To achieve that goal, we promptly need to reach a common understanding about legal solutions and the shaping of processes, as this is the only way to use these opportunities offered by technology." He asserted that in the digital world the distance between countries has no importance, since the data can move safely across borders via networks.
"The one who innovates survives - that is the key to success, as well as the solution and it is true in case of individual people, institutions and companies, nations and countries, and last but not least universities," TTÜ Rector Academician Jaak Aaviksoo said at the forum.
Kirsti Narinen, Ambassador of Finland in Estonia, Erkki Raasuke, Member of the Management Board of LHV Group, Sten Tamkivi, a co-founder and CEO at Teleport, Lenina Rautonen, an entrepreneur, and Marianne Vikkula, President of Slush, also participated in the forum.
The forum sought answers to the following questions: how to re-achive the innovative capacity of the early 1990-s; what goals should be set for Estonia and Finland for the next 20 years; what is the attitude of young entrepreneurs and businessmen who have global reach to this part of Europe; who has the keys to success - the public or the private sector?
You can watch the forum at