redefine the next normal with us.

Future & growth

SHIFT is always about people and ideas, future and growth. This year the stage program focuses on three main program tracks: Circular Economy, AI & Digital Trust and Food Tech. These three topics are at the centre of redefining the next normal, determining how to conduct business in the future.

And more

According to the Guinness World Records, the World’s Largest Business Speed Dating event took place at JCI Limburg event with 1,068 people in 2014. Together with sTARTUp Day, we’re bringing together at least 1,074 visitors, startups, investors & executives for an epic speed dating record attempt on August 25–27. All 1:1 interactions last 4 minutes and will take place on a virtual platform where you can choose your interests to ensure you meet the right people.
Business Speed Dating on 25-27 August


Additions to be expected during summer

Pia Santavirta

Managing Director, Finnish Venture Capital Association

Bruce Schneier

Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Alf Rehn

Professor, University of Southern Denmark

Christine Bejerasco

Vice President, Tactical Defense Unit, F-Secure

Hedvig Kjellström

Principal AI Scientist, Silo AI

Henrietta Moon

CEO & Co-Founder, Carbo Culture

Laura Pääkkönen

Co-Founder, Bonfire Agency & Bonfire Business Media

John Kelleher

Academic Leader, Technological University Dublin

Turo Numminen

Startup Investments, Sofokus Ventures

Lauri Reuter

Partner, Nordic FoodTech VC

Giovanni Schiuma

Head of School of Business Engineering in Digital Management, LUM University

Simo Ellilä

CEO, eniferBio

Vesa Riihimäki

Head of Startup & Growth Finland, Nordea

Tuuli Saukkonen

Communications Strategist, Finnish Business Angels Network, FiBAN

Megan Schaible

COO, Reaktor Education, Reaktor

Tomi Kaukinen

Founder & Keynote Speaker, Licence to Fail

Nanna Hänninen

Photographic Artist, Founder and CEO, Neemo Method

Cecilie Ploug Sarp

International Business developer & Expert in Circular Economy, Azilis Advisory

Elina Kiiski-Kataja

Director, Research, Ellun Kanat

Mikael Nylund

CEO, Gofore

Vatsal Mehta

Vice President, Solutions Engineering & Partnerships, Facebook

Kim Väisänen

Startup Investor

Riku Seppälä

Founder & Partner ,

Reetta Kivelä

Professor of Practice, University of Helsinki

Charlotte Aschim

CEO & Founder, TotalCtrl

Iida Miettinen

CEO & Founder, Kamupak

Saku Sänkiaho

Senior Manager, KPMG

Mikael Lönnroth

Founding Partner, Saari Partners

Anni Pohto

Artist, Northern Atlantis

Elina Lappalainen

Journalist at HS Visio, Helsingin Sanomat

Julianna Borsos

Chair & Founding Partner, Bocap Private Equity Funds

Kimmo Vanne

Partner, MB Funds

Janne Saarikko

Food Ecosystems Evangelist, Founder Institute

Kirsi Ihalainen

CEO & Founder, Kelosound

Samuli Sipilä

Partner & Managing Director, Juuri Partners

Harri Latva-Mäenpää

Innovation Director, Foodwest

Anton Johansson

Chief Financial Officer, Mycorena

Thuong Tan

Founder, Noodelist

Ville Koskenvuo

Partner, Vaaka Partners

Jyri Arponen

Senior Lead, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Oskar Levander

SVP Business Concepts, Kongsberg Maritime Finland

Taavi Erkkola

Monitoring and reporting workstream Lead, UNAIDS

Soh Kim

Executive Director of Food Design Research, Stanford University

Amanda Rejström

CEO & Co-Founder, Spark Sustainability

Michael Pittelkow

Executive Economic Development Cooperation, SAP

Juha Pietiläinen

Book publisher and translator, Terra Cognita

Tuuli Ahava

Director, Application Program, Digital Automation, Nokia

COVID-19 & safety

The health and safety of you and other attendees is our priority. To ensure that the event is safe for everyone, we kindly ask everyone to follow the instructions by the operational team. We thank you for your cooperation.

At the venue, we take the official safety measures required by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare and Regional State Administrative Agency. You’ll find signs and stickers showing the safe distance when queuing and taking part in the program. You’ll also find hand sanitizer and disposable tissues throughout the venue. 

The staff will be wearing masks for the duration of the event and we ask you to do the same thing. When coughing or sneezing, please cover your nose and mouth with a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, please use the upper parts of your shirt or sleeve, not your hands.

If you have even the slightest symptoms of respiratory infection, we kindly ask you to attend the virtual parts of the festival only.Please follow the instructions given, so we can ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all.