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Finnzone

Tervetuloa!  Welcome!  Serving Finland technology companies entering or expanding in U.S. & North American markets

The soft landing and commercial launchpad for your Finnish company seeking a presence in the U.S.

FinnZone is a soft landing and commercial launchpad established in 2018 in Houghton-Hancock, Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan for Finnish companies seeking to establish a presence in the U.S. and access the large markets of North America. FinnZone provides assistance to Finnish SME’s with site location, market entry and commercialization in the U.S. FinnZone is comprised of MTEC SmartZone – a State of Michigan supported incubator and innovation center, Michigan Technological University and Finlandia (Suomi) University, as well as several U.S. economic development organizations.

Amazing Beauty, Great Opportunity

From the word’s largest Great Lake to advancing new technologies, we have the perfect mix of expertise, nature and passion for your people, your business.

Discover the Keweenaw

Finnish heritage, industry relationships, and STEM talent from a top Midwest University will help connect you to the U.S. Market

Kevin Manninen

Kevin Manninen

Co-Director

Dean, International School of Business, Finlandia University

Education:
MBA Eastern Michigan University

Patrick Visser

Patrick Visser

Founder & Co-Director

Chief Commercial Officer, MTEC SmartZone

Education:
MBA Michigan State University

Jeff Ratcliffe

Jeff Ratcliffe

Member

Executive Director, Keweenaw Economic Developent Alliance

Education:
MA George Washington Univerisity

Todd Holmstrom

Todd Holmstrom

Member

Chairman of Economic Development, Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners Education: MS National War College BA Northern Michigan University
Pasi Lautala

Pasi Lautala

Member

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech University Education: Ph.D Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech University BS Tempere University of Technology
Mark Rudnicki

Mark Rudnicki

Member

Professor of Practice, Forest Biomaterials;  Coordinator, Industrial Research, Michigan Tech University Ph.D Forest Biology & Management, University of Alberta MS Forestry, Michigan Tech University
Jerry Wuorenmaa

Jerry Wuorenmaa

Member

Executive Director, Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regions

Education:
MA Urban Planning, Minnesota State University

KARIN Bäcklund-VANDYKE

KARIN Bäcklund-VANDYKE

Member

Vice President, External Relations and Advancement, Finlandia University

Education:
BS Forestry Management, Michigan Tech University

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