Finland / Minnesota Trade Event

IMG_3131.jpgI attended the Finish Ambassador’s presentation at the Gutherie Theatre that was hosted by several of the Euro-American Minnesota Chamber organizations and the Minnesota Trade department.  The event marked a 100-year celebration of Finland’s independence.  Ms. Kirsti Kauppi,  the Finish Ambassador talked about Finland’s history and their strong capabilities in innovation.   There are many similarities between Minnesota and Finland and many reasons to explore collaboration and trade.


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Discover Global Markets – USCS

Discover Global Markets

The Discover Global Markets event lead by the US Commercial Service was on 11/17/14.   The event was focused on Healthcare opportunities globally.   The event gave an overview of how to work with the US Commercial Services and in partnership with the MN Trade Office.   Examples of opportunities where discussed over a number of global markets.   This event was key in building Federal relationships that have enabled both networking and in-country services for international business in my current projects and international joint venture projects.


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Russian Trade Minister Visit to UMN

Alexander StadnikI hosted Alexander Stadnik, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the United States of America, during his visit to Minnesota at the UMN on 2/25/15.   The visit included meetings with several of the science, agriculture, and engineering faculty to discuss areas of collaboration with Russian academic institutions.  My conversations with Mr. Stadnik spanned some of my experiences in innovation working at Microsoft,  innovation trends in the USA & globally,  and my current work at the UMN studying innovation centers around the globe in efforts to build those innovation assets in Minnesota.   Minnesota also has a fair sized Russian demographic and entrepreneurial community.    There is interest in creating opportunities for Russian companies, researchers and students to work collaboratively with institutions and corporations in the United States and Minnesota directly.   Since this meeting I have had the chance to meet directly with Russian representatives from their university and industry innovation centers.

Mr. Stadnik is currently based out of Washington D.C. representing trade relationships between Russian and the United States of America.    You can learn more about the USA/RU trade relationship and events at the Russian Trade Representation site.