Textile & Fashion Forum Helsinki 2023 main event consists of a keynote seminar, three parallel tracks in the afternoon, and an evening event. The day is hosted by André Noël Chaker. On the following day, October 27th company visits offer the chance to visit Finnish textile and fashion companies and research center in the Helsinki metropolitan area.


OCTOBER 26th: Textile & Fashion Forum Helsinki Main Event, Pikku-Finlandia

9:00-10:00: Registration and Breakfast

10:00-12:00: Keynote seminar
Opening words: Alberto Paccanelli, EURATEX President & Esko Hjelt, Vice Chairperson, Finnish Textile & Fashion
Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, CEO & President, Marimekko
Maria Intcher-Owrang, CEO & Co-Founder, Simplifyber
Video speech from EU Commission: Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner
Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Climate and the Environment of Finland

12:00-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Parallel tracks

1. Changing Consumer & Business​​: Circular Business Models

Kirsi Niinimäki, Associate Professor, Aalto University
Business Case: Martin Böschen, CEO, TEXAID
Timo Huhtamäki, CEO, Emmy & Mikko Siukosaari, Co-Founder, Ninyes Inc.

2. Green and Digital Transition: Framework Conditions for Green and Digital Industry

Introduction to the subject, Mauro Scalia, EURATEX
Business Case: Pure Waste, Jukka Pesola
Panel discussion: ​Jukka Pesola (Pure Waste), Carl Baekelandt (Concordia), Eriika Melkas (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland), Taru Jokinen (Lindström)​, moderator Mauro Scalia (EURATEX)

​3. Dare to Grow: Scaling the Business

Anne Valli, COO, Gugguu
Virva Vesanen, Head of Investor Relations, Spinnova
Jennie Rosen, CEO, Swedish Fashion Council

​15:00-15:30 Networking coffee

15:30-16:30: Parallel tracks

1. Changing Consumer & Business: Consumer Shift

Richard Federowski, Partner, Roland Berger
Liljana K. Forssten, Range Strategist, IKEA

2. Green and Digital Transition: Fashion Transparency & Traceability

​​​​Introduction to the subject & case Digital Product Passport, Emilia Gädda
Panel Discussion:  Marcus Hartmann (H&M), Mikko Linnaluoma (Reima), Anniina Nurmi, (Pro Ethical Trade), Inka Orko (VTT), moderator Emilia Gädda (Finnish Textile & Fashion)

3. Dare to Grow: Funding the Growth

Jetta Liukkonen, Founder & CEO, FabPatch & Heli Mehtätalo-Takala, Director, Marketing & Communications, Innovestor
Elina Holkko, Partner & CFO, Lifeline Ventures

16:40-17:00 Closing words
Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, Managing Director & Dirk Vantyghem, Director General, EURATEX

17:30-21:00 Evening event
Textile & Fashion Award, Music performance by Ida Elina, Networking

You can choose either to take sessions from the same track or mix them up.


OCTOBER 27th, Company Visits, Helsinki metropolitan area

Limited seats available. Pick-up and drop-off from Crowne Plaza, Mannerheimintie 50, 00260 Helsinki.

8:00 Departure and pick-up of the bus from Crowne Plaza
8:30-10:30 Marimekko, Herttoniemi
11:30- Aalto University or VTT & lunch
15:30 Drop-off by bus to Crowne Plaza

About Marimekko:
Marimekko is a Finnish lifestyle design company renowned for its original prints and colors. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. In 2022, the company’s net sales were EUR 167 million and comparable operating profit totaled EUR 30.4 million. Globally, there are roughly 150 Marimekko stores, and online store serves customers in 35 countries.

About Aalto University & Bioinnovation Center:

The Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is a Nordic leader in higher education for design, fashion, games, media, architecture, film, art education and fine art. Our graduates innovate in and beyond their fields, drawing on over a century of tradition of our institution, a humane and forward-looking approach, and the latest technologies. The combination of fashion and textile design and practice-oriented pedagogy is internationally recognized and unique. The Textile and Fashion Workshops are at the heart of learning and teaching of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Majors within the field. Aalto University Bioinnovation Center creates and produces new knowledge and innovations that help the transition towards bio and circular economy. The center brings together diverse people with different expertise to enhance unexpected findings and breakthroughs in material research, with special focus on textiles and packaging.  

About  VTT Bioruukki pilot centre

VTT Bioruukki pilot centre is an open access innovation platform for new bio-based products and circular economy solutions. Bioruukki is one of Europe’s largest open access pilot facilities, with a unique combination of pilot-scale process development units and R&D services. It offers unique expertise and piloting capabilities all under one roof. In the laboratories and pilot plant, customers of any size can develop and scale up innovations and processes, accelerating their innovation cycles.



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