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Nokia to Release Ideas and Innovations to Finnish ICT companies Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 May 2009

Nokia to Release Ideas and Innovations to Finnish ICT companies; Ground Breaking Partnership Model Aims to Kick-Start New Success Stories - Unique Initiative to Recycle Innovations Coordinated by Technopolis and Funded by Finnish Government and Cities

Helsinki, Finland - May 6, 2009 - Nokia, Technopolis and Tekes today unveiled the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill, a ground breaking initiative to recycle Nokia's unused ideas and innovations to selected Finnish ICT companies for further development and exploitation. Prepared and launched in cooperation with several Finnish cities, the initiative aims to match ideas with companies that will be able to develop them into world-class products and services.

Nokia's research and development efforts produce massive amounts of new mobile innovations. Only a fraction of the ideas and concepts finally make it in the market as part of Nokia's offering. Consequently, over the years, thousands of potentially successful innovations have been shelved.

This unique initiative to recycle innovations stems from the founding organizations' commitment to strengthen the Finnish ICT sector and generate new, internationally competitive businesses. The investments in the development projects to be launched as part of the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill are expected to total up to 8 Million Euros, including 4.5 Million Euros of public funding.

The three-year initiative is a joint effort by Nokia, Technopolis, Tekes and several Finnish cities. Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has granted a significant amount of the public funding. Technopolis, one of Europe's largest science and technology park chains, will coordinate the initiative and provide business development services to support and enhance the funding effort. The participating cities add to the funding with the aim of boosting the ICT sector in their regions.

"We feel it's important to support the birth and growth of Finnish companies that base their offering on technology and service innovations and aim to build internationally competitive businesses," said Mr. Esko Aho, Nokia's Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Responsibility. "As we will not take all of the innovations generated by our R&D into production, we are happy to give other competent companies the opportunity to turn these innovations into success stories."

"Speeding up the economy calls for a new degree of openness. We hope that the Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill sets an example that companies across other sectors will follow. The current economic climate is just right for a critical evaluation of intellectual property portfolios and the release of the innovations that are more suitable for others to exploit," continued Aho.

The innovations released by Nokia are in areas such as environmental and energy-related solutions, location based services and advertising, near field communication, mobile security, health care applications and future internet services, among others. The objective is to evaluate the thousands of available innovations and select around one hundred to be matched with a company which demonstrates the best ability to exploit them, and which is then granted funding for further development and commercialization.

"More efficient utilization of existing innovations is a novel and interesting perspective in boosting R&D and innovation," said Mr. Martti af Heurlin, Deputy Director General of Tekes."The Nokia Technopolis Innovation Mill is fully aligned with the Finnish national strategic intent to develop new knowledge intensive ventures. Ideally, the initiative will create significant volumes of new international business."

"Nokia is demonstrating exceptional corporate responsibility by releasing innovations for further development and use without compensation," said Mr. Keith Silverang, CEO of Technopolis. "In economically challenging times we need these kinds of collaborative initiatives that benefit the community as a whole. On top of the innovation and financial support, the participating companies will be offered a wide range of Technopolis business development services to help them ramp-up their businesses swiftly."

A selection committee formed by Nokia, Technopolis and Tekes representatives has already started screening and evaluating the available innovations and candidate companies interested in one or more of the ideas. Potential companies are being screened primarily from the databases of Technopolis, Tekes and the participating cities.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world's number one manufacturer of mobile devices by market share and a leader in the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a wide range of devices for all major consumer segments and offer Internet services that enable people to experience music, maps, media, messaging and games. We also provide comprehensive digital map information through NAVTEQ and equipment, solutions and services for communications networks through Nokia Siemens Networks. www.nokia.com

About Technopolis
Measured by the number of clients, Technopolis Plc is one of Europe's largest science and technology park chains. The Technopolis Group is Finland's largest specialized provider of business environment services for high tech companies offering a comprehensive range of services combining modern premises with business and business development services. Technopolis operates or is in the process of building technology centers in Espoo, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere and Vantaa in Finland, and in St. Petersburg in Russia. Currently, some 1,175 companies with 16,000 employees are working in the Technopolis technology centers. www.technopolis.fi

About Tekes
Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, is the main government funding and expert organisation for R&D and innovation in Finland. Tekes finances industrial R&D projects as well as projects in universities and research institutes. Approximately half of Tekes funding is channeled through its diverse range of programmes. www.tekes.fi/eng



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