RAG Blog: European Robotics Forum 2017 in Edinburgh focuses on IoT+AI and Robotics – Europe is a global leader in service robotics!

I attended ERF2017 in Edinburgh last week 22.-24.3.2017. My interest is applying robotics for healthy aging and assisted autonomous living, so I followed tracks on Artificial Intelligence (AICoR), Health, Social Impact, Ethical Legal and Societal. I did not follow Industrial, Agri-Food, Harsh Environments, Space, Underwater, Maintenance and Inspection, Logistics, Construction, Neurobotics, Miniaturized, System Engineering, Innovation, […]

RAG BLOG: What is the state of the Swedish innovation ecosystem for eHealth?

It was inspiring two days 24-25 January at MVTe in Kista Sweden – Meeting place for welfare technology and e-health – trade show and conference. I met many exhibitors and listened to selected talks targeted at the exhibition visitors. The exhibit presented caregivers, carereceivers, innovators and solution providers working at the Swedish and the Nordic […]

RAG BLOG: Innovation for healthy aging

Developed nations are facing common challenges related to aging population. The effort required to provide care services to an increasing ratio of people is becoming unbearable when following traditional service models – something new needs to be invented! Human labor in developed nations is costly, so could robotics help saving costs by letting machines take […]

Growth start for the year with Finland Dinners in New York City

In this series of events organized by Rapid Action Group and Amcham Finland, seven excellent Finnish and one Estonian food producer as well as one of the most prestigious Finnish design brands will introduce their offering to the US market. The participating companies are Estofoods, Finlayson, Goodio, Heimon Kala, Helsinki Wildfoods, Kiantama (Biokia), Makulaku, Muuti, […]

Finnish Food embracing New York City

Rapid Action Group teams up Finnish food producers to take over New York City in September. They will meet prominent local buyers and the program includes also a visit  to NORTH Food Festival http://nordicfoodfestival.org For more information please contact: Iida Korhonen Leading Consultant +358 40 060 2713 iida.korhonen (at) rag.fi Suomalainen ruoka valloittaa New Yorkin 22.9.-27.9. […]

Innovation needs (he)arts

RAG was one of the proud hosts of world-famous Italian Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto who visited Finland in March, 2015. Panel discussion “Innovation needs (he)arts” on 24 March, 2015 was held in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. What a great opportunity it was to hear and reflect the ideas of innovation, and how innovation […]

We did it together!

“Together with Rapid Action Groups Founding Partner Tuija Heikura we were able to compose successful proposal to EU Horizon 2020 SME Instrument (Phase 1). Despite the tight schedule we succeeded”, says Marja Jaurakkajärvi with smile on her face. Marja Jaurakkajärvi is vice president in Business Development in NewIcon Oy  

The Beginning

Once upon a Time in 2014… …24 of us came together with different backgrounds: business developers, serial entrepreneurs, designers, artists, members of the parliament, innovation specialists and researchers. We had all sat in committees with visionary goals and full of talk – and seen little change. Somehow there had always seemed to be a missing […]