Forum Virium Helsinki members get the best possible insight into Helsinki’s development into an open and smart city.

What’s more, the members can get involved in projects at the planning stage. Member companies also help steer Forum Virium Helsinki’s actions. This is done through the Steering Group and the Board of Directors. The Steering Group decides upon the strategy, the action plan, budget and the acceptance of new members as well as initiating and terminating projects.

Another important collaboration group is the nearly 300 SMEs who have already taken part in the Growth Coaching programme. Forum Virium Helsinki’s collaboration with these high-growth companies provides the partner companies with a comprehensive view of the capital region’s start-up scene.

Affecto

Affecto´s solutions for information management and business analytics help organisations to improve productivity and competitiveness with superior use of information in decision making and execution. Affecto also deliver operational solutions for improving and simplifying processes at customer organisations and offer geographic information services. www.affecto.com

CGI

CGI is a global business with 65,000 professionals in 40 countries, who provide end-to-end IT and business process services that facilitate the ongoing evolution of our clients’ businesses. www.cgi.fi

Elisa

Elisa is an international communications services provider. www.elisa.com

Finnvera

Finnvera is a Finnish state-owned specialised financing company. It provides its clients with loans, guarantees, venture capital investments and export credit guarantees. www.finnvera.fi

Helen

Helen Ltd’s energy production is awarded as the most efficient in the world. Helen has almost 400,000 customers throughout Finland and it’s district heat covers over 90% of Helsinki’s heating needs. Helen Ltd’s energy production is awarded as the most efficient in the world. www.helen.fi/en

City of Helsinki

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. Over 1.3 million residents live in the metropolitan area. As an economic centre, it provides 738,100 jobs. www.hel.fi

IBM

IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and it offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. www.ibm.com

Siemens

Siemens provides innovative technologies, solutions and consultation. Its business sectors are energy, industry and healthcare. www.siemens.com

Sitra

Sitra is an independent public fund under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament. Its central task is to promote social wellbeing. www.sitra.fi

Sponda

Sponda is a real estate investment company that specializes in leasing business premises and developing and owning properties. Sponda’s office, retail and logistics properties are located in the largest cities in Finland and Russia. www.sponda.fi/en

Tekes

Tekes finances and promotes the R&D projects and innovation activities of Finnish enterprises, universities, higher education institutions and research institutes. www.tekes.fi

TeliaSonera

TeliaSonera is a leading telecommunications solutions provider. www.teliasonera.com

TIEKE

TIEKE, the Finnish Information Society Development Centre, promotes the development of the information society in Finland. It aims to connect the many different players involved in developing the Finnish information society. www.tieke.fi

Tieto

Tieto provides IT, product development and consulting services in the Nordic countries. In some segments, its operations are global. www.tieto.com

VTT

VTT is Northern Europe’s largest applied research organisation, which produces a wide range of technology services and research services both for domestic and international customers in both the private and public sectors. www.vtt.fi

YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company

Yle is the Finnish state broadcasting corporation. www.yle.fi

Board

chair: Director of Economic Development Marja-Leena Rinkineva, City of Helsinki

ICT and Communications Manager Markku Raitio, City of Helsinki

director, Information and Technology Services Mikko Pitkänen, Elisa

Deputy Country General Manager Kaija Sellman, IBM Finland

City of Helsinki group lawyer Atte Malmström, City of Helsinki

secretary: director Mika Malin, Forum Virium Helsinki

Steering group

chair: Markku Raitio, City of Helsinki

Affecto – 
Arto Lamminen
CGI – Sohvi Puro
City of Helsinki – 
Santtu von Bruun (Jussi Nissilä)
Demos – Tuuli Koskinen (Johannes Koponen)
DIMECC – Ülo Parts (Essi Huttu)
EIT Digital – 
Marko Turpeinen
Elisa – 
Kari Lehtinen (Mikko Pitkänen)
Federation of Finnish Technology Industries –
Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE)
 – Anssi Komulainen (
Petri Home)
Helen – 
Perttu Lahtinen
IBM – 
Susanne Nygård (Kurt Dunderfelt)
Ministry of traffic and communications – Emil Asp
Sitra – 
Marja Pirttivaara
Sponda – 
Veli-Pekka Tanhuanpää
Tekes
 – Karin Wikman
Telia
 – Ainokaisa Saarinen
Tieke – 
Kirsti Timperi
Tieto – 
Jouni Laine
 (Jukka Huttula)
VTT
 – Caj Södergård (
Harri Nurmi)