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Reinvigorated Enterprise & Start-Ups

The Apple links continue. Senseg is a haptics technology company founded just five years ago, the start of Nokia's decline. Unlike haptics until this point, Senseg is working on creating complex textures rather than simply buzzing your fingertips. The aim is to make a corrugated surface feel corrugated, a rough surface rough, a soft surface soft.

The first products will ship by the end of this year and again Nokia is not Senseg's first port of call. "We are currently working with a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino," reveals Senseg senior vice president Ville Mäkinen.


Meanwhile hitting beta is HammerKit, an 'enterprise application store', which renders websites and their HTML in real time through a drag and drop interface. "We want to remove the need for the word 'web' in 'web designers'" said managing director Mark Sorsa-Leslie and so far Rovio, Nokia and BNP Paribas, the second largest banking group in the world, have come calling.

Outside the technology space there are others. MicroTask, a service for outsourcing repetitive office tasks, has taken on major international funding this year and Mendor, which has launched the first all-in-one blood glucose meter for diabetics, has just signed a distribution deal with the NHS. It is endemic of a new wave of entrepreneurialism and hunger within Finland. Even the aforementioned Aalto University runs the Entrepreneurship Society, a specialist extra-curricular workshop, funded by the founders of Skype, MySQL, Rovio, F-Secure and more.

Yet, despite all this, only a fool would completely write-off Nokia. Its days of individual handsets selling over 200m units (achieved by the Nokia 1100 back in 2003 when the mobile industry was just a fraction of its current size) may well be over, but there are suggestions of a recovery.

Matthew Bunton

September 3, 2013, 10:53 pm

A very interesting piece I hadn't realised that Nokia's market share fell so quickly.

You would have thought that Nokia's decline would have had a far greater affect on Finland.

Gordon Kelly

September 25, 2013, 1:31 pm

Thank you. Unfortunately it has continued to fall significantly since this article too. Finland is a remarkably adaptable country - now the Microsoft sale is also in motion it looks well positioned to still continue prospering.

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