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Talent Boost Summit 2021

Talent Boost Summit is an annual event which aims at finding answers to how together with international talents Finland’s labor shortage can be solved as well as creating new innovations and growth. The Summit is aimed at organizations that want to expand their talent pool outside of Finland and among the international talents already living in Finland.

The first day of the Summit will be kicked off by Nokia’s Head of Inclusion & Diversity Anneli Karlstedt. In her keynote she will address the relevance of diversity to successful business. ETLA Economic Research CEO Aki Kangasharju will end the seminar part of the program by sharing his visions on the role of international talents in building economic growth and competitiveness in the post-pandemic era.


The afternoon is reserved for short, pre-booked 1:1 meetings between employers and international talents. The virtual event platform will be open for meeting bookings also on the second day of the Summit.


  • information on why and how to boost your business by building a diverse organization
  • in addition to valuable candidate leads the opportunity to easily and cost effectively build an employer brand among international talents in Finland and abroad.

Examples of concrete benefits:

  • screen the profiles of international talents in advance and book virtual 1:1 meetings
  • employer visibility by showcasing your organization and open positions on a virtual stand
  • attract candidates by hosting a 45 min session on a virtual stand
  • gain information on services available to support international recruitments and increasing diversity in your organization


Thursday 28.10.2021

8:45 Welcome words
9:00 Keynote: Business advantage through inclusion & diversity, Anneli Karlstedt, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Nokia
9:30 Panel discussion
Public-Private-People Partnerships supporting talent attraction & retention
10:15 Break
10:30 Study and work in Finland
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Accessing the open and hidden job markets in Finland
13:30 Closing words
Talent attraction & retention boosting Finland’s post-COVID growth
Aki Kangasharju, CEO, ETLA Economic Research
14:00 Pre-booked online 1:1 meetings
Virtual stands
17:00 Event ends

Friday 29.10.2021

9:00 Pre-booked online 1:1 meetings
Virtual stands
17:00 Event ends


The event is aimed at both international talents and employers who want to expand their talent pool outside of Finland and among international talents in Finland. Employers can showcase their organization and network with international talents. Representatives of the Talent Boost -network offer their services related to international recruitment. Participants can prebook virtual meetings and join recruitment broadcasts. The event is an excellent opportunity for visibility to employers and job seekers alike.

The program is in English and text translated to Finnish when applicable.


The event is free of charge, please register by Oct 15 with the registration form. Invitations to the virtual Deal Room event platform will be sent on October 18. If the COVID situation allows, employers and talents can also meet in live events organized in the Talent Hubs around Finland.


Talent Boost Summit is organized by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Education and Culture, Course Towards Finland -project coordinated by ELY Center Southwest Finland, and Uusimaa TE-office coordinating the national model for international recruitment. This year is the fourth time the Summit is organized and the rotating coordination responsibility carried by City of Espoo. Turku Science Park Ltd. is a partner for the event.


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