The event consists of inspiring keynotes from global enterprises, demonstrations and startup pitching, as well as matchmaking and get-together opportunities.

The environment of the event, Bioeconomy Campus, offers multiple opportunities to test technologies in real circumstances, observe modern agriculture machinery and digital solutions in action - but also enjoy Finnish nature and the midnight sun.

Field and computer graphics

Event schedule

Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Registration & Get together - coffee and tea
Opening & welcome - Minna-Maaria Hiekkataipale, Vice Rector and Mika Karjalainen, Director of School of Technology, Jamk University of Applied Sciences together with event partners
Keynote speech - Hannu Haapala, Principal Researcher, Jamk Institute of Bioeconomy: Speeding up smart digitalization of agriculture - how to make it happen
Keynote speech – Lauri Reuter, Scientist turned Investor, Nordic Foodtech VC: Investors perspective to food- and ag-tech: what’s on the menu? 
Henrik Yli-Seppälä, Founder & Partner at Concilio Oy: Growth Opportunities - How to Internationalize Business?
Coffee Break
Keynote speech - Peter Vesterbacka, Chairman, Finest Future Ltd. / Former Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds / Top100 most influential people on the planet: Role of gaming industry and education in smart digital transformation of agribusiness
Keynote speech – Louisa Parker-Smith, Director of Global Sustainability, ESG and Government Affairs at AGCO Corporation: Sustainable agricultural machine production
Lunch Break & Networking
13:00 - 17:00
Farm demos straight from the field, Networking, Matchmaking and meetings, Get to know startups, Presentations
Keynote speech – Claus Grøn Sørensen, Professor, Aarhus University: Digitalization and the Green Transition
Keynote speech - Jari Matero, Senior Investment Lead at the Finnish Climate Fund: The Finnish Climate Fund financing smart digital transformation in agriculture – Trends and future outlook​
14:00 - 17:00
Side Event: Valtra Sustainability Day - Nordic Ecosystem of Smart Farming Technology.

  • Valtra, Mikko Lehikoinen, Vice President Marketing Valtra EME - Enabling partner ecosystems for farmers feeding the world
  • Knehtilä Farm, Palopuro Agroecological Symbiosis, Organic armer, Markus Eerola - The environmentally friendly way to farm
  • Loihde Advance,  Tuomas Lahtinen, Technical Director - Analytics 4 sustainability 
  • Yara, Stefan Dahlvik, Account Manager - Precision Farming and Green Fertilizers
  • Neste, Ashley Penn, Communications Specialist, on behalf of Neste - Trends in sustainable fuels
  • AGCO Power, Jarno Ratia, Director, Product Management Global Engines - Potential future fuels in agritechnology 
  • Lantmännen, Per Wretblad, Brand Manager and Jaakko Huokkola, Head of Grain, -Climate and Nature, Valtra alternative fuels
  • Case study projects on farms.
  • AGCO Finance  Jannis Kordt, Joint AGCO Finance and Lantmännen projects
  • Discussion panel

14:00 - 17:30  
Kaski2023 Pitching Competition Qualifiers 

  • 14:00 Welcoming words and instructions, Introduction of the Jury Members 
  • 14:10 Group 1: Data-driven agricultural technologies: Anicare, BeeSage SIA, Quanturi, SIA RoBaltic, Soil Scout, WeedBot
  • 14:55 Group 2: Enabling improved productivity and sustainability with data:  Boxhunt, DataSpace Europe Oy, FFBS, OKP4
  • 15:25 Break 
  • 15:40 Group 3: Soil and nutrient management & carbon sequestration: 3E Energy Oy, Applied Physics Instruments, FarmLEAP, Gaiago
  • 16:15 Group 4: Novel technical and service innovations: Agronnect, Carbon Balance Finland, EOD Europe,, Manna Insect, Optea AB, Robust Seed Technology A&F AB, Squee, Vacuum Wood.Tech
  • 17:30 End of session, Jury convenes

Free Time & Networking. Possibility to use the outdoor Hot Tubs by the lake at Kukonhiekka. Bring your own swimming suit and towel.
Evening program:
Kukonhiekan huvikeskus, Kukonhiekantie 35, 43100 Saarijärvi
Non-stop bus transport in front of the Bioeconomy Institute between 17:00 and 18:30

  • 19:00 Welcome speech: Minna Lappalainen, Director Institute of Bioeconomy
  • 19:15 Networking dinner, music: Vesa-Matti Laaksonen & co
  • 20:30 Music: Saarijärven viihdeorkesteri
  • 22:00 Call time
  • 22:30 End of the day 1 - bus transportation to the accommodation

Thursday 8th of June 2023

Get together - coffee and tea
Keynote speech - Petri Honkonen, Science and Culture Minister of Finland: Common Agricultural Policy enabling smart and innovative agriculture and rural businesses
Keynote speech - Oleksiy Guzhva, SLU, Assistant professor in Precision Livestock Farming and IoT: Result-oriented computer vision applications in Livestock Production: when research meets reality!
Ebra Gohari, Partner at Concilio Oy: Growth Opportunities - Unexpected business possibilities for start-up companies in Middle East
Keynote speech - Sami Myyrä, Chief Specialist, LähiTapiola: Agridata as a new possibility for insurance markets
Short Break
Keynote speech - Tuija Riikonen, CEO, POP Pankki Lannevesi: Taking sustainable business in action – how investor or bank evaluate funding of innovations in current business climate
KASKI2023 Pitching competition Final: Sustainable Food & Agritech Solutions​
Lunch Break & Networking
13:00 - 16:00
Farm demos straight from the field, Networking, Matchmaking and meetings, Get to know startups, Presentations
12:45 - 15:15
Factory visits to Valtra Inc. headquarters and tractor manufacturing site in Suolahti. Bus transportation will be arranged. More detailed schedule and registration for the factory visits to be announced soon.
Elina Suni, Project Manager, Jamk: Developing Food Chain Actors Cyber Resilience
Johannes Tiusanen, 19th Generation Farmer, PhD scientist and adjunct professor with specialty in soil science and electronics, founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Soil Scout Ltd.: No Digital Leap, Small Steps Only
Silvia Gaiani, Senior Researcher at Ruralia Institute: The future of food: cultured or cultivated?
Short Break
Panel: Start-ups as Engines of Agri- and Foodtech Innovations: Opportunities & Challenges. 

  • Anicare Oy (FIN)
  • WeedBot (LAT)
  • Carbon Balance Finland Oy (FIN)
  • Soil Scout Oy (FIN)

Pitching competition results & awarding the winner(s)
End of the day 2 - Bus transportation to Jyväskylä

Please note that the event programme is subject to change.

All speeches, the pitching competition and the Start-Up Panel will be held in the B-building at the Poke vocational college. Valtra Sustainability Day presentations and pitching competition results & awarding the winner will be held in the classrooms 117 and 118 at the Jamk Institute of Bioeconomy. Check out the map of the event area. You can find the locations of the exhibitors' booths in this floor plan.


Introduction of the event's speakers