Fast Track

Export training program for Northern Savo company groups

Shanghai as a target market in 2020

By participating the Fast Track training program, you receive in one package export training that aims at international cooperation partnerships, support from an export oriented company group, a ready-made tailored contact trip to Shanghai, as well as a versatile support network for your internationalization.

“One of our biggest focus is to open up new international markets. The program enables us, as an international group of companies, to achieve our goals together with a team of welltrained, professional and goal-oriented specialists. Those are the reasons why we chose the Fast Track program.”

Marco Van Hoylandt, Olvi Group Export Director


Export training

Export and Shanghai market focused tailor-made training in company group.

Goal: Getting ready for the target market, networking and searching for contacts in Shanghai.

Duration: 4-6 months

  • Kick off day (January 2020)
  • Training with different materials, exercises, sparring sessions, independent and guided tasks with the help of digital platform and tools (4-6 face-to-face meetings, otherwise via online platform)
  • A team of specialists (local and Chinese market experts) in charge of the training period
  • Contents of the training e.g; export strategy & understanding of the target market, sales, networks, accounts and search of partners,
    marketing & brand, digital world and possibilities

Additionally; cooperation with international business students, including native Chinese students

  • Market surveys
  • Contact mapping
  • Cultural and linguistic assistance

Group trip

Tailor-made company group trip to Shanghai.

Goal: Meeting and negotiating with local contacts and future partners. Building relationships in Shanghai.

  • Group trip to Shanghai in September 2020 organised in
    cooperation with the City of Kuopio
  • Contents of the trip: matchmaking meetings and
    business negotiations, networking events, meetings with
    local market specialists
  • During 2020, the internationalization activities of the
    Kuopio region will be directed towards Asian market,
    more information

After trip support

After trip service and support.

Goal: Confirming trip results. Knowing how to go further with contacts.

  • Contents of the support e.g.; funding possibilities,
    supporting recruitment, support for sustaining network,
    support from international business students in fact



Who can apply? All companies in Northern Savo who have export plans to China
When to apply? Application period: September – November 2019
How to apply? Call or e-mail us!


2000€/company (startup companies 1000€/company)
Transportation and accomodation costs for the trip are covered by the participants

More information:

Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai market info in Kuopio 27.9.2019

Fast Track project/Savonia UAS
Minna Tarvainen, tel. 044 785 6981,

Team Finland/North-Savo ELY-centre
Markku Koponen, tel. 029 501 6026,

Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce
Mari Polvinen, tel. 044 732 0838,