Editor’s note: This post is part of a series of posts in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology to promote their expertise and tools in commercialising research based innovations.

Back in 2003, when I was looking for a Master’s program I was accepted into one in Lappeenranta University of Technology as well as a competing one in a Helsinki based business school – I chose the one in Lappeenranta. There were several reasons behind this and I’m honored to see the university working with ArcticStartup to further promote these reasons and spread knowledge of the vast experience and talent they have accumulated.

The reason I ended up choosing Lappeenranta was their 40+ years of experience in combining technology with business in a frictionless way. This same strength has carried the university to this day and will do so in the future as well.

Furthermore, Lappeenranta University of Technology has three key strategic focus areas: 1) Green energy and technology, 2) Sustainable value creation as well as 3) International hub of Russian relations.

Some of these strategic focus areas have resulted in new companies already, some world famous, and we’ll be analysing them in more detail in the coming articles in the series.

One concrete way of letting the business community globally enjoy this expertise and knowledge the university has, is to take part in the annual EU-Russia Innovation Forum organised in Lappeenranta between June 13th and June 15th. While being titled as an EU-Russia focused event, the conference itself has a lot of discussion about growth companies, startups and innovation activity in general.

As of today, they have people from over 20 countries attending, including representatives from Asia and the USA. In 2010 Mr. Putin himself visited the event and this year, the President of The Republic of Tatarstan, Rustan Minnikhanov will be there with his business delegation looking for business partners. High level networking expected!

The forum, co-organised by the university with the city of Lappeenranta and EBN (European Business and Innovation Centre Network). During the three days, topics will range from understanding new markets & trends to how entrepreneurs can be helped to grow faster through new tools for example.

In addition to the three simultaneous tracks at the conferene, Technopolis is putting together a MoneyTalks forum for entrepreneurs looking to meet investors, with perhaps a little bit more interest towards capitalising the apparent opportunities in the CIS countries.

The conference is really high caliber and an obvious place for to be at if you value networking and new contacts at this level.

Learn more about the conference at http://www.eurussiainnoforum.com/.