Our Managing Director, Totti Könnölä attended the innovation panel of the the VI General Conference of the Spanish Foundations Association, which was held the 23rd of November of 2016 in the headquarters of the Barrie Foundation in A Coruña, in the framework of the 50th commemorative act of this Galician entity.
Totti made a bet on innovation during his intervention on the round table. “To innovate is, in the last instance, about betting on people”, he suggested. His discourse addressed the challenge of entrepreneurship, innovation, ambition and collaboration. He gave much importance to the last point, and he got to say that “at the end that its not just institutions which collaborate but rather individual persons, and sometimes bonds of complicity are created”, as occurred in a case from his native country, Finland, where the Government “obliged” first companies and the academic world to collaborate for obtaining public funds and, although at first the relationship was “artificial”, little by little links were created between persons which led to effective collaboration. In addition, he indicated that innovation is not just undertaken by the business field, but also science, politics and society. However, he added that “entrepreneurship requires an ecosystem” and that, it is necessary to cooperate and “work hand in hand to advance”. He reflected that in the path of innovation there are risks that have to be accepted and that sometimes also serious difficulties arise; “innovative entrepreneurship is a journey, it always comes with uncertainties, but it has its rewards”. So he encouraged everyone to “have ambition” in their projects.