Ambassador Adams kicked off a visit to Tampere on October 21st, 2015, meeting with the Tampere Chamber of Commerce and members of the business community. He also visited the Kanjoni Elementary School in the Hervanta neighborhood where he received a special invitation; roughly half the students (grades 1-6) come from multicultural households, and a third are studying Finnish as a second language. The Ambassador visited several classrooms in action, was treated to a song sung in five languages, visited the woodshop and home economics rooms, and participated in an English language class.
Tampere Mayor Anna-Kaisa Ikonen and other city officials hosted Ambassador Adams for lunch at the Tampere City Hall.
The Ambassador finished his day in Tampere as part of a panel of judges for the Tampere semi-finals of the U.S. Embassy’s “Ambassador’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.” Four teams of Tampere area secondary students competed by pitching their ideas for new startup enterprise concepts. The winning team, “Coffee Cart,” will come to Helsinki and compete with other semi-finalists from Turku, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Kuopio, Jyväskylä, and Helsinki in the AEC Finals on November 13th. The winning team will travel to the U.S. to participate in the prestigious LEADership Education and Development’s summer immersion program. The Tampere semi-finals were held at Demola in the New Factory innovation center in the historic former Finlayson cotton factory.