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Social Career Networks Can Be Created with New TalentMatch Service

TECHNOPOLIS PLC      PRESS RELEASE                    December 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Social Career Networks Can Be Created with New TalentMatch Service

A pilot project by Technopolis Plc and Otaniemi Marketing combines online media and networking events.

Currently, there are no operators or mechanisms that would efficiently combine existing international competence with open positions and projects. The most important objective of TalentMatch is to promote encounters by international experts and companies that need them. The service is comprised of an online tool and Talent Talks matchmaking events. The online tool is a social media service that allows professionals to market their competence and companies to post their open positions. It is built as part of the existing JobGo recruitment portal.

”The Technopolis customer base includes plenty of growth-oriented companies for which international specialists offer significant growth potential. We have developed the TalentMatch service model in cooperation with Otaniemi Marketing so that the needs of our customer companies and available professionals would meet,” says Karita Huotari, Head of Strategic Matchmaking Services at Technopolis.

”TalentMatch connects international professionals efficiently with open positions and projects,” says Melissa Arni-Hardén, Program Director at Otaniemi Marketing Ltd. “The main principles in the development work have been cost-efficiency and comprehensiveness,” Arni-Hardén clarifies.

The TalentMatch service will be piloted during spring 2012, and one of the aims is to build an earning model for the service so that TalentMatch can operate self-financed in the future. The sponsors of the pilot phase include Kone and Nokia, allowing start-ups with growth potential, such as Hookie Technologies Ltd., to test the service.

Sponsors of the ramp-up phase include Nokia, Kone, Aalto University, Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce. TalentMatch is a completely novel recruitment entity that also offers service to international professionals who live in Finland and companies that need them.

Further information:

www.talentmatch.fi is an intelligent social media service and a cost-efficient forum for companies. The most essential new feature of TalentMatch compared to conventional job-seeking online services is that the background and competence data filled in the applicant and position profiles can match without manual searches. TalentMatch also allows one to feature one’s competence anonymously, and correspondingly companies can also make silent searches. It is implemented on top of the existing JobGo recruitment portal.

Technopolis Plc

Technopolis Plc is a leading listed company specializing in business environments and services for knowledge-based companies. The Technopolis service portfolio combines business and development services with modern facilities. At present, approximately 20,000 people work and almost 1,300 companies do business at Technopolis facilities in Espoo, Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Lappeenranta, Oulu, Tampere, and Vantaa in Finland, St. Petersburg in Russia, and Tallinn in Estonia. Technopolis Plc is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

Head of Strategic Matchmaking and Technopolis Online Services Karita Huotari, Technopolis Plc, tel. +358 40 579 8757

Otaniemi Marketing Ltd.

Otaniemi Marketing is a non-profit marketing and development company jointly owned by the City of Espoo and other key innovation players in Otaniemi (VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Aalto University, Aalto University Student Union, and the Laurea and Metropolia Universities of Applied Science), aiming to assist international competence – both companies and people – in locating in the area. Otaniemi Marketing offers its customers a one stop shop for the information, services and networks required in all phases of establishing a presence. Otaniemi Marketing is participating in the Helsinki region’s European Social Fund-sponsored NEO-SEUTU project until the end of 2011, developing initial guidance and advisory services for employment-based immigrants.

Program Director Melissa Arni-Hardén, Otaniemi Marketing Ltd., tel. +358 50 543 4788