Oulu Innovation Alliance



NEW STRATEGY 2016-2020

Oulu Innovation Alliance has renewed its strategy in 2015. Ouluinnovationalliance.fi website will be updated with new information about the strategy for 2016-2020.

More info (in Finnish): http://www.businessoulu.com/fi/uutiset/oulun-tutkimus-kehitys-ja-innovaatiotoiminta-keskittyy-viiteen-toiminta-alueeseen.html



Oulu Innovation Alliance is the embodiment of Oulu’s advanced and accessible ecosystem that covers every step of a company’s development process – from idea to manufacturing the product itself. Oulu is full of test environments with which to test innovations. Companies can then utilize them to their full potential.

Oulu Innovation Alliance is your gateway to the best networks in the area. The ecosystems of Oulu Innovation Alliance – ICT & Digitalization, Industry 2026, Agile Commercialization, OuluHealth, and Northern City with Attractive Opportunities –provide the best know-how in their fields. These ecosystems were selected as the focus points of Oulu’s expertise in co-creating the future.

OIA ecosystems 2016-2020

Industry 2026
Headed by University of Oulu –
Harri Haapasalo C, Pekka Tervonen DC

Industry 2026 focuses Oulu area’s top research and know-how into industries’ actual needs to usher industry of the future, like circular economy, and bio & machine industries. Their Blue Bioeconomy Ecosystem aims to create sustainable and profitable food production concepts.

Headed by Oulu University Hospital –
Hannu Leskinen C, Noora Jansson DC

OuluHealth is the ecosystem to boost your business in health tech and healthcare. It is dedicated to combining the different specialized fields in health, natural sciences, IT, academic and business know-how to create patient-friendly technologies, prosperity and wellness in the Oulu region.

Northern City with Attractive Opportunities
Headed by City of Oulu –
Matti Matinheikki C, Juha Isoherranen, DC

Northern City with Attractive Opportunities is dedicated to facilitating growth with innovative infrastructure, pilot environments for companies and enabling wellbeing in Oulu through events and top-notch services.

Agile commercialization
Headed by Oulu University of Applied Sciences –
Jouko Isokangas C, Sami Niemelä, DC

Agile Commercialization helps you in commercializing your business idea. Arctic Business Corridor, where multidisciplinary student teams help companies enter new market areas; Avanto Accelerator, Demola, you name it - they’re all there for you every step of the way into successful business.

ICT and Digitalization
Headed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland –
Arto Maaninen C, Heikki Ailisto DC

ICT & Digitalization’s goal is to make Oulu the FinTech hub of Northern Europe. Oulu has a growing FinTech industry, with two major banks, OP and Nordea, having established their development centers in Oulu. The ecosystem’s goal is to generate 100 new jobs in the industry by 2018.

OIA Partners

City of Oulu http://www.ouka.fi/oulu/english/

University of Oulu http://www.oulu.fi/english/

Oulu University of Applied Sciences http://www.oamk.fi/english/

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland http://www.vttresearch.com/

Technopolis Plc http://www.technopolis.fi/en

The Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education (Osekk) http://www.osekk.fi/en/

Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) http://www.luke.fi/en/

Oulu University Hospital (OYS) http://www.ppshp.fi/oulun_yliopistollinen_sairaala