Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) is unique collaboration, which integrates top know-how from printed intelligence, wellbeing technology, cleantech and 3D internet and brings together research institutions, businesses and public sector organizations. OIA generates cutting-edge global business from research, development and innovation projects and ventures.

OIA is situated in the Capital of Northern Scandinavia, Oulu, Finland, but it cooperates with organizations regardless of their location. The Alliance is always looking for new ideas and cooperation projects. Read more from services.

8 Partners and 5 Centers

City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technopolis Plc and Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) created a strategic partnership called Oulu Innovation Alliance in 2009. A new agreement was struck in 2016 between the City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Technopolis Plc, Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education, Oulu University Hospital, and Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland.

Oulu Innovation Alliance’s new strategy shifs focus from research funding towards a business approach with the objective of facilitating SME growth and new business opportunities. International Oulu is the fastest growing urban region in Finland and a first-rate location to expand your business transactions and start new ones.

Oulu Innovative Alliance objectives for 2016 to 2020 are the following:

  • Oulu attractiveness is enhanced by an innovative ecosystem boosting the establishment, development and internationalization of companies based in the state-of-art expertise.
  • Implementation of Arctic and Northern potential

To accomplish this, five ecosystems have been named:

Northern City with Attractive Opportunities
Agile Commercialization
ICT and Digitalization
Industry 2026

Previously all operative work in OIA took place in five centers that focused on different fields of expertise.

The Alliance generates global business by cooperating research, development and innovation projects. Businesses and public organizations meet in joint projects and ventures that combine different industries and scientific fields. These involve forerunning professionals as well as ordinary people via the living lab concept.

Executive Group

Päivi Laajala, City of Oulu, Mayor

Jouko Niinimäki, University of Oulu, Rector

Marko Lind, Technopolis Plc, Director of Oulu operations

Hannu Leskinen, Oulu University Hospital, Director

Arto Maaninen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, VP Operations

Jouko Paaso, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Rector

Jarmo Paloniemi, Osekk, Managing Director and Principal

Mari Walls, Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland, President and CEO

In addition, expert representatives and ecosystem leaders are part of the executive group.