Oulu Innovation Alliance is a coalition with the purpose of making Oulu the world’s best in five focus points. International Oulu is the fastest growing urban region in the Nordics and the place to be for business growth and new opportunities. Oulu Innovation Alliance’s goals for the years 2016-2020 are:

  • An innovation ecosystem that boosts Oulu’s attractiveness and enhance the formation, development and internationalization of top-talent enterprises.
  • Utilization of the arctic and northern opportunities

Oulu Innovation Alliance’s five focus points, i.e. ecosystems are:

Industry 2026 – University of Oulu

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.

OuluHealthOulu University Hospital

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 – City of Oulu

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 – Oulu University of Applied Sciences

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 – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

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.