Kuopio Innovation

Taking ideas further

Kuopio – Room to succeed 

The Kuopio region has a unique combination of science, technology, art, industry and security. Kuopio is one of the country's innovation hubs and an important university city. The zone comprising Kuopio, Tahko and neighbouring areas has a population of almost 250,000. There are over 5,400 businesses in the urban area of Kuopio employing some 50,000 people. Export companies number more than 200. 

Kuopio Innovation, through its own operations, helps to increase Kuopio's attraction and promotes the development of the whole Kuopio region. The aim is to increase investment in the region in cooperation with regional, national (e.g. Invest in Finland) and international players and partners. 

Through close and agile cooperation, the region will succeed in both domestic and international markets. 

Investment and partnership 

The enormous development of Kuopio's health technology, biotech, pharmaceutical and environmental sectors and its ICT know-how have created numerous start-up and growth companies in Kuopio that present excellent opportunities for investors. Dozens of potential investment targets emerge every year. 

We are looking for private equity investors and venture capitalists, and strategic and commercial partners, both from this country and abroad, for our growth companies in the region. For the expanding campus area, we are also actively seeking international R&D collaboration and investment. 

Kuopio Innovation's advisors provide services ranging from those for startups right through to internationalising companies, helping them find partners and the information needed to start up a business. Through us, you will find business and R&D partners and top experts. We work in collaboration with, for example, the City of Kuopio, Team Finland and other actors in promoting development and business activity in the Kuopio region. 

Unique Savilahti complex 

The Savilahti area which also covers the Science Park area in Kuopio is being developed as part of a larger urban project. The area has hundreds of technology and service companies, several national research centres and numerous testing and analysis laboratories. The area is a unique combination of skills and know-how in the fields of health and well-being and the environment reinforced by ICT and sensor technology expertise. 

The Savilahti area is expected to grow into an attractive, modern complex of about 34,000 residents, workers and students by 2020. Public and private sector investment in the built environment of the Savilahti area amounts to almost one billion euros. 

Read more about The unique area of Savilahti and the City of Kuopio's Savilahti project (in Finnish).

We wish everyone who comes to Kuopio success, regardless of their field!

Ongoing activities 

Invest in Eastern Finland: A project seeking new foreign companies and investment in Eastern Finland and promoting mutual cooperation as well as linking Eastern Finland more closely to the national "Invest in" activities. 

Savilahti project: Savilahti will grow into an attractive, modern complex of about 34,000 residents, workers and students by 2020. Public and private sector investment in the built environment of the Savilahti area amounts to almost one billion euros.