Business Kuopio


Business environment

The business ecosystem in Kuopio region is active and undergoing continuous development. New and existing business environments are actively developed together with companies. A great example of how new collaborations and growing businesses are being created and developed is Kuopio Health, an open innovation ecosystem. We also work continuously with the region’s services for businesses and regional development projects that support business growth.

Our attractive business environments includes:


Savilahti is a new city district developed as a smart city platform, with a 5G test network that supports smart activities. With innovative, intelligent and sustainable urban planning solutions, the district has a total of 1,5 – 2 billion euros of investments in construction projects. It will provide new kinds of working, learning and living environments for 35 000 people by the year 2030.

In the next few years, Savilahti will be developed into Finland’s most important competence center and innovation ecosystem around educational institutions, Kuopio University Hospital, research institutes and companies.

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Kuopio Health, an open innovation ecosystem

Kuopio Health is a network committed to promoting wellbeing, food industry and health care technology competence, research and business life as well as health care industry awareness locally, nationally and internationally. Kuopio Health promotes development, research and new innovations based on customer needs and acts as a platform for new products and services.

Kuopio Health conforms to an open innovation model by combining the public sector, academic world, business life and end-users: it aims to enable the creation of new solutions and networks. Kuopio Health provide excellent health care expertise and training together with a quality operating environment and business networks for Finnish and global healthcare technology companies and innovators.

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Living Labs

Kuopio Living Lab is a concept for product development and testing services formed by three expert organisations: Kuopio University Hospital (KUH), the City of Kuopio, and Savonia University of Applied Sciences. Kuopio Living Lab enables the companies in healthcare and wellness technologies to test the product in authentic customer and expert environments, and to provide various services to the companies at different stages of product development from idea to the market.

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Product development and testing services

Savonia University of Applied Sciences offers a wide variety of product development services for companies, such as testing products and materials in the construction, electricity and food sectors. Their services include EMC laboratory testing, concrete testing, environmental engineering and applied healthcare technology.

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Business Center

Business Center is a service network that invests in the development of entrepreneurship and innovation and new services and products in Kuopio region. The services are for everyone interested in entrepreneurship – companies, projects, organizations and various research and development communities. Business Center offers services for promoting innovations, business development and developing entrepreneurship education.

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Future Savo

Future Savo is a regional development project that aims to promote the attractiveness of the Kuopio region in multiple ways. The project aims to improve the availability of the workforce in the region, the smoothness of everyday life and the commitment of residents to the region. The project’s goal is to make North Savo the most desirable living environment.

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Kuopio and Kuopio-based organisations are active in various national and international business collaboration networks.

You can find an extensive list of networks here