Business Kuopio


Kuopio goes Shanghai 2020

During the year 2020, internationalization measures in the Kuopio region will be oriented towards the Asian market. The City of Kuopio and the Fast Track Project will organize a joint trip to the Kuopio City Twin City Shanghai Pudong in September 2020. The trip has as a purpose to create international business opportunities for participants, to find new partners and to network, and strengthen twin cities relations and cultural exchanges. As a member of the Kuopio City Management Delegation, the doors to the Chinese market open to companies in the area and Fast Track Export Coaching experts will set up measures to meet the needs and objectives of the companies involved in the project. The last time there was a visit with a larger delegation to Shanghai was in 2017.

Events in Finland

27.9.2019 Market information – China, Shanghai

The event introduces the Chinese market opportunities from the point of view of Finnish companies and will discuss Kuopio city and region companies’ joint trip to Shanghai in the autumn of 2020 and customized export coaching for the group.

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26.11.2019 China Future Challenges Workshop

Are you planning to expand or start your business in China, Shanghai area and are you interested in a systematic and cost-efficient market entry process in a group of other export-oriented companies? For more information here

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Preliminary itinerary

  • Customized business visits and negotiations
  • Team Finland meetings: General Consulate of Finland, Business Finland and FinChi Innovation Center
  • Twin City meeting with Shanghai Pudong administration
  • Networking events

Fast Track export promotion trip

Fast Track offers expert market entry service (4–6 months, starting on January-February), which includes export coaching sessions and a joint contact trip to the target market. The coaching focuses on partner search supported by business experts at home and in the target market Shanghai. The service is carried out partly online, and it includes joint marketing activities. The service is implemented in cooperation with Savonia University of Applied Sciences, the Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce and Team Finland (regional and target market).

Coaching is organized for businesses in Northern Savonia. Registrate for Fast Track coaching by January 31, 2020. Business search is in progress for 10-15 companies from November 2019 to January 2020.

Award-winning Twin City cooperation

The cooperation between the City of Kuopio and Shanghai Pudong started with the exploration of the possibilities of cooperation between the technology centers in 2000. The cities signed a Twin city agreement in 2012 and since then the activities between Kuopio and Shanghai Pudong have intensified, especially in the field of education and culture.

In 2016, China awarded the prestigious Exhange and Cooperation Award for Friendship Cities to China, to Kuopio as Shanghai’s first twin town. In October 2017, the cities celebrated their five-year friendship in Shanghai with a gala exhibition and the first business delegation in Kuopio goes Shanghai. The results and future of the cooperation were presented at the Kuopio – Gateway to Shanghai seminar 2018. The primary starting point for cooperation between Kuopio and Shanghai is to support the internationalization of the Kuopio area, promote business development and business cooperation, and strengthen cooperation between cities. For this aim, Kuopio has an exceptionally close cooperation network.

Networks in Shanghai

Kuopio goes Shanghai’s tour operators (City of Kuopio, Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Kuopio Area Chamber of Commerce) and partners have extensive networks in Shanghai, which are utilized to identify market potentials and measure travel goals.

Top know how in Kuopio area

Finland is known for thousands of lakes, green forests, northern lights, and the midnight sun. Surrounded by unspoilt nature and water, Kuopio is the leader in health and wellness expertise, the growing city is strongly characterized by education and research, culture, tourism and a diversity of businesses. Kuopio is a dynamic and constantly growing business city. The region of Kuopio is a unique combination of science, technology, art, industry and security. It is also one of the country’s innovation hubs and an important university city. People in Kuopio are known as the forerunner of wellbeing, health and environment expertise. Kuopio is the home of several internationally recognised hi-tech and service companies.

KuopioHealth – Open Innovation Ecosystem

KuopioHealth is a network of healthcare professionals committed to advancing health technology expertise, research, business life and awareness of the area. Kuopio Health promotes development, research and innovation based on customer needs and serves as a platform for new products and services. KuopioHealth is an open innovation platform enabling co-creation and transfer of knowledge and technologies for the benefit of society. We offer excellent health technology competence, training, infrastructure anda business network for domestic and international health technology companies and innovators. Read more about innovations and living lab services in Kuopio.

Unique environment for business – Savilahti area

The Savilahti area, which also covers the Science Park, 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. Also several internationally successful companies have laid their foundations into the region. More information



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The trip is organized by the City of Kuopio and Fast Track project* in cooperation with Team Finland, Business Finland and Invest and Grow in Kuopio Region project/BusinessKuopio.

*) Fast track project is coordinated by Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce. Funded by European Social Fund and Centre for Econoic development, Transport and the Environment. Partners e.g. Business Finland and Team Finland.


  • Laura Kokko, City of Kuopio, tel. +358 44 718 2018
  • Minna Tarvainen, Fast Track project, Savonia university of applied sciences, tel. +358 44 785 6981
  • Mari Polvinen, Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, tel. +358 44 732 0838
  • Blog: All aboard to the China train!


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