Business Kuopio


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Ecosystems and clusters

The business ecosystem in Kuopio region is active and undergoing continuous development. A great example of how new collaborations and growing businesses are being created and developed is Kuopio Health, an open innovation ecosystem. Newer Water and Energy Clusters are also growing fast in the area.

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.

Kuopio Water Cluster (KWC) – concentrates the research, development and innovation in water-sector in Pohjois-Savo region and Finland. The Cluster offers a one-stop solution for rapid product development, testing and commercialisation services for companies operating in the water technology sector. Kuopio Water Cluster provides access to specialised laboratories, experts, and assisting personnel from all partnering organisations. Laboratory scale tests are combined with custom-made, containerised pilot-scale test-rigs allowing for rapid on-site demonstrations.

Food Valley (Ruokalaakso) develops collaboration and network between educational, research and development organizations and food companies. They bring together expertise, needs and know-how by improving network-like behaviour between companies and organizations. Our operational model was created to allow improved co-operation and services between the organizations. One of our goals is to encourage companies and organizations to learn from each other but also from the customers, promoting synergy. The core function is to support the expertise of wellbeing promoting food production, development and processing.

Energy Cluster North Savo – North Savo region is witnessing the establishment of an extensive energy cluster in support of machine and metal industry, the key industrial sector and a major smart specialization focus in the region, with the objective to improve the international growth potential of businesses in the energy sector through innovation, services of research institutions and product development. The cluster will be established during 2020 -2021. Main actors in the project are Savonia University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Navitas Business Services, and approximately 20 businesses in energy sector (also new companies are accepted to the project).


Kuopio and Kuopio-based organisations are active in various national and international business collaboration networks. You can find an extensive list of networks here