Regional Development Director
ELMO 2 Kainuu
ELMO Kainuu network supports the region’s innovation ecosystems, develops new business opportunities and highlights Kainuu’s expertise both nationally and internationally.
The ELMO 2 Kainuu project has ended, but the ELMO network cooperation in East and North Finland still continues. Aiming to keep up the good work, Regional Council of Lapland leads a new project, in which also the Regional Council of Kainuu is a partner.
The regions of East and North Finland (ENF) form an 0fficial pilot area to develop new approaches based on smart specialisation. The pilot is called East and North Finland in Industrial Transition, or as we like to call it, ELMO.
In a nutshell, ELMO co-operation is about supervision of common interests and development work based on the identification of common strengths and complementary competencies. At the heart of the cooperation is smart specialization, the choices based on which we support the growth sectors of the regions. The aim is to develop new practices that will enable companies to take advantage of the expertise of the entire ENF area and the diverse network of innovation platforms we have.
The first phase of the ELMO collaboration produced the East and North Finland in industrial transition -smart specialisation strategy 2019-2023. The aim of this strategy is to strengthen the resilience of industries in the ENF area and to promote the growth and internationalization of companies. In the strategy, Clean technologies and low-carbon solutions, Industrial circular economy and ICT and digitalisation, innovative technologies and production processes were identified as common priorities for smart specialization in the area. In addition, the need to develop joint cluster activities was identified.
In the second phase, we put the strategy to use in order to support industries, growth and employment in the ENF regions, and this is where also ELMO 2 Kainuu project came in.
Direct target groups of the ELMO 2 Kainuu project included the experts and organisations in Kainuu with expertise and activities related to selected key areas of Kainuu’s smart specialization strategy. These groups consisted of Kainuu’s higher education sector, research institutes and units, educational institutions, companies and regional development organizations. The indirect target groups of the project were Kainuu companies, municipalities, educational institutions and the entire province (employment, know-how, GDP).
Learn More about the Possibilities in Kainuu
We welcome you to follow the work that we do for the regions in the East and North Finland!
The “Take your chance on the new business of the Kainuu region” videos and brochures present the province’s businesses and RDI actors in both Finnish and English. The videos can be found in the links below in Finnish and in English.