Oulu Innovation Alliance
Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) is the network of networks. Our four ecosystems – Agile Commercialization, OuluHealth, ICT & Digitalization and Industry 2026– are the pinnacle of Oulu’s know-how. We offer these platforms – our ecosystems – for you to collaborate with. Since founded In 2009 OIA has operated actively to create a strong local innovation ecosystem, thus contributing to the favourable business environment, channeling funding for research, development and innovation-based business, creation of internationally competitive companies and new employment. In 2017-2025 the OIA strategy is focused on enhancing utilisation of ICT and digitalisation in business and the public sector.
Oulu Innovation Alliance’s key partners are the City of Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University Hospital, The Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education, Natural Resources Institute Finland, Technopolis Plc., and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Our doors are open to those who wish to come co-create Arctic opportunities in Oulu.
The main goals of Oulu Innovation Alliance are
- to co-create Arctic opportunities together with you
- international Oulu is Finland’s fastest growing city region and top notch location for new business
The four ecosystems have pinpointed their goals for the year 2025, all of which together will help fulfill OIA’s strategic vision.
Doing research projects together
Finding research partners
Help in getting financing
Doing development projects together
Finding development partners
Help in getting financing
Pilot Factory for Printed Intelligence
OIA can help you to find the right business contacts in Oulu. When we do R&D&I projects, we also help companies to apply financing using national and international financial instruments as well as contacting investors.
Business Kitchen is the universities’ entrepreneurship hub: both a space and a community located in the city center of Oulu. www.businesskitchen.fi.
- Finding business partners
- Help in getting financing
- Start-up services
Cleantech, environment, and energy
Health technology and health services
Business, leadership, commercialization and economics
ICT & Digitalization, FinTech
City planning, development, tourism attraction factors
Oulu plays host to tens of international congresses and countless organizational meetings and events. You can find Oulu’s, including OIA’s, events from congress calendar.
Oulu Innovation Alliance Partners
City of Oulu
City of Oulu has earned the brand Capital of Northern Scandinavia by growth and being an innovative and competitive business and research environment since decades. The Oulu Region has over 200,000 inhabitants and it is the fastest growing region in Finland. It is also one of the youngest cities in Europe – the average age of the population of Oulu is 36.6 years. In OIA, City of Oulu’s role is to implement business and innovation policy, including start-ups, growth, relocation, conferences, and operating environment development services.
Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Natural Resources Institute Finland promotes bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources. Researchers and specialists working at Luke provide new solutions towards the sustainable development of the Finnish bioeconomy and the promotion of new bio-based businesses. Together with its partners Luke will build a society based on bioeconomy.
Oulu University of Applied Sciences
Oulu University of Applied Science, UAS, educates professionals for the needs of working life. The University has approximately 9,000 students and 800 staff. In OIA, Oulu University of Applied Sciences focuses on applying, transferring and developing professional expert knowledge.
Oulu University Hospital (OYS)
Oulu University Hospital is the northernmost of five university central hospitals in Finland. The hospital currently provides treatment for the people in the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District and northern Finland in general. It also offers medical services to Scandinavia and other parts of the world. Oulu University Hospital is also used for teaching purposes by the Faculty of Medicine, the professors acting as senior physicians in their specialized clinical fields.
Technopolis Plc is a listed real estate company that specializes in leasing space and providing services. It combines business support services with modern, flexible, multi-user business environments. There are approximately 26,000 people and almost 1,400 companies and organizations in Technopolis premises in Finland, Russia, Estonia and Lithuania. In OIA Technopolis Plc operates environments and services for companies and organizations.
The Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education (Osekk)
The Oulu Region Joint Authority for Education (Osekk), responds to the competence needs of students and work life in Northern Finland. Osekk provides education services rooted in practical work life, anticipating the challenges of the future. The core principle of education activities is to serve the region's business community by providing a competent and trained labour force. Osekk continuously anticipates changes taking place in the business world, and its course selection is designed according to the region's needs.
University of Oulu
The University of Oulu is an international science university. Founded in 1958, the University’s research and education community is 16,000 students and 3,000 employees strong, and one of the biggest and the most multidisciplinary universities in Finland. In OIA, University of Oulu promotes free international level research and education, development and maintenance of research infrastructures, and develops utilization paths of research results.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. In OIA VTT produces new ideas, technology and innovations, develops new applications and knowledge for business, and infrastructure that support research and business activities.
OIA offers versatile services for investors, students companies, and researchers. Whether you have an innovation idea you want to develop, you need help with your startup or you are looking for investors, we may be able to help you. Whether your idea relates to industry, health, business, ICT, or city development - please contact us. We’d be happy to help!
Oulu innovation alliance: https://www.businessoulu.com/en/frontpage/en/company-networks-2/oulu-innovation-alliance.html
City of Oulu: www.oulu.com