Research, development and innovation activities that possess close ties with businesses and working life enjoy a strong position in Kuopio. At its best, cutting-edge research is manifest in high technology business activities.

The Savilahti hub of expertise is reinforced by e.g. Kuopio University Hospital, sectoral research institutes of the state (such as the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Fimea, Finnish Food Authority, Neurocenter Finland, Geological Survey of Finland and Finnish Meteorological Institute), in addition to Technopolis Oyj and more than 200 businesses representing different fields. The development of Savilahti increases the attractiveness of Kuopio and creates new companies, business opportunities and jobs.

Savonia University of Applied Sciences is a pioneer, experimenter and implementer in business and service development. The educational institution conducts joint RDI projects not only in Finland, but also as part of extensive global networks. The priorities of Savonia are applied wellbeing technology, innovative engineering and energy industries, responsible food production and water safety. Bioeconomy and the circular economy are emerging as spearhead priorities.

The aim of Neurocenter Finland, coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland, is to set up a network for brain research, to promote and enhance cooperation between universities, hospitals and hospital districts, business life and the third sector and to create opportunities for business collaboration and commercialization. Preparations for Neurocenter Finland are underway and it is vital that its operating conditions are secured.

North Savo will be home to a local capital investment fund entitled North Savo Startup Fund, which will invest mainly in newly established, growth-oriented businesses from North Savo. The fund size is 10 million euros and it will serve businesses all across the province.

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