Research and Development

Global operational environment and its rapid change emphasize the meaning of cooperation in creating new innovations. Cooperation works at its best in close interaction between companies, research institutes, the public sector, consumers and other actors, that is, in innovation ecosystems. In North Savo, networking and co-development in ecosystems has been seen as a meaningful factor in addressing future challenges.

Ecosystem work in Business Center North Savo happens through development and maintenance of the customer, business and cooperation expertise of the network actors, as well as through promoting the interdisciplinarity in research, development and innovation (RDI) operations. The goal is to create more conditions for national and international cooperation and the development of new solutions and new business in the region.

In the North Savo region, ecosystems focused on RDI have been formed around six key sectors. These sectors are health, water engineering, food and primary production, machine and material technologies, energy technology and bioeconomy. Additionally, digital technology and business intersect at all of these key industries.

Ecosystems’ contact info & posters


North Savo has a high number of research, development and educational organizations with expertise and practical research tools valuable for businesses and other players. This site offers you information about regional contact persons, expertise and facilities available. Click the symbol to enter each organization’s web site.

Energy technology
Supports regional energy companies by providing services for measurement, testing, analysing and survey to improve the existing energy transformation processes. The ecosystem also offers laboratory environments, measurement equipment and platforms for testing and piloting new products. Contacts: Markku Huhtinen (, Jorma Jokiniemi (
Ecosystem promotes product development of the companies in the region offering them services in measuring, testing and piloting. Sustainable development is advanced by utilizing industry side streams and by developing high value yield products, as well as by investigating alternative biomaterials. Contacts: Harri Auvinen (, Reijo Lappalainen ( and Markku Jokela (


The actors are top experts of their fields in research and development. Combining different areas of expertise across disciplines requires, however, opportunities for cooperation, planning, implementation tools and methods, and finally, coordination of all this.

To whom?

The target groups for ecosystem development and co-operation are companies and regional organizations that do RDI work, and the networks formed from these, which have a genuine interest and desire to engage in co-development and network-like activities.


For companies, ecosystems provide industry RDI services. In addition, innovation workshops with crosscutting themes built around future technologies and business models of interest to companies can be organized. The thoughts, identified challenges and new ideas generated from the workshops are directed to be solved by adequate parties in an extensive network. The company can also develop idea outlines itself.

Ecosystem development takes place in a strong interaction between the network actors. Various visual methods are used in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the measures. Meetings with cooperation instructors and coordinators can be arranged on a regular basis reviewing planned and implemented development measures.

Ecosystem posters made on a common layout are the first step towards creating a common look, culture and activity between actors and networks in North Savo.

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