Centre for business

Technological edge and an international operational environment, in close proximity of the North’s potential and purchasing power.

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Best conditions for business

Oulu is the leading hub in Northern Scandinavia for business, education, and culture, recognised especially for innovations in information technology. Here, you can find cutting edge education and technical expertise to raise your business’ know-how to a new level.

Excellent opportunities for investments

Oulu region’s population is projected to grow by 20 percent in the following decades. Expenditure is also increasing: income taxes has grown the most (3.5 %) of all of the cities in Finland. The latest 15 international companies to establish themselves in Oulu yearly invest over 100 million euros to the region.

Technology center

Over 2.6 billion people use technology developed in Oulu – every single day.

A vibrant innovation hub

Oulu is the fastest growing urban area in the arctic Europe.

Investor's favourite

Oulu based companies received the third most venture capital in Europe per capita after only Oxford and Cambridge.

HOME OF THE TOP TALENT

The 50 years of experience we have in wireless technologies guarantees that there are top experts available from enthusiastic students to seasoned tech industry veterans.

Oulu meeting city

Meetings with a Northern Twist

The main reason to participate in conferences is the content. Oulu’s strength lies in a strong science community and expertise. Experiences are also emphasised in international conferences – Northern exoticism and straightforwardness – that make Oulu one of the most popular destinations.

Entrepreneurs’ active city

Oulu has a great reputation as a business city. Municipality Image 2017 study highlighted Oulu’s best image factors to be the availability of labour, business and education cooperation, and supporting innovations.

Yritysten ja oppilaitosten yhteistyö sujuu Oulussa

Businesses

WE HELP YOUR COMPANY GROW.
Solid innovation expertise and a dynamic operational environment in Arctic Europe’s fastest growing city attract both startups and large international companies alike to Oulu.

BusinessOulu’s free-of-charge expert services are at your disposal from starting a business or establishing your company here all the way to networking and internationalization. You can get info on business opportunities, public funding, available workforce, and possible partners – all this from us.

Investments

GATEWAY TO ARCTIC EUROPE.
Robust ICT expertise has created a unique foundation for innovation and business in Oulu. Between 2014-2016, over 500 startup companies were born in Oulu, and the amount of rented business premises has more than doubled in the past few years.

Over the following decade, more than 197 billion euros will be invested in Scandinavia’s arctic regions, and by 2030 the number will be 277 billion euros. The largest investments will be made in construction, energy, mining, logistics, tourism and creative industries.

Operational environment

GROWTH PLATFORMS FOR THE MOST INNOVATIVE IDEAS.
Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) is a network of networks. Its five ecosystems – Agile Commercialisation, Ouluhealth, ICT & Digitalisation, Industry 2026, and Northern City with Attractive Opportunities – represent the cutting edge in Oulu’s expertise. All development platforms and ecosystems are at your business’ disposal.

You can come to Oulu with an idea and leave with a finished product: we have everything you need for productizing, funding, testing, and commercialising your idea.

Conferences & Events

TOP-OF-THE-LINE SERVICES WITH A TOUCH OF NORTHERN EXOTICISM.
Compact city centre with its services and smooth transport connections all the way from Europe are Oulu’s advantages when organizing congresses and events. Oulu has long been among Finland’s most popular destinations with international congress hosts. Experiences are also emphasised in international conferences: Northern experiences stand out.

Bring your congress to Oulu!