The project promotes the realization of the goals of the Helsinki-Uusimaa European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label in a concrete way in close cooperation with the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.
In the project, the three Universities of Applied Sciences in the Helsinki metropolitan area (Laurea, Metropolia and Haaga-Helia) will implement the planned activities together with the Helsinki Chamber of Commerce (Helsingin Kauppakamari), the Federation of Uusimaa Enterprises (Uudenmaan Yrittäjät), the Federation of Helsinki Enterprises (Helsingin Yrittäjät), the Federation of Espoo Enterprises (Espoon Yrittäjät), and other entrepreneurial and development companies in the area. The activities promote entrepreneurship that support digitalization and sustainable development.
- provides opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to network and find solutions in the form of a digital and international student challenge competition - 10 Days 100 Challenges.
- develops public procurement and related tools and networks, particularly in its design phase and organizes Open Innovation Camp design sprints, in which the public sector, companies, citizens and the education sector co-create a procurement planning concept based on market dialogue, customer orientation and sustainable development.
- will pilot micro-credentials that support SMEs to develop new products and services, especially from the perspective of digitalization and the green economy, as well as the ability to participate in green public procurement planning and tendering processes.
- develops campus incubators as they are bridge-builders between the stakeholders in the region, bringing together SMEs, students, start-ups, and public sector actors, and opening up networks for international cooperation.
Duration: 1.9.2021- 31.8.2023
Partners: Laurea UAS (coordinator), Metropolia UAS, Haaga-Helia UAS
Contact at Haaga-Helia: Timo-Pekka Uotila
Funding: European Regional Development Fund (REACT EU) The project is funded as part of the European Union’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.