New innovation, business and entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Uusimaa region
The Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council has granted funding for a joint project of the 3AMK alliance. The goal is to develop innovation, business and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
The development of new innovation, business and entrepreneurial ecosystems is particularly important for addressing challenges arising from the changing landscape in different sectors. It also places the approaches – openness, collaboration, interaction, continuous learning and adaptation to changes – required to deal with changes in the global operating environment at the core of innovation policy.
The goal of the short-term project (running from 1 October 2019 to 30 April 2020) is to set up a new kind of operating culture. The project lays the foundation for systematic, long-term operations that generate business, exports and jobs. Business development is enabled by strategic RDI cooperation between the participants, new joint projects and the incorporation of project results into business activities. The universities of applied sciences provide concept creation, presentation and identification of business needs, employing innovation to strengthen the competitiveness of companies in the Uusimaa region.
The Uusimaa growth triangle and the compact urban structure of the Metropolitan Area ensure that the region’s internationally recognised research and education competence and diverse business operations serve as an excellent environment for broad-based cooperation.
The RDI cooperation involving Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia has continued to strengthen since 2016, when the three universities of applied sciences signed a strategic alliance agreement. As specified in the agreement, the goal of the joint R&D Excellence of 3AMK is to enhance cooperation between the participating institutions and build joint competence clusters to strengthen the international competitiveness of the Metropolitan Area. Close cooperation among the three institutions supports and enables continuous development and long-term cooperation in the region after project completion.
The cooperation models developed in this project also pave the way for new, internationally recognised research and cooperation initiatives outside Europe.