OGV – Oulu Growth Venturing

Length of project: 
12.2011 to 12.2013
Source of the funding: 
The European Regional Development Fund and City of Oulu
Committed funding: 
EUR 485 406
Description of project: 
The project aims to establish a new entrepreneurship center where anyone can come to develop their ideas or business with the support of a local and global network. The key idea of Business Kitchen is to become a hub between the universities and companies in the Oulu region.
Research consortium or cooperation partners: 
Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Local companies, Oulu Innovation Alliance, City of Oulu and Council of Oulu Region, OBS team: Professor Petri Ahokangas, Professor Vesa Puhakka, Senior Research Fellow/Development Manager Johanna Bluemink, University Teachers Lauri Haapanen, Sauli Pajari and Sakari Nikkilä, Project Manager Petteri Lahtela, Doctoral Students Hanna Okkonen and Irene Lehto.
(Anticipated) results of the project: 
Project has focused on creating an open innovative space, Business Kitchen, which offers working and co-location space for students and entrepreneurs in the heart of Oulu. Several events, trainings and collaborative networks serve in strengthening entrepreneurial orientation among students from all faculties and support entrepreneurs in business development. The overall aim of the project and Business Kitchen activities is to support more local companies into international markets and through this create more employment to Finland.
Contact person: 
Senior Research Fellow/Development Manager Johanna Bluemink (Johanna.bluemink@oulu.fi)

Last updated: 7.2.2016