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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 11 April, 1990
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
21-30
Regions: 
Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Juha
Purmonen
ECCP Responsible Person
+358503543832
juha.purmonen@businessjoensuu.fi
Languages spoken: 
English
Finnish
Swedish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Micromachining, nanomachining
Moulding, injection moulding, sintering
S3 EU priority areas: 
Forestry & logging
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Technology & Materials and bioeconomy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
50
Number of SME members: 
35
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
60
Number of larger company members: 
7
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
6
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
UEF
University
Abloy
Larger Company
Nanocomp Ltd
SME
LUKE
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Smart specialisation – Joensuu region invests in selected productive sectors. One of the goals is to increase enterprises’ international competitiveness and know-how in the region.

Fossil oil free region – Emerging bioeconomy and climate change consideration provide good opportunities for resource efficient activities in Joensuu region. The objective to become a region that is free from fossil oil is demanding but realistic.

The programme includes the chosen operational and production priorities of development, development foci of the operating environment as well as special themes to be considered.

The region’s production priorities are Photonics, creative industries, forestry and bioenergy,  as well as technology industry, plastics and metal industry, materials technology and ICT.

These fields will be developed by strengthening the competitiveness of business life, different skills, internationalisation and resource efficiency. The objective is especially to utilise the geographical location in proximity to Russia. Furthermore, special focus will be on the youth, local development of rural areas and promotion of the region’s attractiveness and image.

In regard to the development of operating environment, the focus is on the functionality of transport and communications systems and on high-quality of education and research. The region will invest in effective service system, availability of services and in service entrepreneurship. Environmental issues become emphasised especially as the region invests in low-carbon economy and also in the quality of housing and living environment.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Japan
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Sweden
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European Programmes
H2020
Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Business joensuu brings together companies of all sizes, research labs, technology platforms and training centres in a clearly designated in North-Karelia region and a target subject area (photonics and forestry). It aims to support innovation by promoting original and collaborative research and development (R&D) projects, along with industrialisation, by supporting the development and growth of its corporate members.

Its goal is to create an environment that fosters innovation and supports its members by coordinating leadership, pooling and support measures in areas such as access to public and private funding, international business development and cross sectoral cooperation.