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Turku Science Park- Strong Platform for High Tech Companies

Baltic Sea Region University Network.

Ilkka Kouvonen


the global competitiveness report 2006 2007
The Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007

Overall Competitiveness Index

Innovation factors

Source: World Economic Forum, Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007

r d input in finland
R&D input in Finland
  • Total 5.5 billion euros, 3.5 percent ofthe Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2005.

Public sector1.6 billion euros

Enterprises3.9 billioneuros

Sources: Statistics Finland and Tekes

finnish science parks
Finnish Science Parks



Finn-Medi Research


Helsinki Business & Science Park

Joensuu Science Park

Kajaani Technology Centre

KETEK Central Ostrobothnia

Technology Centre

Lahti Science and Business Park

Mikkeli Techn. Centre Miktech



Raahe Region Technology Centre

Seinäjoki Technology Centre

Technology Centre Hermia

Technology Centre Innopark

Technology Centre Oy Merinova

Technology Centre TechVilla

Technology Centre Teknia

Technopolis JSP

Technopolis Kareltek Ltd

Technoplis Plc.

Technopolis Ventures

Turku Science Park

OPERATIVE COMPANIES24 technology and science parks

630 employees120 M€ turnoverSCIENCE PARKS2 400 enterprises and organizations

50 000 experts more than 1 030 000 m2


Finnish Science Park Association,

part of International Association of

Science Parks

turku science park strong platform for high tech
Turku Science Park - strong platform for high-tech
  • three universities
  • two polytechnics
  • university hospital
  • 13 500 employees
  • 25 000 students
  • 400 professors
  • 300 companies and organisations
  • over 250 000 m2 of premises

5 km², within a walking distance from

the city-centre


PharmaCity (2001)21 000 m²

OldMill (2000)13 000 m²

EuroCity (1999)21 000 m²

BioCity (1992)37 000 m²

ElectroCity (1989)16 000 m²

DataCity (1988)46 000 m²


Turku High Tech Centre II (2004)4 800 m²

Turku High Tech Centre I (2001)5 000 m²

Trivium (2001)8 500 m²

Intelligate (2006)6 000 m²

ICT Building (2006)34 000 m²

turku science park one of the oldest largest and fastest growing science parks in finland
Turku Science Park – one of the oldest, largest and fastest growing science parks in Finland
accelerating innovative growth


Regional development company and neutral intermediate between research, business and the public sector

Operative coverage

Focus on biotechnology and ICT; same methods and procedures applied also to other business areas

Physical cover: City of Turku, Turku Region and SW Finland, but success requires cooperation also at the national and international levels

Accelerating innovative growth


To promote businesses based on local university knowlegde

Strategic goals

  • External R&D funding, VC and investments to focal areas
  • Number of emloyees in focal areas
  • The city´s and region´s image as a centre for high-tech
organisational structure undergoing changes
Organisational structure undergoing changes

Turku Science Park Ltd

Turku Bio Valley Ltd

ICT Turku Ltd

Technology Accelerator Ltd

Life Science AcceleratorLtd

With Karolinska and other partners

With other partners

strong city involvement in turku science park

Universities 19%

Companies 33%

Surrounding municipalities 27%

Turku Energy 6 %

Real estate owners 21%

Others 4 %

City of Turku 90 %

Strong City involvement in Turku Science Park

Business-driven Board of Directors

The Chairmen:

Tom von Weymarn, The Chairman of the Board, also Chairman of the Board in TeliaSonera Ab and Lännen Tehtaat Plc

Tero Hirvilammi, Vice-Chairman of the Board, Deputy Mayor for Competence and Business Development in the city of Turku

Board members:

Pauliina de Anna, 2nd Vice-Chair of the City Board (City of Turku)

Rabbe Klemets, Chairman of the Board in Klemets Management Ltd

Seppo Lehtinen, 1st Vice-Chair of the City Board (City of Turku)

Björn Mattsson, Chairman of the Board in Patria Plc and Nordkalk Plc

Aleksi Randell, Chairman of the City Board (City of Turku)

Matti K. Viljanen, Professor, Vice-Rector in University of Turku

solid scientific base source of innovations and experts

120 professors

  • 1000 scientists
  • 3700 university students
  • 350 polytechnic students
  • 8 Graduate Schools
  • 80 new PhDs / MDs per year
Solid scientific base - source of innovations and experts
  • 35 professors
  • 260 scientists
  • 2000 university students
  • 2000 polytechnic students
  • Graduate School
  • 20 new PhDs per year
focal areas bio and ict but our scope is broader
Focal areas bio and ICT, but our scope is broader

Drug development

HealthBio cluster

Software and services


Mobile and telecom

Maritime cluster


Electronics and devices

Tourism and exp.ind. cluster

Functional foods

Content production

Food-processing devel.cluster

Forest Industry Future

centre of expertise programme
Centre of Expertise Programme
  • - A fixed term programme, running since 1994, pooling local, regional and national resources to utilize top expertise
  • - Seed funding from Ministry of Interior as catalyzer
  • 2007- 2013 CoE Programme
  • New concept : strenghtening co-operation in selected national Competence Clusters ( 13 )
  • Focus on internationality both in R&D and in business
  • Boosts the growth of knowledge-intensive companies
  • Attracts international companies, investments and experts
competence clusters in coe programme 2007 2013
Competence Clusters in CoE programme 2007-2013
  • HealthBio - Turku co-ordinates
  • Well-being
  • Food-processing development - Turku participates
  • Future energy technologies
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Digital content business
  • Tourism and experince industry - Turku participates
  • Nano- and microsystems
  • Maritime cluster - Turku co-ordinates *
  • Intelligent machines
  • Forest industry future - Turku participates
  • Living cluster
  • Environmental technology
  • *Machine Technology Centre Turku Ltd
our business development concept

TULI – Start-up funding for university based ideas

Venture Cup – business plan competition


Our business development concept

Facilitate start-up technology companies

Approved business plan, early stage, commitment, will to succeed

Facilities, office services, training and consultation, networking, financial support



18 years of experience

160 technology companies established

Over 850 new jobs created

Success rate 85 – 90 %