The Centre of Expertise Programme lays the ground for diverse innovation activities in which high-level research is combined with technological, design and business competence. The programme is a tool for regional innovation, which contains ready-made operating models and networks for the national and international markets. The programme offers networks and services for companies, universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions.
The Centre of Expertise Programme is a fixed-term special programme coordinated by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, in compliance with the Act on Regional Development. It targets local, regional and national resources at the utilisation of top-level expertise. The programme supports regional strengths, the specialisation of regions and cooperation between Centres of Expertise.
The Centre of Expertise Programme reinforces innovation hubs that can be desirable partners for international networks. Through the programme, companies can receive competitive advantages through the meetings between different regions and sectors.
At the core of the programme are project planning, company activation, strengthening partnerships and boosting competence. The collaboration leads to new companies, new business, growth companies, new business models and new services. It allows for opportunities in the new global economy to be identified and seized more quickly.