The Tampere region has a unique combination of research, business and services related to health technology and health services. The city region has strong expertise in research, product development and innovation that combines medicine, biotechnology, bioinformation and technology. The rapidly growing Kauppi campus holds Tampere University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology as well as Tampere University Hospital. The campus also contains high-level research units and specialised hospitals. A growing number of companies developing life science and health technology products operate on the campus. In addition, Tampere University’s Hervanta campus features the university’s technology hub and a concentration of high-tech companies that operate directly or indirectly in health technology value chains. Business Tampere strengthens the ecosystem by marketing this entity and its individual companies to potential international partners, by opening dialogue between investors and companies and by promoting business investments in the region.
Storytelling is central to all business activities, and there is a lot of storytelling expertise in the city region. Developing gaming, cinema and TV industries, together with a strong offering of experiences and events, build an attractive environment for residents and tourists in the Tampere city region. This supports profitable business and its renewal, and attracts talent.
European Capital of Culture application
Tampere’s application for European Capital of Culture (ECOC) is reflected in all aspects of the economic strategy of the Tampere city region. The ECOC application is a key element in promoting business. It produces positive images of the operating environment and builds the area’s attraction and retention power and a high quality of life, attracting top professionals of various industries to the area.
The experiences arising from culture have a direct effect on the business of companies by improving business experience, innovation and renewal capacity and by increasing competitiveness and added value.
The strategy for tourism in the region is addressed separately in the Tampere City Region Tourism Strategy, which Visit Tampere has developed in cooperation with tourism companies and other stakeholders. It will guide operations until 2025.
The Tampere city region is Finland’s second-biggest hub of game development. Around 30 game developers operate in the region, and many of them are important players in their field. In summer 2019, gaming companies established an association in Tampere. The development of the gaming business is also being promoted by, for example, supporting incubation activities. The leading Finnish gaming research centre operates in Tampere as part of the university community. The key to the development of the gaming ecosystem is ensuring the availability of talent and the competence of gaming business models in particular.
The field of business ecosystems as a whole changes and evolves as new areas of expertise and companies emerge.
A significant aviation ecosystem has developed in the Tampere city region, including private training providers and technology developers, universities, an airport operator and many other stakeholders. Finland’s leading aviation experts have established an internationally unique partnership network with the aim of developing export products related to aviation, transport and their management and thus making Finland the leading country in aviation training. Tampere University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences are launching the country’s first export project for higher education in the aviation sector, in which paid education is offered to students from outside Finland and Europe. The package also constitutes one of the top areas of Business Tampere’s education export measures.
The development of ecosystems must be an objective at global level, and the importance of networks must be high.
Creating scalable solutions together, but also protecting intellectual property. Quick trials, openness in networking, protection of solutions in internationalisation and public-private partnerships in ecosystems are the operational models.
Availability and long-term nature of national funding, in particular Business Finland funding. Help in the protection of intellectual property rights must also be taken into account.
Business-to-school collaboration, especially in professional training, to meet future needs
Establishing a Creative Business Tampere entity that brings together expertise across different sectors and takes care of the development of the business conditions in the context of the ECOC application. This will continue to enable the promotion of the ECOC project entity of AR/VR, gaming industry and digital platforms as a part of the Creative Business Tampere package.