We support our growing companies in creating jobs, promoting export, refining competencies and developing different lines of business. Boosting competences calls for the right kind of attitude on your part – the courage and assertive attitude Oulu is renowned for.
Oulu is one of Finland’s fastest-growing cities where new innovative companies are constantly growing and entering the global market. Excellent partners often serve as enablers for the companies’ growth, and BusinessOulu is happy to help you in finding them. The Invest In team and industry-specific account managers serve as your local guides to the business world in Oulu.
You have a business idea you intend to move forward with. Great, because you are precisely the kind of bold pioneer Oulu needs. But how do you know if your idea has enough potential to become a profitable business? We help you to take the first steps from square one as a sparring partner with whom you can consider the most critical questions relating to your business idea.
There are lots of things to take care of when you are establishing a business.
Are the incorporation documents, financial calculations, business plan, business premises, permits, registrations and insurance policies in order? Am I eligible for start-up grant, and what other means of financing are available? Our experts’ practical advice will guide you forward in various problems you may have when starting a business. In addition to providing guidance, we also evaluate your business idea and its potential risks.
BusinessOulu will help you to clarify the financing needs and options related to starting up and developing a business. The company’s overall financing is collected from various funding sources. In addition to equity capital and income financing, the company often needs debt capital. We will help you in raising both public and private funding.
The largest growth often comes through internationalization, but this calls for careful preparation. Even if your company’s product is solid, you also need to know the target market, use the correct networks and secure financing. Our experts provide you with practical support in internationalization and the commencement of export operations.
The ownership of a company can change as a result of an acquisition or generational change. Both are challenging operations that demand diverse competence and expertise. BusinessOulu's experts offer advice and guidance in generational changes, mergers and acquisitions, for sellers and for buyers. We also benefit from an extensive network of experts who will help you to implement the ownership change effortlessly.
In cooperation with our partners, we provide several practical training and coaching programs related to business competence. The topics range from sales and marketing competence to export operations, company financing, financial administration, business and contract law, and product and service development. The duration of the coaching sessions varies from short briefings to tailored programs that last for a few days.
We have developed our online services to make contacting us easier and to ensure that the services are available whenever you need them. Whenever you need personal service, our experts are one phone call away.
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We provide scientists, organizations and companies with a free-of-charge expert service in organizing a meeting or conference in Oulu.
The House of Finland was opened in Tromsø 21.01.2014. Business Oulu is launching its activities in the house, the basic idea is to help Finnish businesses in northern NorwayRead more
The aim of the Innovative Cities program is to generate business-driven regional ecosystems and innovation and reference environments. The city provides companies with development and piloting environments to develop their own products and services in real environments.Read more
14–15 October 2015
The biggest industry-related seminar and contact event in northern Finland.
Arctic Airlink gives you better, faster and smarter transport between northern Finland, Norway and Sweden.Read more and buy tickets