Who we are

What we do

New growth for Oulu

BusinessOulu, a public utility of the City of Oulu, is responsible for implementing the city's industry and employment policies by promoting activities for enterprise, employment and business in the region according to the principles agreed on by the City Board.

The business policy of the City of Oulu aims at providing the companies and entrepreneurship with an operating environment that promotes the creation, operation, growth and competitiveness of companies, along with regional employment. Together with BusinessOulu, the City Board is responsible for developing and realising this policy, which is implemented in collaboration with regional business operatives.

BusinessOulu organises various development services for companies and improves their operating environment. In addition to promoting the internationalisation of companies, BusinessOulu is in charge of the international business marketing of the city. BusinessOulu also works actively to bring new investments to the region.

The employment policy of the City of Oulu aims at increasing the vitality and employment in the city. BusinessOulu is responsible for activities concerning municipal employment support as well as organising services for employers and employees. The employment services are produced through a multi-disciplinary model in partnership with companies, subdivisions of the city administration, and other operators, such as the third sector.

Vision, mission and customer promise


International Oulu is the fastest growing urban area in Finland and a top location for business growth and new openings.


Partner and growth enabler for local companies.

We offer growth-oriented companies with competitive operating environments, partnership networks and business services.

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Oulu – Capital of Northern Scandinavia – growth and development hotspot of Northern Europe.

BusinessOulu is in charge of implementing the City of Oulu's industry policies, and providing growth companies with the services they require, in addition to promoting export, import, investments, and employment. With the help of its international partner network, BusinessOulu acts as a partner to companies and helps them grow, particularly in the North, where it leads and participates in the operations of “Suomi-talot” (Finnish Business Hubs). BusinessOulu persistently develops tourism business, conferences, congresses and events.

Oulu’s innovation environment, ecosystems, and think tanks create innovations in a bold and productive manner. The aim is to rapidly develop business opportunities and significantly increase startup investments.