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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BusinessOulu’s mission is to promote vitality in the city by building success potential for the entire region, its citizens, and companies. We are making a strong northern growth centre which will attract businesses, new inhabitants, and students. We are creating new jobs sustainably through the growth of companies.

We serve companies through their start-up, growth, and internationalisation phases as they develop their operations and operating environment. We also help businesses with their networking as well as recruitment of talented workforce.

We help job seekers find employment and develop their expertise. We create direct contacts with corporate life to facilitate matchmaking between job seekers and companies with vacant positions.

Our close collaboration with companies, educational institutions, research facilities and public operators is manifested through many international success stories. We are making Oulu more widely known as we meet the competition for investments, companies, talents, tourists, and events.

We serve our customers individually. Our low-threshold services include business and employment services and topical coaching programmes. Our employment services are directed particularly to long-term unemployed people, under 30-year-olds, and immigrants as well as non-Finnish-speaking job seekers.