ICT innovation environments

Innovation environments are meeting places for ideas, teams and companies. Innovation environments seek for new businesses from the interfaces between different industries. Innovation environments use methods of co-development and provide innovation services. Some innovation environments are investment objects for built urban environment, so-called regional development objects. Other innovation environments are places where new solutions and businesses can be developed and tested.

OuluHealth Labs

OuluHealth Labs offers companies a unique testing environment for health product development. Oulu Health Labs consists of testing environments in which businesses, students, and health and social care professionals can test and develop their ideas and products in authentic environments together with actual users. The aim is to put innovation faster into practice, to facilitate its commercialization, and to boost the export of Finnish companies in the welfare industry.

Built Environment

Karjasilta Business Lab

  • The area around Karjasilta school that will be closed soon is going to become an area for housing and complementary building where new products and services for the construction sector and ICT technology are used and piloted. Joint development and interaction has been used in the planning in co-operation with companies, customers, authorities and designers. Karjasilta Business Lab will develop new service models, energy solutions, access control and building automation for housing, as well as mobility services.

Resca area in Hiukkavaara

  • A pilot area for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Hiukkavaara where different energy sources and their optimized combinations (hybrids) as well as suitable energy efficiency solutions are developed for single-family houses. The best solutions are developed into recommended concepts for consumers and businesses.


In the area around Välivainio school, a plot transfer competition is organized with the aim of finding a co-operation partner for the development of the region. The implementing consortium will use the area as a development platform for housing, services or construction products and/or services. The competition is open until 31 January 2016.

5G test network

Finland's first 5G test network is built in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Centre Ltd, the University of Oulu, and companies. The 5G test network enables the development of new technologies and to test their performance in a realistic environment. Also, it allows for a very high-quality multimedia and cloud-based services, as well as the future Internet of Things (IoT).

Additional information:
Open innovation platforms spearhead project, Oulu
Project manager Heikki Huhmo
tel. +358 50 360 5940, heikki.huhmo(at)

3D and information modeling

Oulu is a pioneer in 3D-technologies and information modeling, for example in the construction industry. MAPGETS portal offers a browser-based, open-source realXtend source code-based 3D application platform. It is aimed at both developers of applications related to urban data, urban data providers and various service producers as well as professionals who use urban data in the sales and marketing of their products.

Additional information:
Open innovation platforms spearhead project, Oulu
Project manager Heikki Huhmo
tel. +358 50 360 5940, heikki.huhmo(at)

Business Kitchen

BusinessKitchen is a joint Center for Entrepreneurship for the University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to promote student and research-driven entrepreneurship. Through its diverse services, Business Kitchen contributes to refining business ideas and developing business. Also, it brings the competence and expertise of university students closer to companies. An important part of the activities in Oulu Entrepreneurship Society (OuluES) is an open community for all students who are interested in entrepreneurship.

In addition, BusinessKitchen houses e.g. Finnish Enterprise Agencies’ information service for starting entrepreneurs, BusinessOulu’s business and accelerator services as well as other private business service companies.


The internationally award-winning Demola Network is an open joint development, multi-disciplinary and user-oriented rapid prototyping and testing environment that offers a channel for new and fresh innovative ideas. In Demola, companies and student teams will work together to find a solution to a challenge, idea or problem presented by a company or an organization. Demola Oulu brings together students from each of the University faculties and from more than ten training programmes at the University of Applied Sciences. The students will be turned into a motivated and multi-disciplinary student team that corresponds to the client needs and with a mission is to produce innovative solutions, demos. Please have a look at our website for more information on our services

Oamk LABs

Oamk LABs are an innovative and expanding pre-incubator program at Oulu University of Applied Sciences that focus on entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary learning. Growing from our original LAB – Oulu Game LAB – which focuses on the creation of multidisciplinary teams to build prototypes, products and then start-ups targeting the global games industry. We have recently included two more LABs: DevLAB which focuses on spring 2016 the health /wellness and energy/environment industries and on autumn 2016 focus area is green sustainability and natural resources. Another one is EduLAB which focuses on the global education technology industry. All work in LABs is conducted in English and programs are full-time and last roughly 5 months (every semester).

The participants of LABs include advanced university students in the fields of software design, graphic design, business and marketing as well as health, education and other professional fields. We also admit international exchange students and professionals for retraining as well as students from our partner LABs in places like Japan (Global LAB Sendai) and Netherlands (Groningen Game LAB). We also partner with existing national and international companies to support the concept design and prototyping processes.

Cornerstones of the LAB-model are work-life orientation, creative problem-solving, concept development, learning by doing, internationalization, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinarity and broad competence-base among participants. Oamk LABs enables learning by experiencing and practical work. We at Oamk LABs encourage making mistakes, that’s the best way to learn!

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Aarne Kultalahti

Aarne Kultalahti

Head of Business Environment

+358 44 703 1239