ICT companies in the Joensuu region export, for instance, data removal, remote sensing of natural resources, digital learning, operations management in social and health care, as well as innovations of the industrial internet.
The emerging ICT companies continuously employ new people. In 2003, only few ICT companies employed over 20 members of personnel. Now the list of such companies is long, including Blancco, Fastroi, Valamis, Arbonaut, Solenovo, Cloudia, Process Genius and Keypro, among others. The biggest companies employ approximately one hundred workers, such as CGI and Pohjois-Karjalan Tietotekniikkakeskus (link in Finnish). Diverse product-based business is typical for companies in the ICT sector. There are only few companies involved solely in subcontracting.
ICT companies can be divided into three main types:
- companies originating from Joensuu and with their main office in Joensuu
- companies with an office in Joensuu as a result of, for instance, a takeover, but with their main office elsewhere in Finland
- promising startups resulting from the Startup Hub’s activities
Joensuu provides an excellent breeding ground
Organic growth, acquisitions and internationalisation do not happen without real experts. There are many powerful sources of growth in the Joensuu region: Riveria, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the University of Eastern Finland and a Startup Hub which has been around for long in Joensuu.
Joensuu region offers an excellent development platform for operators in the ICT sector. Forest bioeconomy, photonics and the high value-added products of metal and plastic industry offer an excellent opportunity to develop ICT solutions and services together with the industry leaders and the educational and research institutions of the area, such as National Resource Institute Finland and European Forest Institute EFI. The development of the ICT sector is also strongly supported by the fact that Joensuu is a leading European centre of photonics research and business.
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