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Business Joensuu — about us

About us

Our business-friendly region is an ideal place to grow innovative ideas, business and capital. Business Joensuu is your partner on the road to growth and internationalisation. We together with our networks provide you with solid expertise and information about local conditions and opportunities..

Business Joensuu operates in the Joensuu region and in Central Karelia - in an area comprising nine municipalities, 125,000 inhabitants and 7,500 companies. We offer services for launching companies, growth and internationalisation, investing and relocating, and the facility and event services of Joensuu Science Park. We own the Science Park premises, we are responsible for its business operations, and we offer a wide range of services under one roof.

We carry out goal-oriented cooperation with our customers and stakeholders, thus creating the preconditions for the success and growth of companies in the region in the future. We help you and your company at a good rate, professionally and productively. 

The owners of Business Joensuu are the city of Joensuu, the University of Eastern Finland, the Joensuu University Support Foundation, the Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium Riveria.

"All of us will be in tune with your endeavours and help you make your business into a success!"

The Business Joensuu team

Contact our business experts and embark on your journey to success!

On-call business service
+358 10 419 8011
Mon – Fri, 9 – 17

Calls to numbers starting 010 are charged normally (local network rate or mobile charge).

Board of directors of Business Joensuu

The owners of Business Joensuu are the city of Joensuu, the University of Eastern Finland, the Joensuu University Support Foundation, the Karelia University of Applied Sciences and the North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium Riveria. The owners appoint the board. The board members bring in their broad vision and networks from different sectors of business, entrepreneurship, education, employment, regional needs and societal decision-making.

Composition of the Board of Directors 
  • Sami Laitila, member of Joensuu City Council; Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Physics, Joensuu Lyseo upper secondary school (Chairman of the Board)
  • Satu-Sisko Eloranta, member of Joensuu City Council, Employment Coordinator, City of Joensuu.
  • Johannes Lasaroff, Executive Director, Joensuun Yrittäjät ry
  • Markku Hauta-Kasari, Vice Dean and Professor, University of Eastern Finland
  • Pia Hiltunen, Director of Finance and Administration, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
  • Jarmo Paakkunainen, Managing Director, Outokummun Metalli Oy
  • Kimmo Tanskanen, Chairman of the Board, Solenovo Oy


We strengthen companies' opportunities for growth and internationalisation by actively working in both national and international networks.

Business Joensuu is a member of the following networks:

Bioenergia ry,
Congress Network Finland ry,
EastCham Finland ry,
European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA),
Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN),
Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong,
Hallituspartnerit Itä-Suomi ry,
International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation – IASP,
Muoviyhdistys ry,
Photonics Finland,
Pohjois-Karjalan Kauppakamari,
Pohjois-Karjalan Yrittäjät ry, / pohjois-karjala
Pohjois-Karjalan yrityskummit ry,
Rakli ry,
Saksalais-Suomalainen Kauppakamari (AHK Finnland),
Suomalais-ruotsalainen kauppakamari,
Suomen Elinkeino- ja Kehitysyhtiöt SEKES ry,
Suomen Yrittäjät,
Virta – Joensuun Kaupunkikeskustayhdistys ry,

Olemme Green office

Business Joensuu is a Green Office. WWF Green Office is an environmental management system for offices that enables workplaces to reduce their environmental burden, achieve savings and slow climate change. Read more about the Green Office system on the WWF website.

Safety and security

Business Joensuu, which owns Science Park, has a safety and security team that is responsible for ensuring safety and security at the facility. The team has prepared a safety and security policy that defines the objectives, responsibilities and implementation methods adopted by Business Joensuu.

Safety and security is part of Business Joensuu’s strategy and operational quality. Safety and security work is part of daily activities. The different safety and security needs of the tenants, customers and other partners set high standards for safety and security management at Business Joensuu. Mikko Naakka is the safety and security manager at Science Park. 

The safety and security team’s key areas of responsibility

  • Specifying the policy and principles related to safety and security
  • Setting safety and security objectives
  • Describing operating models related to safety and security
  • Planning and monitoring operational activities related to safety and security
  • Compiling safety and security documents and instructions 

Organisation of safety activities 

The safety and security team works directly under the Business Joensuu management. Business Joensuu’s management group approves the policy, principles, objectives and action plans. Measures agreed by the team are implemented in accordance with the normal areas of responsibility at Business Joensuu. The safety and security team meets three times a year or when needed.



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Projects as tools

Business Joensuu Oy implements, administers and finances a variety of different projects. These projects are either regional, national or international in nature, and many of them are funded by the EU Structural Fund.