Smart specialisation is the driving force behind innovation, growth and internationalization - to be a competitive, attractive and vibrant Kymenlaakso.
Smart specialisation is a strategic approach to develop and renew business life and to respond to future skills needs in the selected key areas. Its aims at regional knowledge-based economic differentiation, which is grounded on the region’s own areas of strength and growth. The objective is moreover to promote business, research, development and innovation activities (RDI) based on the region’s strength and growth areas.
Smart Specialisation is intendent to improve the region’s competitiveness by strengthening interaction between different industries, services and technologies both within the region and between different regions. Emphasis is placed on channelling regional research, development and innovation activities know-how int the growth and development of companies and the creation of new regional businesses.
The Kymenlaakso RIS3 strategy describes the region's strengths and expertise to distinguish itself from other areas. The strategy is also a way to market Kymenlaakso and its expertise internationally. The RIS3 strategy will provide all actors with a common vision, framework and objectives for implementing regional development projects and innovation activities. In the economic development and renewal, strong focus on financial support for research, development and innovation is of key importance. The long-term goal of implementing the strategy is internationality and inter-regional project cooperation within the themes of intelligent differentiation.
Kymenlaakso’s choices for smart specialisation priorities for 2021 – 2025 are
• Smart and green logistics (logistical priority)
• Renewable materials and energy (bio and circular economy priority)
• Data economy, cyber security and gamification (digitalisation priority)
Kymenlaakso´s updated RIS3 Strategy 2021-2025 will be published in February 2021
Kymenlaakso updated its smart specialisation strategy during Autumn 2020. The update of the strategy was part of the ERDF-funded project KymÄES 2.0 – Accelerating the Kymenlaakso Smart Specialisation Innovation Ecosystem. The new strategy will be published in February 2021. During 2021, the project will start implementing the updated strategy and implement the development program planned in connection with the strategy update.
Updated version will be published in January 2021.
More information can be requested from the project manager Petri Tolmunen