Smart specialisation is the driving force behind innovation, growth and internationalization - to be a competitive, attractive and vibrant Kymenlaakso.
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.
Kymenlaakso’s innovation ecosystem provides sustainable solutions, products and services for the future, which are based on high-level know-how and technologies that cross the interfaces of above mentioned fields. At the heart of smart specialisation are active development-oriented companies and actors in the research and education sector. The principles of culture of experimentation and the quadrupole have been embraced as a natural part of innovation and development action.
Smart specialisation is a strategic approach to develop and renew business life and to respond to future skills needs in the selected key areas. It 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.
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. During 2021, the project will start implementing the updated strategy and implement the development program planned in connection with the strategy update.
Kymenlaakso´s updated RIS3 Strategy 2021-2025 was published on 12th March 2021.
Petri Tolmunen, Project manager