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Creative industries

Enter the home city of Max Payne

Original ideas are born in interaction. In Espoo’s innovation ecosystem and Aalto University, open collaboration is a real source of innovation.

Led by Espoo-based companies like Remedy Entertainment and Rovio, the Finnish gaming industry is a raving success story of artificial reality. Meanwhile, startups, researchers, and corporations are constructing a more tangible reality with sustainable textiles and packaging, and even high-rises that are made entirely of wood — all in the spirit of the circular economy. In Espoo's creative industries ecosystem, you can enter a new era of arts and design innovation.

Espoo strongholds

  • Design
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Media & Games
  • Architecture
Facts & figures

It’s the law! Finnish building regulations allow versatile utilisation of wood in different architectural structures.

Did you know? Aalto University is the largest design university in the Nordic countries.

Big numbers: Gaming industry is the most important sector of Finnish culture exports. The industry employs 3200 people, of which 27% are foreigners.

Why should you do creative industries business in Espoo? 

Finland is a design nation that is changing the traditional design-led industries. The design-driven research and co-creation that happens in Espoo innovation ecosystem focus on solving contemporary problems with socially valuable and commercially viable solutions:

  • Companies unite with researchers and startups to develop new environment-friendly packaging and industrial materials from waste and biodegradable substances.
  • The Finnish public sector and Aalto University’s department of architecture are reimagining the possibilities of wood construction.
  • Corporate and public partners, such as Rolls Royce Marine, Marimekko or the New Children’s Hospital of Helsinki, solve real-life innovation problems in collaboration with Aalto University.

   

We help you to find the right creative industries business and investment opportunities

In Espoo’s innovation ecosystem, you can collaborate with Finland’s top creative minds and creative industries startups. Enter Espoo helps you find creative industries business opportunities in Espoo and elsewhere in Finland and get easy access to the ecosystem.

 

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What does sustainability mean in creative industries?

Sustainable development calls for a reconsideration of how we consume, manufacture, and design objects. Creative industries contribute to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through new and innovative approaches to problems arising from unsustainable ways of living.

The primary objectives of sustainability are to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimise waste, and create healthy, productive environments. The sustainable design aims to reduce negative impacts on the environment and improve people's health and quality of living. Therefore, innovation and creativity can drive inclusive and sustainable growth.