The natural and close connection between the companies, public sector and universities operating in the area is the strength of the economic life of the Lahti region. One of the keys to our success is that traditional industries also have a desire and ability to reinvent themselves: the companies in the area follow global trends, create new business and make use of the area’s strengths – cleantech and design – in the development of their business.
PRAGMATIC TOOLS FOR INNOVATIONS
A HIGH R&D -PRODUCTIVITY
The Lahti region is a forerunner in the development and application of the practice-based innovation model. The practice-based method of innovation and product development, the quick testing, application and commercialization of ideas are characteristic of this model. Lahti is the top large Finnish city for the productivity of R&D (when comparing the number of innovations to R&D costs).Innoklubi >
Top innovation research
One of Europe’s leading innovation environment research groups, the Lahti School of Innovation of the Lappeenranta University of Technology, operates in Lahti. It has strongly been involved in promoting the innovation activities of the area’s businesses and developing new kinds of practical tools to support it. The businesses in the area have achieved great results by using these tools in accelerating their product development and improving their internal innovation process.Lahti School of Innovation >