Thanks to good connections, Kotka gives good base for companies and business. It is just one hour from Helsinki by road and close to St. Petersburg as well. Kotka-Hamina is Finland’s biggest harbour where we have a strong industrial base with good logistics and strong metal industry, renewable energy technology, ICT, gaming industry and tourism.

Kotka-Hamina strives to increase the attraction and awareness of the region as well as attract new companies, people and investment from outside through common and unified marketing.

The slogan Raw by Nature crystallizes the unimaginable essence, the way of doing and the promise of strength, freshness and edges that can not be found elsewhere than in Kotka-Hamina region. It is the core of the business marketing and the intellectual capital related to the history and attitude of Kotka region.

Cursor Oy is a regional development company which consults existing and potential entrepreneurs with designing, tailoring the business ideas and financial packages to finance with clients and other donors. It belongs to  regional business network of Southeast Finland which offers versatile services for companies and entrepreneurs. Cursor gives business advice, mentoring and counseling, helps to internationalize and develop networks and is owned by cities of Kotka and Hamina and the municipalities of Pyhtää, Miehikkälä and Virolahti.

Sales Director Harri Eela and Account Manager Toomas Lybeck stressed that the region is committed to developing the competitiveness and attractiveness with implementation of the economic development strategy and the contents of the strategic master plan. By that guidance, land use and urban planning are seriously taken into account so that businesses, professionals and their families can have a good, safe and inspiring environment to work. “We have already a highly skilled and competitive group of international experts here in Kotka-Hamina region. Among actors in *ship – The Startup Festival and  spearhead companies in digitalisation. By them, the region will attract more professionals and get international attention” – said Eela and Lybeck

Eela and Lybeck also thinks that the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences – Xamk creates a nerve center for experts, start-ups and a learning environment for innovative ideas. An accelerator for new companies named Levelup Startup Accelerator has started and its role in guiding to become professionals would be significant. Existing corporations also need more employees, specialists and outsourcing partners: We are in the middle of a transformation in major industry that should not be ignored.” – added Eela and Lybeck. They also agree that another advantage is the proximity of the metropolitan area of Helsinki: “We offer a competitive alternative to startup entrepreneurs. The company’s or entrepreneur’s position and customer can still stay in Helsinki.

*ship and Cursor co-created an Online Challenge for change-makers worldwide. Find out more about the Challange and register HERE!

Author: Bea Brinkas is the PR Assistant at *ship and a business student at XAMK. She is striving to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Bea enjoys fashion and exercising; and believes in trying her best when doing something.

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