CULTA Project: Educational Trip to Helsinki
On June 17-18 the team of the KA-3004 project (Cultural Training and Activation Initiative) implemented by the KRICPE of PetrSU visited the Center for Development of Creative Industries and Startup Sauna operating on the premises of Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland). The visit was organized at the invitation of the Finnish partners under the aegis of the Flagship University Development Program.
The aim of the visit to Aalto University was to pursue the interest of PetrSU specialists in relevant issues of development of entrepreneurship, including in the area of creative industries. Among the main topics discussed at the meetings in Helsinki were the problems of financial support of small business, support programs for small and medium enterprises implemented in Russia and Finland, investment climate at the municipal level, search for investors, development of entrepreneurship among students and youth, support tools for investment projects.
The participants of the work meeting noted that growth of entrepreneurship directly influences the dynamic expansion of support infrastructure, including business incubators, technoparks, educational and scientific organizations that offer practical support to beginning and active entrepreneurs. Universities and other educational institutions should be hugely involved in this process as in close cooperation with entrepreneurs they can act as a special “bridges” for commercialization of innovations and science-driven projects.
The delegates from Karelia took particular interest in the presentation of efficient models of development and support of entrepreneurship in Finland, including the Bridge program implemented in the cities of Salo, Tampere, and Oulu for freed-up labor during the reorganization of Nokia Company, and Protomo program that has shown great results in several cities of Finland.
The experience amassed by Finnish colleagues while using the mentioned models was deemed quite interesting and feasible for replication in other territories. The partners discussed possible courses of joint actions in the development of creative industries, entrepreneurship, and self-employment in test cities of the Republic of Karelia.