Smart Specialisation

Smart specialisation is an innovative approach that aims to boost growth and jobs by enabling region to identify and develop its own competitive advantages. Through its partnership and bottom-up approach, smart specialisation brings together quadrable helix (4H) actors such as local authorities, academia, businesses and the civil society, working for the implementation of long-term growth strategies supported by EU funds.

Everything is based on regional co-operation. In Päijät-Häme Smart Specialisation means that our 4H actors have selected the strongest areas of expertise that have potential to create sustainable growth, jobs and welfare. Spearheads in Päijät-Häme are:

The European Commission launched the concept of Smart Specialisation in 2012 ( in order to support regions in finding their innovation potential in business sectors and services. One of the most important targets is to help regions to reinforce their R&D activities by utilizing EU’s different financial instruments and programmes. This is supported by Smart Specialisation thematic forums, which give tools to development of interregional co-operation and formation of European value-chains

For further information, please contact

Riika Kivelä
Project Manager
+358 44 371 9454