About ELMO Project

About ELMO Project

As a result of taking part in the European Commission´s Industrial Transition piloting, the regions of East and North Finland produced a joint smart specialisation strategy in 2018. To contribute to the implementation of the strategy, a joint project was designed and applied. 

The East and North Finland Industrial Transition – From Strategy to Practise is a joint co-ordination project that is administered by the Regional Council of Lapland.

The aim of the coordination project is to create a cluster development model based on the existing network of innovation platforms in the ENF area, which will provide support services to SME´s. After the end of the project, there are collaborative models and cluster structures in the ENF area that support business. Good practices have been identified and a basis for future joint development actions have been found. 

To enable the implementation of the joint strategy, the coordination project also develops common communication practices for East and North Finland and organises events to support inter-regional collaboration between relevant stakeholders. Project will also facilitate in applying membership of the Vanguard Initiative for the East and North Finland in order to gain visibility and to promote networking among other European regions. 

Duration of project

May 8 2019 – May 7 2021


The project has been funded from the European Regional Development fund. Total budget 499 620 € of which national and ERDF funding 399 696 €.

For more information

To learn more about ELMO, see HERE.

Contact information

Project manager
Ilari Havukainen