The DIKIEKO project will conceptualize and pilot a virtual platform (Hyötyvirta Hub) which will support circular economy business in Kymenlaakso region / Southeast Finland as part of developing Hyötyvirta business ecosystem.

The virtual platform will be tested and developed together with SMEs, taking into account the perspectives of user groups and identifying the business development opportunities of companies that are currently operating or may emerge in the regional digital circular economy. Utilizing business anthropology, SMEs are supported in anticipating behavioral changes in the long term and in their ability to involve public and customers in the development of circular economy culture and, thus, related business.

The DIKIEKO project creates a starting point for the further development of Hyötyvirta Hub onwards from an information platform into an increasingly versatile part of the regional environmental and circular economy business park: Hyötyvirta area, enabling it to develop into a nationally and internationally influential digital circular economy innovation platform. The project identifies business opportunities of digital circular economy through identification and rapid experimentation of digital solutions needed by companies to support growth of circular economy business.

Actions in DIKIEKO project, incl. the piloting of the virtual platform, rapid experiments and dialogue, activate participants in digital circular economy ecosystem and support the active role of SMEs in the region in the development of the digital circular economy ecosystem and as users of Hyötyvirta Hub. The project promotes environmental impact in terms of transition from a linear to circular economy, achievement of low-carbon goals and promoting resource efficiency and digital solutions (including sharing economy and remote work).

The project is funded as part of the European Union’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

More information

Melina Maunula
Project Specialist, M.Sc.
Forest, the environment and energy focus area
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)
firstname.lastname@xamk.fi
+358 44 7028521
Paraatikenttä 7
FI-45100 Kouvola

Jaana Kyhyräinen
Specialist
Circular Economy Kouvola
Kouvola Innovation
+358 20 615 9480

Facts

DIKIEKO - Digital Circular Economy Ecosystem

1 September 2021 – 31 August 2023

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Partners: Kouvola Innovation

Budget

Total budget: € 389 428

XAMK part of the total budget: € 229 068

Financiers and main source of funding: The Regional Council of Kymenlaakso: REACT-EU-funding from the European regional fund