Improving competitiveness of SMEs and attractiveness of the cross-border region by developing King's Road's ecosystem and offering new digital tools

Project goals:

  • To improve the competitiveness and competence, to identify new business opportunities for SMEs related to the project theme
  • To increase awareness and attractiveness of King’s Road among companies, tourism sector and users; to improve cross-border cooperation in King’s Road regions.
  • To improve and modernize existing King’s Road ecosystem and cooperation conditions; to develop new methods and digital tools for preserving and enhancing experiences of common historical heritage as a base for cooperation of business and social societies.

Expected results:

  • Better competitiveness, capacity and competences of SMEs operating in the King’s Road area due to increased awareness and attractiveness of the area for start-ups, investors and customers.
  • The model of effective functional King’s Road ecosystem modernized in close cooperation with regional authorities, business and cultural stakeholders.
  • Methods and digital solutions for enhancing the potential of sustainable business collaboration and preserving the shared historical heritage have been developed, tested and evaluated. Efforts to reach a new dimension of the whole King’s Road ecosystem have been enhanced and the possibilities and competences of using technology for business, tourists and public and regional organizations are expanded.


Higher education and research cooperation with Russia has been freezed since March 4th 2002, according to the recommendation by Ministry of Education and Culture. Ongoing RDI projects can continue without partners from Russia or Belarus.

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Project manager
Katja Gorelkina
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King's Road Renascence - New Dimension and Digital Tools

1 January 2021 – 31 December 2022

Project partners

Lead partner: South-East Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK)

Partners: Metropolia UAS, Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University, European-Russian InnoPartnership (ERIP)

Other partners: Kuninkaantie ry

Focus areas: Digital economy


Total budget: € 573 877

XAMK part of the total budget: € 197 024

Financiers and main source of funding: The project is co-funded by the European Union.