MikroX fosters the internationalisation and the growth of micro enterprises of the South Savo region

The aim of the project is to implement the strategy of smart specialization by fostering the internationalisation and the growth of micro enterprises by utilising the international networks, various forms of cooperation and multidisciplinary know-how. With these objectives and actions related to them, the aim is to promote the vitality of the South Savo region.

Objectives of the project are:

  • to strengthen the know-how of the micro enterprises of the province by bringing them to an internationally competitive level by joining enterprises the operation of innovation ecosystems
  • to increase the visibility of the know-how of the smart specialization of the province with international forums
  • to bring international research know-how through the cooperation networks for the developing of the sources of vitality of the province and strengthens regional cooperation.

Results of the project are:

  • The innovation ecosystems of the province will strengthen when the micro enterprises will come along more strongly in to them.
  • The cooperation between the micro enterprises of South Savo and the R&D actors is strengthened by adopting the MicroENTRE Growth Network™ operating model.
  • The principle of quick experiments is brought into use in the developing of micro enterprises.
  • The growth and export potential of the micro enterprises of the area of operation is brought into use and the special challenges of the growth and export entrepreneurship of the sparsely inhabited areas of the norths are solved.
  • The R&D actors commit themselves for the building of the new growth environment of micro enterprises.
    The know-how related to the digitalisation of a micro and SME’s of the area is increased.
  • The cooperation and the know-how network of East and North Finland is strengthened.



More information

Noora Talsi
research director
Tel. +358 40 648 5020

Helena Merikoski
research manager
Tel. +358 40 648 6617

Timo Partala
research manager
Tel. +358 40 596 3533


Agri-Food sector of South Savo region

The international RDI collaboration is important for the development of the agri-food sector of South Savo region. One international collaboration network is the S3P Traceability and Big Data platform, which aims to boost innovation and digitization in the European agri-food value chain by means of regional cooperation. Read more about the agri-food sector of South Savo region: SouthSavo_AgriFood_Facts.


Smart and specialized South Savo - Mikro Growth (MikroX)

1 January 2019 – 31 August 2021

Project partners

Lead partner: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, XAMK

Partners: University of Oulu


Total budget: € 1 213 552

XAMK part of the total budget: € 1 064 628

Financiers and main source of funding: The Regional Council of South Savo, European Regional Development Fund