Building a model of cross-border collaboration between universities and businesses, supporting student entrepreneurship, startups and SME cooperation.

TWIN CAMPUS project focuses on expanding the competitiveness of cooperating regions, by creating suitable conditions for the development of technology and knowledge-based companies, in cooperation with local universities and businesses. Project activities will form ways to encourage their modernization and internationalization as well as commercialization of university based technologies.


TWIN CAMPUS goals are to:

  • discover and find strategic valuable sustainable green campus solutions
  • inspire university business cooperation’ s
  • create the TWIN Campuses driven SME support structure to boost the innovative business development ecosystem
  • set up the conditions for creating and relocating new technology-based companies
  • create a new efficient model of interaction between partner regions based on the TWIN CAMPUS concept
  • create a deeper and productive cross-regional cooperation for the innovation ecosystem to boost economic growth
  • nourish internationalization and modernization of university based tech companies


Main activities include benchmarking of the best practice in the international Green Campus and Sustainable Solutions networks for relevant strategies and road-maps, as well as organizing experiential laboratory events for companies. The project will be delivered in close cooperation with all project partners to find a close work balance. Another focus point will be to coop with similar project´s in all project partner´s organizations, to find suitable common solutions.

The results are turned into university based pilot services for the companies and to create strategy for the talent attraction to connect companies needs and individuals in the cooperating regions.


For more information:


Nicole Javanainen
Project Manager
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Puh. +358 44 702 8564


Jade Hirvonen
RDI Specialist
South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Puh. +358401676918


  • To set up the conditions for creating and relocating new technology-based companies.
  • To improve the university-business cooperation, stimulating the modernization and internationalization of the existing companies and creating the conditions for commercialization of university-based technologies.
  • To create the TWIN Campuses driven SME support structure to boost the innovative business.


  • TWIN Campus model is recognised as an important element of cross-border innovation ecosystem.
  • Comprehensive benchmarking events, networking, study visits are done for best practice exchange and international sustainable partnership.
  • The strategic documents for aligned development of green and sustainable campuses are prepared.
  • New tools for effective cooperation of university scientists, researchers and students with industrial partners are developed and piloted.
  • Talent and companies attraction events are planned and organized.
  • Companies and individuals have relocated to cooperating regions, utilizing campus services and facilities.


  • Benchmarking of the relevant international experiences on Green Campus and Sustainable Solutions and networks.
  • Developing the strategic papers and road-maps for university-industry cooperation.
  • Organizing the networking events involving key stakeholders, including local authorities and industrial partners and SMEs.
  • Organizing experiential laboratory events for companies.
  • Organizing joint sessions with companies to identify the needs in internationalization and modernization.
  • Forming the university-based services to meet the companies needs.
  • Piloting the services for companies.
  • Forming the strategy for attracting the talents of both companies and individuals to cooperating regions
  • Designing and realizing the events, focusing on attracting the talents to cooperating regions
  • Implementing the activities, focusing on enlarging the network of campuses.


Green & Sustainable Campus Competition 11.3.-30.4.2020

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Winner will receive a prize and various other prizes will be awarded to contestants with impactful and feasible solutions.

Competition is fully online. The application period is open 11th of March till 30th of April 2020.



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Hallinnoija: ITMO Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

Osatoteuttajat: JSC Saint-Petersburg Technopark; St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development; South-Eastern University of Applied Sciences, Xamk; Cursor Oy, Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company

Painoalat: Digitalisation
Ammattikorkeakoulun tutkimuskeskus: Luovat alat


Kokonaisbudjetti: 1 008 632 €

Xamkin osuus kokonaisbudjetista: 223 998 €

Rahoittaja ja päärahoituslähde: South-East Finland - Russia CBC Programme 2014-2020

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