Who we are

European Regional Development Fund

The City of Ylivieska

Ylivieska is a growing regional centre in Northern Ostrobothnia in Finland. The City of Ylivieska and its Business Services help local companies to succeed and new companies to start up their businesses. Our aim is to support business growth and development and to help companies in creating new jobs. Ylivieska Business Services collaborate with the local business community.

Ylivieska is a centre of a market area of 100,000 people with good services and conditions for enjoyable living, self-development and versatile business activities. Its location by the national main railway and the intersection of Finnish national road 27 and trunk road 86 guarantees fast connections everywhere. Oulunsalo and Kruunupyy airports are nearby as well as Kalajoki and Kokkola ports to the Baltic sea.

City is known as a trade centre and as an attractive car sales centre.  Strong industrial branches include metal industry, electronic mechanics and mechanical timber industry.

The region as a whole is also famous for its unique concentration of manufacturing industries in the whole of Finland.

Centria University of Applied Sciences

Centria’s research and development collaborates with companies and organizations to increase their competitiveness. Centria aims at helping companies in developing new products, business ventures and international activities and as well as in the process of entrepreneurship by using their multidisciplinary expertise.

Centria’s R&D has been identified as one of the institution’s strengths and its success has been recognized on a national scale. Centria’s strength is the unusually close links to local working life. Local business and working life have been funding about one quarter of the research and development activities.

Centria’s research and development department currently employs a staff of around 110. There are about 90 R&D projects ongoing each year. Major public financiers for R&D projects are Business Finland (the Finnish Funding for Innovation), the EU (ERDF, ESF, INTERREG and the European Commission), regional councils as well as ELY centres (Finnish Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment).

Centria UAS was involved in 5 Business Finland projects, representing a financial input of 2,6 M€ and in 2019, the total volume of Centria’s R&D was 8 M€, of which outside funding accounted for 6,6 M€.

Sievi Industrial Park

Sievi Industrial Park is an organization wholly owned by the municipality of Sievi. It produces business services such as facilities, properties and counselling for businesses located in Sievi. It collaborates actively with its partners and local companies in development projects and supports businesses in their growth and development activities.

Start Your Business in Battery Park

Battery Recycling Innovation Park project aims at the emergence of new battery industry and recycling businesses in Ylivieska, alongside the existing, traditional industries. Battery Recycling Innovation Park offers companies office and production spaces, an extensive partner network and low-treshold R&D services. Contact us to find out more!