MDI scrutinizes the impact of business incubation services in Helsinki Region North

Development Centre Ltd. Helsinki Region North (Keuke) has provided business incubation services to start up firms for almost a decade in the northern part of Helsinki metropolitan area. Services have activated hundreds of companies. Now Keuke wants MDI to scrutinize the impact and best practices of business incubation services during last three years by questionnaire and interviews. In December, an evaluation workshop will focus on future services, as incubation may also be provided to companies, which have been active for more than three years, and those who want to grow and internationalise. Report will be finalised by January 2014. 

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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