MDI evaluates start-up support instruments in an international consortium

MDI has participated in an international consortium as Finland’s representative. The consortium aims to identify support instruments and services for would-be- and start-up-entrepreneurs in EU member states. On the basis of a comprehensive survey, the consortium has chosen two support instruments from Finland, for which a more accurate case descriptions are made. These selected support instruments are Tampere Entrepreneurship Agency “Ensimetri” and student-run Entrepreneurial Society “Boost Turku”. The case-study aims to pay particular attention to the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and scalability of the support services and their instruments. The results of the work will be delivered to the EASME (Executive Agency for SMEs) and the European Commission, and will be used to apply best practices and policy formulation.

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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