SEK is a federation of municipalities in the Suupohja region (Isojoki, Karijoki, Kauhajoki, Teuva) focusing on business and regional development. SEK is developing the competitiveness of Suupohja region by supporting and sparring startups and SMEs, carrying out regional development projects,and taking care of regional lobbying. SEK is also coordinating regional cooperation between municipalities and other public sector organisations. In the summer 2016, the municipalities in the region launched a regional strategy outlining the joint vision and commitment to cooperation and development. MDI provided SEK with support and sparring to design the concept used to lead regional cooperation. In addition, MDI helped SEK to launch hands-on cooperation in relation to specific themes. This project was partly funded by Tekes and was concluded at the end of 2018.