50 reasons why Espoo is a good place to set up a business

The city features about 9,500 businesses*. There are many reasons why Espoo is a good place to set up a business. To commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary, we decided to collect 50 reasons why Espoo is a great place for business. Take part and tell us your reason. 

Espoo is a responsible and humane city that is a good place to live, learn, work and do business in and where residents can have their say in matters. Espoo became a city on 1 January 1972, which will be 50 years ago in 2022. We welcome you to take part in the citywide celebrations!

Espoo is an excellent place for business. The city features about 9,500 businesses*. There are many reasons why Espoo is a good place to set up a business.

To commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary, we decided to collect 50 reasons why Espoo is a great place for business. 

We will publish the reasons for the success of Espoo-based businesses on this page, Espoo’s LinkedIn channel and the social media channels of Business Espoo operators throughout the anniversary year. Follow the hashtags #50syytä, #EspooJuhlii and #72Espoo22.

50 reasons why Espoo is a good place to set up a business

(the order is random)

#1: Excellent traffic links
#2: Love for the local area and heritage
#3: Positive atmosphere
#4: Substantial purchasing power
#5: Positive attitude towards entrepreneurship
#6: Wide range of businesses
#7: Children and adolescents are introduced to entrepreneurship in school

#8: Excellent networking opportunities
#9: Versatile business premises
#10: Proper and easily accessible services
#11: No need to justify or defend entrepreneurship
#12: People know each other – a sense of community
#13: Understanding the need for a thriving business environment
#14: The right amount of competition
#15: There is demand and appreciation for small entrepreneurs' brick and mortar stores
#16: Important partners are close by
#17: Nature is close by
#18: Finland's second largest city
#19: A market of 1.5 million inhabitants in the surrounding areas
#20: The city is growing
#21: There are many small entrepreneurs, and they are appreciated
#22: The city is youthful
#23: Entrepreneurship-friendly attitude of the city officials
#24: Relatively affordable business premises
#25: The city is large on the Finnish scale
#26: Public investments provide liveliness
#27: The city is dynamic
#28: Municipal and provincial investments provide liveliness
#29: Short distances to customers around the metropolitan area
#30: Business Espoo’s support in the first steps of a new company
#31: Diverse city
#32: Time for entrepreneurship
#33: Strong support for entrepreneurship
#34: Strong academic entrepreneurial expertise
#35: Opportunities for implementing new ideas
#36: Cultural diversity
#37: Talent and resources
#38: Excellent cooperation opportunities
#39: Highly favourable environment for start-ups
#40: Business services easily available in one place
#41: Entrepreneurs have their own advocacy organisation
#42: International companies and experts
#43: Personal and expert help in starting a business
#44: Investment in international and modern urban development
#45: Notice boards in public spaces are effective tools in the interaction between consumers and small entrepreneurs
#46: Diverse opportunities for competence development

The ‘50 reasons why Espoo is a good place to set up a business’ campaign is not based on research results. Instead, the reasons are collected from businesses, entrepreneurs, interest groups and the Business Espoo staff. The aim of the campaign is to increase positive attitudes towards entrepreneurship and awareness of the Business Espoo network and the business services it provides.

Among all those who did respond and provide their contact details by 31 March 2022, we held the draw for a €100 gift card to Restaurant Kylä(extrernal link), five €20 gift cards to Café Pupusaari(extrernal link) and five €20 gift cards to the Lumene factory outlet. Winners will be notified personally. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Learn about the anniversary year events and take part in the creating the programme(extrernal link).

#50syytä #EspooJuhlii #72Espoo22

*Source: Vainu database