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Briefly in English

Welcome to our webpage! This page briefly outlines the project and its aims in English.

The Industrial Hemp Cluster of North Ostrobothnia aims to create a new ecosystem in the region. The cluster will involve companies throughout the whole supply chain of industrial hemp (both fibre and oil hemp), from farmers and agriculture to highly refined product manufacturers. Our aim is to create a platform and a working model to better utilize fibre hemp in industrial use, thus creating new jobs and business opportunities in the region. The increased farming and use of hemp supports the carbon emission goals of Finland and EU.

Project partners

The project partners are:

  • Tyrnävä municipality (lead partner). The municipality of Tyrnävä is responsible for the project and manages communications and all the work packages.
  • Oulu Startup Incubator (OSI). OSI especially supports the building of the ecosystem. The partner has wide existing networks that will be utilized during the project. Their knowhow is also invaluable in figuring out new business opportunities and supporting start-up companies and SMEs interested in the industry.
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk). The role of Oamk is focused on the RDI opportunities and challenges in the industry. Their wide existing network is useful in improving the whole supply chain.

Also involved directly or through their development corporations are the following municipalities: Kempele, Liminka, Muhos, Siikalatva, and Utajärvi.

The project started properly in August 2022 and will end in April 2023.

The project is funded by the European agricultural fund for rural development through the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY-keskus in Finnish).

Work packages

The project is divided into three work packages:

  1. Current situation and developmental requirements. During the initial phase of the project, we will gather information on parties and companies already using hemp and those that are interested in the material. This stage will involve contacting multiple companies, doing interviews, figuring out needs, opportunities, and challenges in the industry. The role of the public sector, such as the municipalities and higher education institutes, will also be investigated.
  2. Communications and the possibilities of industrial hemp. Our aim is to communicate actively about the possibilities of the industrial use of hemp. Our communications include utilising existing connections, face-to-face meetings, and online channels, such as this web site. We will also organize two seminars, one in December 2022 and one during the spring of 2023.
  3. Building the ecosystem. This work package supports the creation of the ecosystem. We will create new connections between companies and recognize new business opportunities in the region. To ensure the continuation of the project, a registered organisation or similar will be established.

Further information

For more information about the project, please contact project manager Mr. Kalle Parviainen.

Phone: +358 40 351 7219

Email: kalle.parviainen@tyrnava.fi