Business partners’ services for enterprises

Board Partners of South Karelia

The Board Partners’ mission is to advance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by enhancing the work done by boards of directors. Skilled and efficient board work is an important resource for any company, and can be used to bring in new competence and experiences. Board Partners can help find a board member or offer a company the support of an experienced board professional from among its members. Board Partners of South Karelia is a member of the nationwide network of board professionals.

For further information about the operation, please contact: 
Laura Lares, Chair of the Board, Lappeenranta, laura.lares(at), tel. +358 40 558 9409
Mari Kurkan, agent, mari.kurkan(at), tel. +358 44 213 5813                           

South Karelia Chamber of the Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is an organization that serves the interests of enterprises, collecting messages related to the corporate operating environment and competitiveness and sending them to decision-makers. The organization promotes national and regional goals and networks together various operators, such as business enterprises and educational institutions. Chambers of Commerce also carry out expert work on their own committees in support of decision-making.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Mika Peltonen, Managing Director, mika.peltonen(at), tel. +358 40 513 4490

Entrepreneurs of South Karelia

Member associations of the Federation of Finnish Enterprises provide enterprises with networking opportunities. Entrepreneurs of South Karelia collaborates with other partners and brings the entrepreneurs’ perspective to the decision-making process of the Government, municipalities and other essential stakeholders.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Jami Holtari, Managing Director, jami.holtari(at), tel. +358 400 551 435

Luvera (Northwest Russia Fund)

Luvera is an investment fund managed by the Imatra Regional Development Company, aimed at Finnish SMEs with business interests in Russia. Luvera makes minority investments in growth-oriented SMEs in Southeast Finland which are starting or developing operations directed at Russia.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Jarkko Koho, Managing Director, Imatra Region Development Company, jarkko.koho(at), tel. +358 44 767 1101


Lureco is an investment company associated with the University of Lappeenranta that operates as part of the University’s innovation system. Lureco’s focus is on spin-off companies established for the commercialization of research results. The company has funds that it invests, but it also acquires external funding for promising businesses.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Pertti Miettunen, Managing Director, pertti.miettunen(at), tel. +358 40 557 3232


Lappeenranta University of Technology Entrepreneurship Society (LUTES) is an entrepreneurship society at the University. LUTES aims to encourage entrepreneurs and entrepreneurially minded students to network in support of their business operation and to further process their business ideas. In order to promote its goals, the society arranges sauna and theme evenings as well as different events and short courses, for example.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Caro Pohjola, Chairman, caro.pohjola(at), tel. +358 45 131 3543

ProAgria South Finland

ProAgria is a national service organization that supports agricultural entrepreneurs and rural economic activity. Its experts’ special competence comprises different sectors related to the countryside: agriculture, tourism, production of foodstuffs, the horse sector, contracting, service companies, and entrepreneurship related to bioenergy. It also provides competence for special situations, such as planning new business operations, establishing an enterprise, planning of investments or launching operation. South Karelia Experts are part of ProAgria South Finland.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Carita Liikanen, carita.liikanen(at), tel. +358 43 825 1711

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences

Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Saimia, provides international training in five fields of education: engineering, the social and health sector, business, tourism and hospitality, and fine arts. A fully English-language degree can be completed in four degree programs. In addition to daytime teaching, we offer many kinds of training for people in working life. The University of Applied Sciences has campuses at Skinnarila in Lappeenranta and in Imatra. Businesses can collaborate with the University of Applied Sciences in terms of, for instance, practical training or assignments on research projects.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Piia Ruukki, yrityspalvelut(at), tel. +358 40 756 7576

Saimaa Vocational College Sampo

Saimaa Vocational College Sampo provides vocational training for adults and young people as well as training and development services for businesses and other organizations. Its offices are located in Lappeenranta, Imatra and Ruokolahti.

For further information about the operation, please contact:
Nina Laakkonen, nina.laakkonen(at), tel. +358 40 079 7878

Business Mentors Finland

Business Mentors is a national mentoring network for SMEs. The network includes more than 1,000 mentors. Mentoring is free, impartial and confidential. An entrepreneur can lean on a mentor in questions related, for instance, to growth and profitability, expansion and different strategic choices. A mentor is not a consultant, but a coach for a business.

For further information about the operation, please contact:     
Olli Naukkarinen, Regional Mentor, South Karelia, olli.naukkarinen(at), tel. +358 40 552 6710