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AI-TIE project: Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs

The AI-TIE project provides support for business development and growth utilizing artificial intelligence innovations and artificial intelligence solutions. The main goal of the AI-TIE project is to support SMEs in developing and growing their business. 

During the project, companies will be able to utilize artificial intelligence to innovate their product and service development and deliver the outcome to their customers.

The artificial intelligence topic will be approached from the very basics terms towards industry-specific training, mentoring and accelerator activities. The project focuses on the clean industry and the welfare, social and health sectors.

Duration: 2021-2023

Partners: Haaga-Helia (main organizer), Laurea University of Applied Sciences (partner organizer), Finland’s AI accelerator FAIA ry, MyData Global ry, Helsingin seudun kauppakamari, Länsi-Uudenmaan kauppakamari, Itä-Uudenmaan kehitysyhtiö Posintra, Uudenmaan yrittäjät ry, NewCo Helsinki, Keski-Uudenmaan Kehittämiskeskus – KEUKE, Health Capital Helsinki, Terveysteknologia ry, Kemianteollisuus ry and Sailab MedTech Finland ry.

Sponsor: EAKR (REACT-EU) and Uudenmaan liitto


  • A new operating model will be built through an artificial intelligence innovation ecosystem, in which SMEs, large companies and other key players will work together dynamically to offer their products and services with the aim of business development.
  • Providing training, materials, and online content to increase the artificial intelligence skills of corporate personnel
  • The project’s artificial intelligence accelerators will create new intangible digital products and services based on the gathered data
  • Developing the skills of business advisers and SME interface experts to communicate the potential of AI when consulting with SMEs
  • An artificial intelligence at work webinar series is offered (right now only in Finnish)



Communication and network partners


Artificial Intelligence Accelerator


Companies participating in AI accelerator


AI use cases generated by companies


Finnish companies' AI stories


Artificial Intelligence at Work Webinars


Participants in webinars


SME´s participating in RDI institutions´ projects


SME´s launching new RDI cooperation


SME´s receiving COVID-19 support


Anna Lahtinen
Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 505 7784

Altti Lagstedt
Tel. +358 40 488 7272

Janne Kauttonen
Tel. +358 40 488 7449

Elizabeth SanMiguel
Tel. +358 40 488 7135
elizabeth.sanmiguel @haaga-helia.fi

Iris Humala
Tel. +358 50 530 6428

Marjo Ruuti
Tel. +358 40 152 7964 

Teija Fontell
Tel. +358 40 832 2551

Oskari Lappalainen
Tel. +358 50 576 5764

Martti Asikainen
Tel. +358 50 576 5641

Eetu Tuominen
Tel. +358 50 478 5342

Annika Koskenkorva
Tel. +358 50 400 8099

Petteri Saloranta
Tel. +358 50 346 7054


The project is implemented by Haaga-Helia UAS and Laurea UAS. The former will contribute with its expertise in entrepreneurship, business development and digitalization, and the latter in co-development and innovation ecosystems. The main project partners are Finland’s Artificial Intelligence Accelerator (FAIA) and MyData Global.

Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences was the primary implementor and coordinated of the project.

Laurea University of Applied Sciences was the secondary implementor of the project.

FAIA ry was one of the project's main collaborators and acted as an expert on the structure and content of the accelerators.

MyData is an international non-profit organization that works for the ethical use of data.


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Haaga-Helia UAS: Tiellä kohti tekoälyratkaisuja

(in Finnish)

14.1.2022 Suomalaisten puhtaan teollisuuden pk-yritysten tekoälyvalmiudet paranivat kiihdyttämötoiminnan myötä — STT

20.10.2021 Artificial Intelligence Empowers the Competitiveness of Cleantech and Healthtech SMEs — Helsinki Smart Region

29.9.2021 Uusi hanke tukee pk-yrityksiä hyödyntämään tekoälyn mahdollisuuksia — Laurea

1.9.2021 Finland får fart på bruken av AI i mindre bedrifter — IT avisen

31.8.2021 Finnish project to boost adoption of AI at SMEs — Good News from Finland

20.8.2021 Finnish mission objectives to lift adoption of AI-based alternatives — Paper Boat

20.8.2021 Finnish project aims to boost adoption of AI-based solutions — MCU Times

20.8.2021 Finnish project aims to boost adoption of AI-based solutions — Health Care IT News

18.8.2021 Artificial Intelligence driving competitiveness in SMEs The new RDI project develops collaboration to support the Finnish AI Innovation System — Health Capital Helsinki

12.8.2021 Tekoälystä kilpailukykyä pk-yrityksille — SIL ry

11.8.2021 Tekoälystä kilpailukykyä pk-yrityksille – uusi AI-TIE -hanke kehittää yhteistyötä suomalaisen tekoälyekosysteemin tueksi — Haaga-Helia

11.8.2022 Uusi tekoälyhanke pk-yrityksille — Uusiteknologia.fi

11.8.2021 Tekoälystä kilpailukykyä pk-yrityksille – uusi AI-TIE -hanke kehittää yhteistyötä suomalaisen tekoälyekosysteemin tueksi — STT

11.8.2021 AI-TIE – AI Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs. The New RDI Project Develops Collaboration to Support the Finnish AI Innovation System — Haaga-Helia

11.8.2021 AI-TIE – AI Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs — Haaga-Helia

6/2021 AI-TIE -Tekoälyinnovaatioekosysteemillä kilpailukykyä PK-yrityksille — Haaga-Helia

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