AI-TIE – AI Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs

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AI-TIE in a nutshell

AI success stories of Finnish SMEs and tools for AI deployment 

AI stories and tools presented in portal were created as part of AI-TIE project. The mission of AI Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs, more briefly the AI-TIE project, was to support SMEs in business development and growth by promoting the use artificial intelligence solutions through AI accelerators, training and an AI ecosystem. The objective was to facilitate the development and piloting of AI solutions that optimize internal processes as well as lead to innovation of new products and services. The project aimed to move the AI discussion from the general level towards industry-specific training, mentoring and AI accelerator activities.

Duration: June 2021 – August 2023

The project owner was Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the co-owner Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

Partners: Business Helsinki, Central Uusimaa Business Development Center – KEUKE, Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, European Regional Development Fund, Finland’s Artificial Intelligence Accelerator FAIA, Health Capital Helsinki, Healthtech Finland, Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce, Itä-Uusimaa Development Service Posintra Oy,  Kotka-Hamina regional development company Cursor, Länsi-Uusimaa Chamber of Commerce, MyData Global, Regional Council of Kymenlaakso, Regional Council of Uusimaa, Sailab MedTech Finland, Siili Solutions, Silo.AI, Technology Industries of Finland, Uudenmaan yrittäjät.

AI-TIE goals

  • Supporting companies in improving their internal processes utilizing AI solutions.
  • Helping companies develop new intangible digital products and innovative services through AI solutions.
  • Offering training, materials and online content to help companies develop their AI capabilities through staff training.
  • Developing the skills of business advisors and experts working with SMEs so that they can more effectively provide information about the possibilities of AI when consulting SMEs.
  • Advancing an artificial intelligence innovation ecosystem to offer a new operating model, where SMEs, large companies and other key players can interact successfully.
AI-TIE hanke

AI-TIE in numbers


Partners, incl. chambers of commerce, development organisations, industry associations, major Finnish AI companies


AI Accelerators for SMEs, Health & MedTech, Cleantech and cross-sector


SMEs that participated in AI Accelerators, out of which 8 SMEs launched cooperation with RDI institutes


New piloted products or services, 3 new job positions opened & recruited in SMEs


Published AI Stories of Finnish SMEs


AI Webinars


Representatives of SMEs and businesses in AI-TIE


Companies that participated in AI-TIE, including accelerators, virtual course, webinars


SMEs received Covid-19 recovery support


Business advisors in Train-The-Trainer

Virtual course ”AI in Business”
Guide ”Empowering SMEs with Artificial Intelligence”
High-profile interview series “AI in Finland”

Source / Lähde: Lahtinen, A. & Humala I. 2023. Lukijalle. Teoksessa Lahtinen, A. & Humala, I. (toim.). Tehoa tekoälystä pk-yrityksiin! s. 10. Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu. Helsinki.


Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences was AI-TIE project owner. Laurea University of Applied Sciences was co-owner. AI-TIE was supported by a vast network of partner organizations.


AI stories

Finnish SMEs have hundreds of successful AI stories to get excited about and learn from.

From Relatable Stories Towards AI Ecosystems – The European Business Review

Artificial Intelligence and medtech ecosystem in Finland – opportunities for SMEs – MedTech Insights


AI at Work webinar series was designed to provide up-to-date information about artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem

The guide 'Enhancing Competitiveness for SMEs with an Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem.

23.6.2023 Empowering SMEs with Artificial Intelligence. Guide to harnessing the potential of AI for small and medium-sized enterprises. – Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

20.3.2023 From Relatable Stories Towards AI Ecosystems – The European Business Review

10.11.2022 AI and medtech ecosystem in Finland – opportunities for SMEs – MedTech Insights

22.5.2022 Innovation Ecosystems as a Source of Renewal for Innovative Enterprises – “Innovation”, Routledge Series on Ideas in Business and Management

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

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

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

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

For more publications in Finnish click here

AI stories of companies participating in the AI-TIE accelerators in blogs, video podcasts and company videos:

Interviews: AI in Finland


Dr. Anna Lahtinen
AI-TIE Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 505 7784

Martti Asikainen
Communications Specialist
Tel. +358 50 576 5641

Web portal was created as a part AI-TIE – AI Technology Innovation Ecosystems for Competitiveness of SMEs (2021-2023) and AI-TIE South Finland (2022-2023) projects, which were supported by the European Regional Development Fund (REACT-EU) and Regional Councils of Helsinki-Uusimaa and Kymenlaakso.