Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu – Satakunta University of Applied Sciences – is a horisontal, internationally oriented university with 6,000 students and 370 experts in 25 Finnish and 11 English programmes. SAMK is the leading institution of higher education in the Satakunta region, operating on the south-west coast of Finland. Each of the four faculties have a wide contact surface for the employment sector both nationally and internationally. Following the Finnish Law of Universities, SAMK is a limited liability company owned by the regional municipalities and local business institutions and organisations. Through the public non-profit status and responsibility for regional development set by the Ministry of Education and Culture, SAMK is conducting public interest collaboration between higher education institutions and Research and Development and Innovation (RDI) in the business sector. The RDI activities are joined in SAMK with innovation approach and support for entrepreneurship.

The SAMK Enterprise Accelerator has created 320 enterprises and yet more new entrepreneurs since 1997. The Ministry of Education and Culture has designated SAMK three times as a Centre of Excellence, one of which was awarded to the Enterprise Accelerator. SAMK has constantly developed the cooperation between students and regional enterprises with tailored projects, theses and marketing activities. Furthermore, SAMK has a strategic support method for family firms’ succession. The DNV Business Assurance Management System Certificate has awarded SAMK an ISO 9001:2015 certificate. The certificate is significant due to its scope, as it covers all SAMK’s operations.

The INBETS project has increased SAMK’s knowledge of entrepreneurship and ownership changed around the Baltic Sea. We have also disseminated examples of Finnish changes of ownership to other partners. All examples of entrepreneurship and ownership changes can be used as examples in entrepreneurship courses.

Contact information
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences
Address: Satakunnankatu 23, 28130 Pori, Finland
Phone number: +358 2 620 3000

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