Entrepreneurs & Educators
Our one-of-a-kind location is "Michigan's Top of the World"!
We are located in the heart of the Keweenaw in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Once the nation's leading copper mining region, the area now contains a community focusing on world-class education and research, entrepreneurship and design. The descendants of the Finnish copper miners that settled in the area continue to play a major role in making the area an energetic and exciting place to live, study, and work.
Finnfest USA 2013 is planning to focus on building contacts between the Keweenaw and Finland in the areas of technology, business and education. To request more information please click here.
To view Michigan's Top of the World video, click here.
Energizing high tech business growth
The cities of Houghton and Hancock are also home to the MTEC SmartZone, a high tech business incubator. The Smart Zone is focused on commercializing ideas, patents, and other opportunities surrounding corporate, university or private research institute efforts. At its core, MTEC SmartZone provides vibrant work spaces and operating business support services that new and emerging businesses need to function and grow.
Michigan Technological University
Founded in 1885, Michigan Tech is a world-class education and research university comprised of six schools and colleges and 22 research centers and institutes. The University excels in many research areas familiar to Finns such as environmental technology, forestry, renewable energy, and other fields. Michigan Tech has a long history of cooperation in research and student exchanges with Finland.
Finlandia University and the Jutila Center
Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia University is a private, not-for-profit, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is the only remaining university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants. The institution is made up of two schools and two colleges: the International School of Art & Design, the International School of Business, the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Health Sciences. The University has a long tradition of cooperation with Finland through educational, cultural, and governmental ties.
Opened in 2005, the Lily I. Jutila Center for Global Design and Business houses Finlandia’s International School of Art & Design (ISAD) and a small business incubator. ISAD students enjoy spacious, modern studios and classrooms. The small-business incubator offers more than 30 leasable spaces and other resources for business, including design and business consulting, rapid prototyping, and training seminars. The Jutila Center also houses MTEC SmartZone businesses on the fourth floor of the facility.