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LADEC - Boosting your business!

Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd develops the conditions for business growth and competitiveness in the Lahti region, in addition to marketing the region as an attractive business environment. We help entrepreneurs and businesses in our area of operation with everything involved in founding, growing, developing and locating a business, in addition to internationalisation. Our advisory services are free of charge. 

We operate in 7 municipalities: Asikkala, Hartola, Hollola, Iitti, Lahti, Orimattila and Padasjoki. 

Our main office is located at Lahti Science Park in Lahti.

We are part of the network of Finnish Enterprise Agencies, and our entrepreneurship consulting services comply with the network’s ISO 9001 certified consulting process. 

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Contact us – regardless of your business’s sector, size or needs! Call +358 44 702 2700 or chat with us!

Primary owner: City of Lahti (74.8%).
Other owners: cities, municipalities, companies, universities and institutions of higher education in Päijät-Häme.

Funding municipalities (7)
Cities of Lahti and Orimattila and municipalities of Asikkala, Hartola, Hollola, Iitti and Padasjoki.

LADEC has a subsidiary, the renewable energy research centre Energon Oy.

LADEC in figures 

  • With the help of our start-up advice, over 200 new companies are founded in the Lahti region every year.
  • We provide business development services to 700 corporate customers per year.
  • More than 80% of the start-ups we have advised still operate after five years.
  • Our customers give us the school grade 9+ (weekly feedback polls: average grade).

Together with our funding municipalities, Lahti, Asikkala, Hartola, Hollola, Iitti, Orimattila and Padasjoki, we are developing this urban region, with its diverse business scene, into the most environmentally friendly growth centre of sustainable development in Finland.

  • We develop business services with a customer-centric approach.
  • We try to reduce the bureaucracy encountered by businesses and improve the availability of the services they need.
  • We work together with our funding municipalities to carry out strategically significant development projects. 
  • We speed up the design and implementation processes of business and residential area projects by finding sources of funding and new solutions as well as by assisting the municipalities in carrying out baseline studies.
  • We support dialogue between companies and municipalities and promote the process of making investments and procurements more accessible to SMEs.
  • We market the Lahti region as a developing and attractive business environment under the Lahti Business Region brand, in cooperation with the municipalities. We promote the strengths of the region and the opportunities it provides as a business environment on the www.lahtibusinessregion.fi website.

The Board of Directors of Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd from 22 May, 2019

Juha Rostedt  |  1st Vice Chair of the Lahti City Board

Representatives of the funding municipalities / business
Kari Salmi  |  Management Consultant  |  Kari Salmi Consulting Tmi (Lahti)
Hanne Savolainen  |  Advisor |  Häme Employment and Economic Development Office (Lahti)
Jari Laaksonen  | Talousneuvos (Finnish Honorary Title) (Asikkala)
Juha Koskinen  | Customer Service Manager  |  FCG Finnish Consulting Group Ltd (Hartola & Padasjoki)
Vesa Koivumaa |  Managing Director  |  Elap Oy (Hollola)
Atte Savelainen  |  Managing Director |  Atplast Oy (Iitti)
Juha Aalto  |  M. Sc. (Econ.)  |  Entrepreneur (Orimattila)

Representatives of higher education institutions
Turo Kilpeläinen  |  President, CEO  |  LAB University of Applied Sciences
Hanna Snellman  | Vice Rector  |  University of Helsinki

Permanent expert
Hannu Rantanen  |  Professor  |  LUT University


Jukka Rantanen
+358 44 749 9288


I was born in Lahti and have also seen other places. But now I have my dream job in Lahti, leading a top team that promotes the vitality of my home region. I’ve previously worked in a number of areas in the international industry, including project business, supply chain management, sales and account management as well as business and general management. I’m familiar with board work, asset deals and company acquisitions as well as the related due diligence processes.