Number of new businesses founded via LADEC during the first half of this year was 24% higher than the previous year – on a national level, the increase was 3%


Between January and June 2018, a total of 141 new businesses were founded via Lahti Region Development LADEC’s advice services. This is 24 per cent more than during the same period last year. 

In the opinion of Päivi Leppänen, who is in charge of LADEC’s start-up and development services, the first half of the year was very good. 

‘Our start-up advice services served over 300 new customers during the first half of the year. The start of this autumn has also been busy, and we have initiated many new discussions with potential entrepreneurs.  Our new service point is located in the centre of Lahti, in the premises of Dooroom on Rautatienkatu. People can come in without an appointment and talk with us about starting or developing a business,’ Päivi Leppänen says, pointing out that LADEC’s advice services for new and established entrepreneurs are free of charge.

LADEC’s start-up advice services are part of the nationwide network of Finnish Enterprise Agencies, which comprises 29 regional enterprise agencies and a total of 83 service points. During the first half of 2018, a total of 4,065 new businesses were founded through the 29 enterprise agencies in Finland, which is three per cent more than during the same period last year. With regard to the increase in the number of new businesses founded, the top ranks were taken by Lahti, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Vantaa. 

Confidential start-up advice free of charge – now also available without an appointment in Dooroom

LADEC offers confidential start-up advice free of charge in the Lahti region, from the business idea phase all the way to registering the business. Our start-up consultants are easy to reach: You can make an appointment by calling the service line, +358 44 702 2700, or using the chat option on the website. Start-up advice is now also available without an appointment every weekday between 8:30am and 4:00pm at Dooroom, located at Rautatienkatu 20, right across Sokos in the centre of Lahti. 

Read more about LADEC’s start-up advice

Further information

Päivi Leppänen
Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd
+358 50 568 7446 | paivi.leppanen(at)