About us

Business Finland offers Finnish companies a unified customer journey for innovation activities, internationalization, investments and tourism promotion.
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A path to global markets

Business Finland offers Finnish companies a unified customer journey for innovation activities, internationalization, investments, and tourism promotion.

Business Finland is the Finnish government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion. Business Finland's 600 experts work in 40 offices globally and in 16 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network.

Business Finland is an accelerator of global growth. We create new growth by helping businesses go global and by supporting and funding innovations. Our top experts and the latest research data enable companies to seize market opportunities and turn them into success stories.

Business Finland was created on 1st January 2018 by the merger of two organizations: Finpro, which offered services for internationalization, investments and tourism promotion, and Tekes, which offered funding for innovation activities. We aim to develop Finland to be the most attractive and competitive innovation environment in which companies are able to grow, change, and succeed.

Our strategy is two-fold: we enable companies to grow internationally and also create world-class business ecosystems and a competitive business environment for Finland.

Personnel in Finland and globally

Business Finland's Director General is Nina Kopola.

The Management Team

  • Nina Kopola, Director General, DG's Office
  • Ari Grönroos, Funding Services and Finance
  • Reijo Kangas, Growth Companies
  • Kalle Kivekäs, BF LAB
  • Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, Ecosystems
  • Risto Vuohelainen, Global Network
  • Laura Ylä-Sulkava, Talent and Administration
+ larger Business Finland Leadership Team
  • Antti Aumo, Invest In
  • Marjo Ilmari, Startup Development
  • Hannu Kemppainen, Strategic Performance Management
  • Tomi Korhonen, Communications
  • Pekka Sivonen, Digital Transformation of Finnish Industries
  • Paavo Virkkunen, Tourism/Visit Finland

Business Finland Board of Directors

The members of the Business Finland Board of Directors are

  • Chairman – Pertti Korhonen, Professional Board Member
  • Vice-Chairman – Petri Peltonen, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
  • Timo Ahopelto, Venture Capitalist, Lifeline Ventures
  • Elina Björklund, CEO, Reima Oy
  • Miia Porkkala, Chairman of the Board, Aho Group Oy
  • Nina Vaskunlahti, Under Secretary of State, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Leena Vestala, Director General, ELY Center

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Business Finland's Code of Conduct applies to every member of Business Finland's personnel, irrespective of the type and duration of their employment or assignment. Business Finland's contractual partners are also obliged to adhere to these principles in their operations related to the contractual relationship.