Business Finland promotes sustainable economic growth, the competitiveness of companies, and sustainability.
Business Finland creates prosperity and well-being for Finland by accelerating the sustainable growth of companies globally. We are developing Finland into the most attractive and competitive innovation environment in the world, as well as the most attractive investment and tourism destination.
We want our customers to be globally thriving companies, developers of new sustainable solutions and operations, and bold reformers of business.
We promote collaboration between companies and research groups, so that new endeavors can develop into international business ecosystems.
We provide funding, internationalization services, information, guidance, and networks for different stages of business. We operate as part of the Team Finland network, and direct our customers towards the services of the most suitable Team Finland partner, as necessary.
Business Finland's funding and internationalization services are primarily intended for companies that seek bold business growth and renewal and are registered in Finland. Our customers also include research organizations and other public actors that cooperate with companies.
Some of our services, such as the energy aid, are also suitable for companies operating in the Finnish market. Most often, however, companies operating only in the Finnish market or still in the very early stages of internationalization benefit more from the services of the ELY Centres, for example, than those of Business Finland.
Our digital information services are available for free use on our website.
Business Finland's service portfolio is open to all companies, but innovation funding and the expert services for international growth, in particular, have criteria that limit the allocation of services. These services are primarily intended for customers who have sufficient resources of their own and a competitive advantage for international business, versatile expertise, and a desire to develop their business globally.
We can best help you when you share your plans with us in advance. Therefore, we recommend that new customers start from the customer survey available on our Become a customer page. This will streamline access to services and ensure that time is not wasted on applying for a financial service that is unsuitable for the company, for example.
We want to ensure that our customers receive the most suitable services for their business needs at every stage. We do not offer our entire service portfolio from the beginning; instead, we expand our services as the company achieves its own business goals in international growth.
At the beginning of the customer relationship, we determine, together with the company, the international growth challenges that the company must address, its opportunities to grow its business in international markets, and the reasons why the company needs Business Finland’s help.
With this information, we can guide the company further in the manner most suitable for it.
We continuously develop our operations, services, and digital channels together with our customers. Our operations are also regularly evaluated.
Business Finland has a wide range of funding products and internationalization services that have the greatest impact when the company utilizes them at an appropriate stage of business or development work.
As a public organization, our task is to allocate our limited resources – both the working time of our experts and the funding authorization granted to Business Finland – as well and as efficiently as possible. In order to ensure the impact, Business Finland has a customer relationship strategy that guides our way of working and our customer relationship models.
Business Finland's service portfolio is open to all companies, but our funding and professional services, in particular, have criteria that restrict access to some services. Some of the criteria are based on the legislation governing state aid.
For this reason, we recommend that as the first step towards becoming a Business Finland's customer, the company takes the survey available on the Become a customer page. Sometimes we conclude that the company's best partner would, in fact, be an ELY Center, Finnvera, or a private company, for example.
Business Finland assesses the development of its customers’ business as well as their future goals, opportunities for international growth, innovativeness, sustainability, and suitability for Business Finland’s services. In addition, it is important for Business Finland to know how closely the company is prepared to engage in diverse cooperation with Business Finland and what is the impact of the services on the company’s business. The assessment is based on information requested from customers, business data, and expert assessment.
Based on the customer analysis, our experts are able to recommend suitable services and help the company in achieving its goals. Based on the analysis, we also select the most suitable customer relationship model for the customer.
The customer relationship model determines whether we appoint a Business Finland contact person for the company, for example. If the company has the ambition and ability to conduct business internationally, the willingness to spend a great deal of resources on growth and on creating a competitive edge in the long term, and a considerable need for Business Finland's services, an appointed contact person can help to prepare a long-term plan for promoting international growth.