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Take part in international trade fair abroad

Exhibition Explorer funding is suitable for SMEs and midcap enterprises participating in international B2B trade fairs abroad.

Exhibition Explorer funding

The Exhibition Explorer funding is aid for participation in international B2B trade fairs held outside Finland. The funding is aimed at SMEs and midcap enterprises that pursue growth and internationalization. A company can have a presence at the trade fair at a joint stand or its own, separate stand.

  • SME: less than 250 employees, maximum net sales of EUR 50 million or a balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43 million.
  • Midcap enterprise: group-level maximum net sales of EUR 300 million.

The prerequisite for funding is for at least four Finnish SMEs or midcap enterprises to apply for Explorer Exhibition funding for the same trade fair. At least half of the aforementioned group of enterprises must be SMEs.

What is required of your company?
  • Your company is an SME or midcap enterprise registered in Finland and a genuine wish to grow and internationalize.
  • Your company is participating in an international B2B trade fair abroad either physically, with its own or a joint stand, or virtually.
  • Your company is in the prepayment register, its credit rating is at least A (Rating Alfa), and it does not have neglected financial obligations.

SMEs may receive funding for a maximum of 50% and midcap enterprises for a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs. The maximum amount of funding that can be granted to an individual enterprise is EUR 30,000 per trade fair, while the minimum funding granted is EUR 500 per enterprise. The funding is paid in arrears. Business Finland's aggregate aid granted for enterprises participating in the same trade fair event must be at least EUR 5,000.

International trade fair events

See instructions for applying for funding

How does Business Finland funding work?

1
Before you apply

Plan a project and define its goals. Ensure the sufficiency of self-financing.

2
Apply for funding

Submit your application through online services. Submit the additional information requested.

3
Approve the funding decision

Business Finland will assess your application and notify you of its decision. Read the decision and its terms and conditions, and approve the decision in online services.

4
Use the funding

Arrange project accounting. Notify Business Finland of any changes.

5
Report your project

Report your project's implementation and costs. Attach the additional information requested with your report.