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Hire an expert to help you internationalize

Talent Explorer funding can be used to hire an internationalization expert to provide new information and expertise about your target market, and promote your business in the new market.

Talent Explorer

Talent Explorer funding is a grant that your company does not need to repay later. You can use the funding to hire an expert to work in Finland to help your business internationalize. This person must have international expertise and/or knowledge of your target market.

The maximum project cost eligible for funding is 40,000 euros, of which the amount of Talent Explorer funding granted by Business Finland can be up to 20,000 euros. Thus, the funding covers up to 50 percent of the expert's employment costs, or their salary and other personnel costs and potential travel expenses for the first 6–12 months. Other expenses (such as travel, for example) can be up to 20% of the total salary.

We will not disburse Talent Explorer funds in advance, so your business must have sufficient funding to cover the project and other business operations. A company or group of companies can receive Talent Explorer funding up to three times.

What is required of your company?
  • At least a committed team of two working in Finland.
  • Your company has its own product or service, or a product or service idea that is at least in the pilot phase.
  • The market being surveyed in the Talent Explorer project is a new market for your company, and it has not been researched in previous projects.

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.