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Leverage from leading companies

Business Finland challenges global companies to lead ecosystems that consist of companies of different sizes and other players.

In 2020 Business Finland launched a challenge competition in which companies with international operations agreed to resolve significant future challenges and increase their research, development and innovation investments in Finland. If successful, these projects will lead to additional investments of several billion euros in Finland. The proposed projects were to have a significant impact on the R&D&I (Research, Development and Innovation) target of 4% and the employment target of 75% laid down in the Government Programme.

The leading companies are: ABB, Fortum and Metsä Group, Kone, Neste, Nokia and Sandvik.

The winning companies have committed to creating hundreds of new research, development and innovation jobs and increasing their R&D&I investments by several hundred million euros in total. In addition, the leading companies were to boost R&D&I cooperation with research organisations and SMEs.

Business Finland can provide a total of 120 million euros of funding to the projects that win the challenge competition, payable once jointly agreed goals have been reached.

Read more on challenge competition 2020 (pdf)

Roadmaps and contact details

Roadmaps are the visions of the leading companies on what solutions, technologies and know-how are needed in order to achieve the defined missions. Companies can participate and get funding from Business Finland in RDI projects that are related to the roadmap themes.

Please find the contact person of each roadmap below.

Read more about the roadmaps (pdf):

Partnership model funding call

Business Finland offers partnership funding for research, development, and innovation projects in leading companies' ecosystem themes. Funding is intended in particular for joint projects between companies and joint projects between companies and research organizations.

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Contact us

Karin Wikman

+358 50 557 7723