Developing Markets Platform

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Solutions for global development challenges

Developing Markets Platform (previously BEAM Program) helps Finnish companies and their partners develop sustainable business and access global funding in developing markets.

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About us

Developing markets throughout Africa and Asia continue to grow much faster than traditional markets. Development banks and the UN invest huge sums of money in sustainable and scalable solutions for these markets. Finland has the technology, skills and credibility to deliver such solutions.

The Developing Markets Platform (previously BEAM program) combines Business Finland services with those of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finnpartnership, UNTIL and other key partners. We help Finnish companies and their partners access African and Asian growth markets in ways that are compatible with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We offer information, advice, contacts and project funding for developing markets.

  • We fund projects that lead to new, scalable, and sustainable solutions in collaboration with local partners. This includes coaching and matchmaking.
  • We help SMEs and consortia, that already have identified an opportunity in a specific market, to access development bank funding.
  • We provide information and contacts to help in accessing procurements by the United Nations, mainly in the field of humanitarian crisis relief and recovery.
  • We work together with other Business Finland themes (Bio circular, Cleantech, and Digitalization) to identify growth opportunities in developing markets for business with impacts.

Target groups

Our typical customers are companies, their research and NGO partners, who utilize digital solutions and/or contribute to the development of the bio- and circular economy. We can fund non-governmental organizations with Finnpartnership.

Target countries

Primary target markets

  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia

Other target markets

  • Developing markets eligible for development aid assistance.

Join in

If you are interested in our funding services, please be in contact with the persons mentioned below before you submit an application. If you want to apply for funding, contact us before applying. Funding applications should be complemented with information about the potential development impacts of the project through this form

If your company is still looking for the right target market or you need help in implementing sustainable development goals in your business model, you can participate in Finnpartnership's and Business Finland's Application Workshops.

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Contact us

Head, Innovation funding
Christopher Palmberg
+358 50 5577 966
Financing by multilateral donors
Kiira Kärkkäinen
+358294695202
Humanitarian crisis relief and recovery
Marjukka Holopainen-Rainio
+358 50 571 0038
UN procurements, liaison with UN City in Copenhagen
Philip Bank
+45 2054 9892