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Startup: Ensure that your business idea works

We offer funding, advice, market insight, and networks for startups who want to ensure that their business idea works. When you are planning to grow in international markets, and your business plan needs to be updated, please, check these services.



Among other things, you can test the functionality of your business concept, gain feedback from potential customers, and analyze demand in a new market. The maximum amount of funding is EUR 50,000, and the funding covers 75 percent of the project's budget. This funding constitutes a grant that does not have to be paid back. Read more about Tempo.

Innovation Voucher

Innovation vouchers are intended for companies that have a new product or service idea with international growth potential and that need external expertise for development. The amount of aid is EUR 5,000 plus 100% of the amount of the purchased services excluding VAT. Read more about the Innovation Voucher.

Market Explorer

Market Explorer funding can be used to buy new information and expertise to help your company make progress in a new export market. The funding is intended to cover the expenses incurred from purchasing expert services. The amount of funding granted by Business Finland is between EUR 5,000 and EUR 10,000, and the funding covers 50 percent of the costs of procuring expert services. Read more about Market Explorer.

Talent Explorer

Talent Explorer funding can be used to hire an expert to bring new knowledge and expertise to help your company make progress in a new international market. Funded projects can be worth up to EUR 40,000, and the funding granted by Business Finland may cover up to EUR 20,000 of the total. Read more about Talent Explorer.

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Advice services

Business Finland's experts in Finland and around the world provide advice to startups. Typical topics include:

  • Market selection and validation
  • Expert search
  • Market-specific informations

Read more about advice services.

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Market information and contacts

Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network has experts in 60 target countries, and it provides European companies with free internationalization services. Read more about the Enterprise Europe Network.

Accelerators abroad

Utilize the services of business accelerators abroad to boost your international development. By participating in a business accelerator program, you can validate customer needs and build a business in the target market. Read more about accelerators.

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Business Finland's programs focus on a specific theme or sector and offer companies information and contacts in this sector. The programs help companies to improve their competitiveness and identify new markets for their products. There are programs in progress in many different fields: cleantech, bioeconomy and the circular economy, digitalization, the consumer sector, and health and wellbeing.

See all programs here