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Call 13.3.-1.5.2020

Digital Trust Challenge

The Digital Trust Challenge activates and networks the different players on the digital trust theme and forms new innovation projects for 2020.

Contact us

Kirsi Kokko
Head of Digital Trust Finland program
kirsi.kokko (at)
+358 50 550 2023
Challenge: All themes, main contact e.g. for the theme Critical (authorities) communication

Kari J. Leino
Senior Advisor, EU ICT Chair, Component level security
kari.leino (at)
+358 50 5577 698
Challenge theme: Quantum computing and cyber security

Tiina Nurmi
Senior Advisor, Digi Ecosystems
tiina.nurmi (at)
+358 50 557 7868
Challenge theme: Infrastructure security and industrial cyber security

Pauli Stigell
Senior Advisor, EU Horizon2020 Secure Societies
pauli.stigell (at)
+358 50 5577 856
Challenge theme: Infrastructure security and technology development in cyber security


Call has ended!

Business Finland's Digital Trust Finland program aims to accelerate the growth of new innovations and new global business for security and trust services and solutions – both in suppliers' and end users' point of view. The Digital Trust Challenge is launched to activate the experts of this sector to collaboratively develop new innovations that assure Finnish competitiveness. Business Finland will fund projects in Digital Trust theme with 100 million euros in 2019-2024.


Digital security plays a critical role in the world where people, products, services and different platforms are more and more digitally linked to each other. It is needed to ensure the connectivity, services, logistics and critical infrastructure but also the operating conditions of industry and business in general.

Digital Trust Challenge is realized as a part of Digital Trust program. The aim of the Challenge is to:

  • Scan and activate ideas, innovations and needs in the sector
  • Encourage the players who share interest and expertise in the same themes to network and collaborate in order to strengthen the ecosystems 
  • Enable new innovations to emerge and thus ensure international competitiveness of Finnish expertise also in the future.

Digital Trust Challenge

Digital Trust Challenge is open for Finnish small and middle size enterprises, Midcaps (corporation turnover under 300 MEUR), large companies, research institutes, municipalities and cities, who strive for international growth and competitiveness. The participating companies are expected to have well established business.

Participating in the idea challenge doesn't start the actual funding process; the submitted ideas will be categorized and grouped, and their developers are invited in workshops which take place in May-June. The objective in the workshops is to network and encourage in collaboration the actors interested in the same theme and consequently combine individual ideas into larger schemes. Even after the potentially applied and funded R&D&I project you'll still need finalizing R&D before the actual market launch or a product or service.

The objective is to encourage new emerging consortiums that will be formed in the workshops to prepare joint innovation projects during 2020. At this stage all Business Finland's normal funding services such as co-creation and co-innovation funding are available. In addition, Business Finland offers information about potentially matching EU-calls. Read more on the funding  services

Themes of the Idea Challenge

Digital Trust Challenge focus themes are the following:

  • Infrastructure security (specifically energy and connectivity)
  • Critical (authorities) communication
  • Industry cyber security
  • Technology development in cyber security
  • Quantum computing and cyber security

The ideas and related solutions must have significant positive impacts on the applicant’s international competitiveness. The challenge to be solved may relate with either increasing the value of an existing product or service, or entirely new product or service concept. No finalized product or service is expected to be developed on the first phase idea challenge.

Participate the challenge

1. Read the instructions (docx)

2. Fill in the idea form (docx)

3. Please submit the idea form through secure connection

If you are not currently submitting your own idea, but want to partner with other participants, you can participate as a partner.

Participate as a partner


  • The idea challenge is open: 13.3.2020 - 1.5.2020
  • Thematic online workshops start on May-June
  • Sparring of the potential projects from August onwards
  • Digital Trust Finland program will provide the latest information of the schedule and progress of the idea challenge on program's website.

Watch the Digital Trust Challenge launch event webcast

Read more about the Digital Trust Finland program