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Online 26.5.2021

Finnish-German partnering for joint innovation funding – Info Session & Matchmaking

11am–12.30pm Finnish time

Please note, that the registration deadline for the pitching is May 18th 2021.

The call is currently ongoing and is open for applications until December 15, 2021.



More information

Kirsi Armanto
Chief Advisor
Business Finland, Growth Companies
Health & Wellbeing
kirsi.armanto (at)
+358 50 396 2846

Elina Iso-Oja
Business Finland
elina.iso-oja (at)
+49 160 9484 7253

Business Finland and German ZIM programme are looking for inspiring market-oriented joint projects between small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland and Germany.

NEW: This time also research institutes in Finland can participate in the call. This is done by co-innovation funding tool: If one or more research organizations are involved in the co-innovation project, there must also be at least three companies, which have applied for Business Finland funding for their R&D project.

Come to hear more about the German-Finnish ZIM innovation call, organized as a part of Business Finland's Smart Life Finland program, and use the opportunity to pitch your company or project idea for a joint innovation project or to generate new business contacts.


11:00 Welcoming words
Kirsi Armanto, Business Finland
Paula Schnippering, AiF Projekt GmbH, Projektträger des BMWi

11:05 Trends and Opportunities in the German Healthcare Sector
Julia Albrecht, Manager, Chemicals & Healthcare
Germany Trade and Invest

11:20 Finnish Health Ecosystem
Meria Heikelä, Director, Health sector, London
Business Finland

11:35 Introduction of German-Finnish Call for Proposals
Central Innovation Programme for SMEs
Paula Schnippering, AiF Projekt GmbH (ZIM project management agency of BMWi)
Finnish Funding Programme
Kirsi Armanto, Business Finland

11:45 Pitch Session

12:30 Promotion of the matchmaking event and end of the online seminar

Business Finland will select companies and research organizations for pitching based on the funding criteria for the joint ZIM innovation funding.

Virtual matchmaking sessions take place on B2Match –platform and is available for meetings between Finnish and German companies on:

• 26 May 2021 - 14:00–15:30 (after the info session)
• 27 May 2021 - 11:00–13:00
• 27 May 2021 - 14:00–15:30

These targeted 1:1 meetings offer an opportunity to find partners for joint proposals. In addition, these matchmaking sessions offer a general opportunity to generate new business contacts in Finland or Germany.

Please read more about the German-Finnish ZIM innovation call.