Team Finland network organisations

Team Finland organisations

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The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for industrial and innovation policy and, as part of this, promoting the internationalisation of companies and the acquisition of foreign investments.Business Finland, Finnvera, Finnish Industry Investment, the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, the centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and the Finnish-Russian and the Finnish-Swedish Chambers of Commerce are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

Business Finland  offers funding for innovation activities and services for internationalisation, investments and tourism promotion. 

Finnvera provides financing for the start-up, growth and internationalisation of companies and for protection against export risks. Finnvera strengthens the operating conditions and competitiveness of Finnish enterprises by offering loans, guarantees, venture capital investments and export credit guarantees.

Tesi is a government-owned investment company that offers growth companies venture capital, expertise and networks. Finnish Industry Investment invests in the growth and internationalisation of companies together with our domestic and foreign investor partners. 

Finnfund provides long-term financing for private-sector projects in developing countries and in Russia. It invests primarily in projects of Finnish companies and their cooperation partners, but may also provide funding for projects based on Finnish expertise that are environmentally friendly or develop the host countries.

Finnpartnership offers financial support in the planning, development and training phases of projects aimed at long-term business on developing markets. Through Finnpartnership’s Matchmaking Service, companies in Finland and developing countries can find new business opportunities.

The Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce (FRCC) helps companies to go international in Russia. Its services include, among others, trade missions, field of business projects, market surveys, contact searches, training in Russian trade, expert services (legal, financial administration, business), event organisation and the Russian trade guides.

The Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (FSCC) promotes trade and economic relations between Finland and Sweden Activities focus on helping and coaching SMEs for the Swedish market. The Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce provides services in Finnish and is based in Stockholm.

The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centres) help Finnish SMEs to internationalise and grow. The ELY Centres offer evaluation services for new products and production ideas, expert services as well as grant funding for the growth, development and internationalisation of companies and their exports.

The Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) registers businesses, foundations and associations, and examines and grants patents, utility models, trademarks and design rights. The Office supports internationalisation and international operations of companies by offering information, tools, networks and advice to help them apply for intellectual property protection abroad, such as patents, trademarks and design rights.

VTT develops new smart technologies, solutions and innovative services. Through its extensive international research and innovation networks, VTT can provide Finnish companies with the latest research knowledge and access to EU research projects.

The Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) provides services relating to mining and the prospecting and exploitation of minerals. It is also responsible for the mining sector growth programme.

 

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs influences companies' operating environment and market access abroad, attracts investments to Finland and coordinates country brand work. The Ministry provides guidance and support to the Finnish missions abroad and the Team Finland network as a whole. Team Finland services provided by the Finnish include establishing contacts, producing market information and finding solutions to companies problems. The Minister for Foreign Affairs finances development instruments which promote business partnership, innovations and private and public investments in developing countries.

Finnfund and Finnpartnership fall within the administrative branch of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs supports businesses in their efforts to partake in the procurement processes of international organisations, such as the UN, development financing institutions and the EU. The Ministry provides the businesses with information on the organisations' procurement procedures and contacts.

Finnfund provides long-term financing for private-sector projects in developing countries and in Russia. It primarily invests in projects between Finnish companies and their cooperation partners but it may also finance environmentally friendly projects that are based on Finnish expertise or that promote the target countries.

Finnpartnership offers financial support in the planning, development and training phases of projects aimed at long-term business on developing markets. Through the matchmaking service, Finnish businesses and businesses in developing countries may find new business opportunities.

 

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports the development of export in the education and culture sectors. Education exports are promoted through high-level Finnish delegations and in connection with visits to Finland. The Ministry of Education and Culture provides financial support to the preparation of projects promoting cultural exports. Culture and science institutes are included in the administrative branch of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Education Finland, the growth programme for education export under the Finnish National Agency for Education, provides support to companies, education providers and other actors in the education export sector.

The Finnish Cultural and Academic Institutes (FCAI) is a network of Finnish cultural and academic institutes and the foundations and funds maintaining them that was formed in 2005. The network consists of 16 cultural and academic institutions abroad and the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre Hanaholmen in Espoo.