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Business Services >Funding Updated at: 10.05.2018

Financing projects and programmes

Tekes offers innovation financing for companies, research organisations and public service providers. SMEs seeking internationalisation and growth are the most important target group of the financing.

The aim of the national Innovative Cities programme (INKA) is to generate competitive companies based on top expertise by helping companies in project preparations and consequently funding acquisition. Tampere is responsible for leading the work in the Smart cities and Industrial regeneration themes, in addition to which Tampere also helps with the Future health care theme. Please describe your product and development need on the contact form and you will be contacted.

It is the aim of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to increase employment and improve the competitiveness and vitality of regions. In the Tampere Region, the Council of Tampere Region grants financing to projects with themes connected to improving the competitiveness of SME business activities, producing and utilising the latest information and competence and promoting the low-carbon economy.

Manufuture Finland strives to maintain and foster the competitiveness of Finnish manufacturing industry by strengthening Finnish competence and to promote the participation of Finnish manufacturing industry in European co-operation. The activities are coordinated by Fimecc. View the current SME EU calls.

The Horizon 2020 SME financial instrument is intended for the growth and development of operating SMEs. Read the article Horizon 2020 SME information session and view the videos in the (in Fin) Tampere All Bright online magazine. For more information about the instrument, contact the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Pirkanmaa, Jukka Kohonen (+358 295 023 555, jukka.kohonen(at) See also information about the Horizon 2020 on Tekes website.

EFSI is the European Fund for Strategic Investments. It funds investments in line with the EFSI strategy in Europe. The funding can be granted Finnish businesses and other organisations of all kinds and sizes (SMEs through intermediaries). EFSI-guaranteed funding can be applied for as long as the project fulfils the sector-specific criteria, is profitable and also has internal financing or funding from other sources. To learn more, contact the EFSI investment information telephone service on +358 9 6803 5683 or send a contact request to