c/o Teollisen yhteistyön rahasto Oy (FINNFUND)
P.O. Box 147
00181 Helsinki - FINLAND
tel: +358 9 348 434 (please ask for Finnpartnership)
You will learn how to evaluate your project’s suitability for Finnpartnership funding and prepare the application at the workshop.
Finnpartnership organizes monthly application workshops in Helsinki. In 2019, the workshops will be every other month in English and every other month in Finnish, starting with a workshop in English in January 2019. You can register for the workshops here. Please note that the workshops are aimed at companies and organisations that are eligible to apply for Business Partnership Support.
In addition to the support application, the workshop introduces African, Asian and Latin American companies that are currently seeking business partners in Finland and that have been subject to Finnpartnership’s preliminary screening. These companies are also listed in the public Matchmaking database.
In addition, the workshops cover companies’ environmental and social impact matters, especially from the perspective of operating in developing countries, in addition to the positive impact possibilities for development through business. This also provides new types of opportunities for further funding for business activities that can be considered to promote sustainable development by, for example, improving the environment, increasing energy efficiency, reducing consumption of natural resources, adding jobs to women and youth, promoting equality and by making education available to everyone. Numerous international organisations work toward the same goals, such as the UN and an increasing number of investors who are seeking impact from the projects they fund. In order to engage in this type of cooperation, a company must understand the suitability of its business and its potential in this area and be able to communicate on it effectively. The application workshop serves as an introduction to this.
Upon registration, participants are asked to provide a short description of their current business activities/industry and what types of business partners they are seeking in the developing markets. The wishes of participants are included in the workshop programme.
Workshops are also open to NGOs operating in developing countries, which can work together with companies on projects that are not seeking to make a profit. Twenty minutes is reserved in each workshop for NGOs to have the floor and 1-2 times a year it is available to the NGO that first registers for the event. Good cooperation models have been created between companies and NGOs at the workshops. NGO expertise complements business expertise specifically in the area of development impact. The Helsinki workshops are primarily held at Ruoholahden Tähti at Porkkalankatu 22 A, 00180 Helsinki from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (the location may change and the final location is always communicated to the participants along with the programme). The programme for the workshop is sent to registered participants on the Monday of the week of the event. Registration for the events can be done here.
Application workshop programme
8:15 a.m. Morning coffee
8:30 a.m. Welcome and introduction
8:50 a.m. Introductions
9:20 a.m. Applying for Business Partnership Support
10:20 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Applying for Business Partnership Support: Discussion and conclusion
11:00 a.m. Matchmaking service
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. NGO presentation
12:20 p.m. Environmental and social responsibility and development impacts
1:20 p.m. New funding models and channels
2:10 p.m. Discussion and questions
2:30 p.m. Workshop close – opportunity to talk with experts until 3:00 p.m.