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 (Business Partnership Support) and prepare the application at the workshop.
Finnpartnership organizes monthly application workshops in Helsinki. In 2020, the workshops will be every other month in English and every other month in Finnish, starting with a workshop in Finnish in January 2020. You can register for the workshops here. Welcome! Please note that the workshops are aimed at companies and organisations that are eligible to apply for Business Partnership Support.
In addition to Business Partnership Support, the workshop introduces companies from the developing countries 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, as well as 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, creating jobs, promoting equality, improving the environment or increasing energy efficiency. By recognizing your company’s influence on the development of the target country and by knowing how to communicate this, new partnership opportunities can emerge with international organizations (UN, EU, etc.) and also, new funding opportunities can be found among the growing field of impact investors. The application workshop works as an introduction to this.
The application workshop also features a presentation of Business Finland’s funding opportunities. After the workshop, there is a possibility to stay for SDG Talks organized by Finnpartnership and the Kymppi project from 15.15 to 17.00, where you can deepen your knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals together with experts from Finnpartnership and Kymppi project.
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. 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 8:45 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 workshop in April will be held online via Microsoft Teams due to the COVID-19 virus.
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.
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.
Application workshop programme
8:45 a.m. Morning coffee
9:00 a.m. Welcome and introduction
9:10 a.m. Introductions
9:25 a.m. Business Finland’s funding opportunities
9:35 a.m. Applying for Business Partnership Support
10:35 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Applying for Business Partnership Support: Discussion and conclusion
11:15 a.m. Matchmaking service for connecting companies
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. NGO presentation
12:35 p.m. Know Your Impact: Environmental and social responsibility and development impacts
1:35 p.m. Other funding channels related to development financing
2:25 p.m. Discussion and questions
2:45 p.m. Workshop close – opportunity to talk with experts until 3:00 p.m.