Bio, cleantech and digital sector pilots and demos

What?

Funding of bio, cleantech and digital sector pilots and demos to promote projects involving the trial and adoption of new technology and business models.

For whom?

SMEs, mid caps and large companies.

Based on pilots and demos, a company can test the functionality of an innovative solution on the threshold of commercialisation, and evaluate its benefits alongside a customer. Through such a project, the functionality of R&D results can be demonstrated on a sufficiently large scale, and in a real operating environment.

The project will provide the company with valuable customer feedback before the product enters the market and its commercial production phase begins. It will boost the firm's credibility in the eyes of potential customers and speed up the productisation process and market entry.

The campaign will be run on the basis of cooperation between Tekes, Finnvera and Finpro; by applying, the applicant accepts that these organisations will exchange information on the project. The same project can receive both Tekes and Finnvera funding but, when applying, the applicant must ensure that the overall contribution of public funding is less than 75% and that Tekes and Finnvera funding do not cover the same costs. The piloting and demonstration can be held in Finland or abroad.

The campaign period for Stage 1 is 14 March to 13 May 2016.
 

Phase 1 funding: Grants for the development of piloting and demonstration capabilities and for feasibility studies

Tekes funding for the development of demonstration capabilities for SMEs and mid cap companies

- Funding for the development of demonstration capabilities may include the following:

  • The creation of a business model, internationalisation strategy, or marketing strategy related to the pilots or demos.
  • Customer and market surveys. The funding may be used to explore demand for the product, meet potential customers and collect direct feedback on customer needs. What kinds of devices and solutions are needed and in which market; is the solution scalable? What opportunities will arise due to legislative or other changes? Who are the key actors in the market in question, who are the players in the ecosystem, and how can you gain entry to the ecosystem?
  • The funding can be used in relation to intellectual property rights and protection-related analyses.

– In the case of SMEs, funding for the development of demonstration capabilities constitutes 50% of the overall total costs eligible for coverage by a de minimis grant (the maximum eligible costs total EUR 100,000).

  • Eligible costs include employees' salary costs, purchased services from other companies and research organisations, as well as travel expenses.
  • The planning of commercial investment projects is ineligible for such funding.
  • Please enter 'BCD-demos' in the application's reference data field.

– For advice on market opportunities, see the Team Finland network

SMEs, mid caps and large companies are eligible for Tekes funding for feasibility studies

A feasibility study involves the evaluation and analysis of a project's potential, with the aim of supporting the decision-making process by objectively and rationally evaluating the project's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, identifying the required resources, and weighing up its chances of success. Such funding is intended for exploring the feasibility of an existing plan.

  • Is a demo worth doing, and what would be the most economical and sensible way of implementing one? A feasibility study does not require the implementation of an actual demo.
  • The funding level of a feasibility study is a grant covering 50% of the total eligible costs.
  • Eligible costs include employees' salary costs, purchased services from other companies and research organisations, as well as travel expenses.
  • The planning of commercial investment projects is ineligible for such funding.
  • Please enter 'BCD-demos' in the application's reference data field.

Municipalities and municipal enterprises

Municipalities and municipal enterprises can apply for Innovative public procurements funding intended for the promotion of pilots and demos.

The campaign period for Stage 1 is 14 March to 13 May 2016, but applications may also be submitted thereafter.

The campaign period for Stage 1 is 14 March to 13 May 2016.
 

Phase 2 funding: Various funding opportunities for the implementation of pilot and demonstration projects and new business

Tekes loan for risky pilot and demo projects

This Tekes loan is intended for the implementation of the risky element of pilot and demo projects involving previously untested technology and/or business models.

  • This funding is intended for the implementation of a pilot and demo. The functionality of the product can be demonstrated on a sufficiently large scale in a real operating environment. The project provides the company with valuable customer feedback before the product enters the market and its commercial production phase begins. The site can be located in Finland or abroad.
  • This Tekes funding is available as a loan covering a maximum of 50-70% of the total eligible costs of planning projects by SMEs and 50% in the case of mid cap and large companies. Repayment of the Tekes loan or part of it may be waived if the project does not result in commercially usable results.
  • Eligible costs include employees' salary costs, purchased services from other companies and research organisations, as well as travel expenses. The costs may include the rental or depreciation costs of machines and buildings during the project, and material and planning costs.
  • The planning of commercial investment projects is ineligible for such funding.
  • Please enter 'BCD-demos' in the application's reference data field.

Municipalities and municipal enterprises

  • In certain cases, municipalities and municipal enterprises can apply for funding for the implementation of the R&D phase of Stage 2.

  • Go to Online Service

No application period has been set for Stage 2 and applications can be submitted at any time.
 

Finnvera funding opportunities for pilot and demo projects

Finnvera finances business and the growth of business. Finnvera operates as a complementary funding body, enabling the realisation of overall project funding when a bank or other private funding body is involved. To be eligible for funding, the company must be able to provide sufficient funding of its own.

When, after the demo phase, a product or service moves to the commercial stage and customer negotiations lead to commercial agreements, Finnvera can be involved in funding the related transactions, the company's growth and the working capital and investments this requires. We can provide loans and guarantees to domestic SMEs and mid cap companies. All companies can take advantage of our export credit guarantees for the funding of foreign customers of exporters.

Clients are requested to contact their Finnvera contact persons in matters related to Finnvera funding.

Finpro assistance with the internationalisation of SMEs

Finpro helps Finnish SMEs to internationalise. Finpro is a public-sector actor with 300 experts operating from 36 trade centres in 31 countries and from six offices in Finland. As a Team Finland partner, Finpro is running almost 40 major growth programmes, such as Cleantech Finland. These growth programmes are helping hundreds of Finnish companies to enter the international markets and are attracting foreign investment to Finland.

Examples of themes and contact persons

Below, some of the themes are listed for which applications can be made. Pilots and demos can also concern themes outside this list. We recommend that you contact Tekes, Finpro or Finnvera before submitting your application.

Bio and cleantech sector pilots and demos, examples of themes

  • Digital solutions in the bio and cleantech sector
  • Circular economy, recycling, re-use of materials, utilisation of side streams
  • New products and production methods based on biomass
  • Sustainable and intelligent transport, construction, energy and waste solutions
  • More efficient use of energy, materials and water
  • Innovative foodstuffs

Get in touch

Tekes: For further information on business development in the bio and cleantech sectors, international growth, demos, and pilots, contact Sebastian Johansson, Heikki Aro, Kari Penttinen and Kari Keskinen (tel. switchboard +358 2950 55000, firstname.lastname@tekes.fi).

Finpro: For further information on international business in the bio and cleantech sectors, contact Risto Huhta-Koivisto and Ilkka Homanen (tel. switchboard +358 29 46951, firstname.lastname@finpro.fi).
Finnvera: For further information on the bio and cleantech sectors, contact Laura Strandberg and Jyrki Isotalo. (tel. exchange +358 29 46911, firstname.lastname@finnvera.fi).

Digi pilots and demos, examples of themes

  • Personal health combined with mobile expertise, and the connection with public health care
  • Vehicles, transport and mobility solutions
  • Utilisation of Big Data
  • Solutions based on the Internet of Things
  • Solutions utilising or applying wireless technologies
  • Sensors
  • Solutions related to digital learning

Get in touch

Tekes: For further information on the development of digital business, international growth, demos and pilots, contact Mika Klemettinen and Sakari Karppinen (tel. exchange +358 2950 55000, firstname.lastname@tekes.fi).

Finpro: For further information on the international business scene within Big Data/IoT in the digital sector, contact Reijo Smolander or Markku Kivistö, and for information on digital learning solutions contact Riitta Vänskä (tel. exchange +358 29 46951, firstname.lastname@finpro.fi).
Finnvera: For further information on the digital theme, contact Jari Ihamäki (tel. exchange +358 29 46911, firstname.lastname@finnvera.fi).

Team Finland as a provider of help in monitoring the international market and in developing and growing international business

Key project funding under the Government Programme