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Business financing

City of Jyväskylä Business Development Services can help in finding different financing options for different phases of a company’s lifecycle. In cooperation with you, we look for suitable funding partners from among public and private funding providers.

Suomen Yrittäjät has published a guide on various services and financing for internationalisation and growth. Download the guide here. 

Further information on financing options

Central Finland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment: The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment are part of the central government administration operating in the regions of Finland and support the establishment, growth and development of SMEs by providing advisory, training and development services as well as funding. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment may participate in the financing of company development projects. Funding is granted on a discretionary basis, and the conditions for obtaining funding vary between different forms of funding. The experts at the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment provide further information on the funding guidelines, the suitability of the project for funding and how to apply for support.

Finnvera: Finnvera is a state-owned special financier and the official export credit agency of Finland, providing financing for the start-up, growth and internationalisation of businesses, as well as for protection against export risks. Finnvera strengthens the operational preconditions and competitiveness of Finnish companies by offering loans, guarantees, private equity investments and export credit guarantees. The company’s operations are required to be self-sustainable. Business Jyväskylä advises companies operating in Jyväskylä and the Central Finland Enterprise Agency advises new companies on how to apply for Finnvera funding.

Business Finland: Business Finland provides funding for research, product development and a wide range of business development needs, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Large companies and research organisations can receive funding for joint projects with SMEs.

European programmes: European programmes and networks provide funding for companies and research organisations. Participating in projects is a good way to develop skills in cooperation with international research groups and companies. Business Finland’s experts help to find and utilise the funding provided by European programmes.

FIBAN: Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) is a national-level organisation of private investors that promotes angel investments in startups and growth companies. FiBAN organises numerous events in the field and its network has 650 members. FiBAN is a member of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN).

Start-up grant

A start-up grant for a start-up entrepreneur helps to survive financially during the start-up phase of a company. A good business plan is a prerequisite for receiving the grant. A start-up entrepreneur can receive a start-up grant for the first 6–12 months of business operations. The start-up grant is intended to help provide the entrepreneur with a living and it is a personal, taxable income. The start-up grant can be applied for through TE Services.

Funding radar

An open-access database built by and for founders, investors, executives and tech enthusiasts. The  platform provides information and data about startups, growth companies, innovations, investors, funding rounds, and many other perspectives in the region of Jyväskylä as well as internationally.

Investor networks

Business Angel Networks EBAN & FiBAN

City of Jyväskylä is a member of the European EBAN and the Finnish FiBAN angel investor network. The goal of the cooperation is to get capital and financing for companies in the region that want to grow, but also networks that open doors to support growth.

EBAN's network of European business angels includes investors from 50 countries and its estimated investments amount to 11.4 billion euros per year. City of Jyväskylä is the only Finnish urban developer in the network. EBAN and City of Jyväskylä jointly organize the Jyväskylä Business Rally Investor Day event every year.



Feel free to contact us!

Make an appointment for free business counselling and together we will consider the best route to support your company’s growth and development, or leave your contact information and we will get in touch with you shortly.

You can also call us. The business counselling service number +358 14 569 0138 is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Risto Kovala

Business Service Manager
+358 50 365 0012