Competitiveness of SMEs

Generating new business

The actions taken in accordance with the specific objective will primarily generate new, knowledge-intensive enterprises and business activities by supporting the start-up of new enterprises and the development of new business and the productisation and commercialisation of the ideas, products and services presented by SMEs.

Improving transport and logistic connections that are important to SMEs (only in Eastern and Northern Finland)

The actions taken in accordance with the specific objective will improve the competitiveness and operational prerequisites of enterprises, availability of services and logistic efficiency by means of sustainable transport systems, services and logistic cooperation. Links with TEN networks and transport hubs, such as airports, ports, industrial and logistics areas and tourist sites will be improved. There will be smart traffic solutions improving the efficiency of the transport sector and solutions promoting the coordination of different modes of transport.

Promoting growth and internationalisation of enterprises

The actions taken in accordance with the specific objective will lead to an increase in the number of growth-oriented SMEs. New SMEs start exports or enterprises that are already internationally oriented will start exports in new business areas.

Promoting energy efficiency in SMEs

As a result of the actions taken in accordance with the specific objective, the energy and material efficiency of the operations, products and services of SMEs will improve through the introduction of new solutions improving energy efficiency, while at the same time enterprises will be able to save energy in their operating processes. Greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced.

Funding may be granted for

  • the start-up of new enterprises and the development of new business
  • improving business expertise and internationalisation skills
  • investments and development projects in SMEs that promote growth, internationalisation and competitiveness
  • the development of business clusters, business networks and other forms of business co-operation
  • transport and logistic connections as well as smart transport solutions that support SMEs

At least 25 per cent of the actions will be directed at the launching and development of low-carbon business.