Need help with designing & visualizing a product or service idea?
With the help of the Innovation Voucher, you can get affordable product development services:
Sketching and Design
Visualization & Rendering
Read more about our customer projects!
“The designers quickly understood the possibilities and limitations of Anttiina’s production methods. This beautiful table set was successfully launched on a fast schedule”
Antti Myllyniemi, CEO Anttiina Oy
“I am extremely happy with the collaboration with Jokinen Konu Design. They understood our need and implemented it very well into a functional product”
Juho Kahra, CEO Sähköpyöräkeskus
We offer 3D printing services as part of the design service. You can also contact us if you need help specially with making prototypes or 3D prints.
The application process for Innovation Voucher is simple and fast. In Innovation Voucher funding, the amount of aid is EUR 5,000, which is 100% of the amount of the purchased services excluding VAT.
You can spend this amount to buy services from one service provider. Your company can get this voucher only once.
The aid is transferred to your company after you have approved and paid for the work performed by the chosen service provider.
When your company can apply for the Innovation Voucher?
When the company has a new product or service idea intended for international markets and:
You want to evaluate the viability, usability and marketability of the idea with the help of demos, prototypes, testing and experiments, for example
You need an external expert’s input, expertise and competence an opinion, assessment, testing or measurement services, for example
You need support for patents, design protection and trademarks studies, novelty examinations, examinations of patentability or freedom to operate examinations, for example, or help in applying for them
You want to use scientific and research results to develop your business services related to assessing and using research results, for example
You have a problem with a product or service that you need help solving, for example, preparing a product, service, or design strategy
Your company is not eligible for an innovation voucher if:
Your company is not in the prepayment register.
Your company’s credit rating (Rating Alfa) according to Suomen Asiakastieto is below A.
Your company has violated its obligation to notify or has tax debts for which a payment plan has not been agreed with the tax authorities, or the plan has not been followed.
Your company is a large enterprise, sole trader, public or non-profit organization, foundation, association or a company based on the Åland Islands.
You are a part-time entrepreneur, or your company does not have employees. To be eligible for the Innovation voucher, you must have worked as a full-time entrepreneur in your company for at least three months before applying for the Innovation voucher. We may also grant you the Innovation voucher if you are a part-time entrepreneur, but your company employs at least one full-time employee whose employment relationship has continued for at least three months before applying for the Innovation voucher.
Your aim is to get information about new export markets.
- For this purpose, you cannot apply for the Innovation voucher, but you can apply for Business Finland’s Explorer funding.
The content of external expertise funded by the Innovation voucher is not new compared to your company’s own expertise.
Your company has no plans for internationalization.
Your company operates in an industry that is excluded from de minimis funding (primary agricultural production, fisheries and aquaculture).
Your company’s quota for de minimis funding is exceeded.
- Please note that de minimis funding granted for companies belonging to the same group or controlled by the same party is added together.
Your company has already been granted an Innovation voucher by Business Finland (or Tekes).
Your company has received funding from Business Finland in the current or previous year, or a project funded by Business Finland is ongoing in your company, or another application sent by your company to Business Finland is yet to be processed.
- Exception: Funding decisions, applications or ongoing projects in relation to emergency funding granted due to the coronavirus pandemic, energy aid, funding within the Explorer family and audiovisual production sector incentive do not prevent companies from applying for the Innovation voucher.
Your project focuses on examining funding possibilities for your company, product or service or acquiring such funding, or the aim is to map the scene for sponsors, investors and shareholders.
You want to use the Innovation voucher to purchase services from a company associated with your company through ownership, membership of the board of directors or a family relationship, for example.