Tekes programmes

Tekes programmes' objectives

The Tekes programmes and initiatives are topical entities targeted at financial and expert service areas. Within the programmes and initiatives, businesses and public research units can develop new know-how, build networks and have an impact on the development of their field.

Tekes is an active and visible in selected fields:

  • Natural resources and resource efficiency
  • Digitalism renewing business and industry
  • Wellbeing and health
  • New business ecosystems
  • Market access
  • Value creation

The focus areas are especially reflected in Tekes programmes. 

Ongoing programmes

5thGear 2014–2019 
The 5thGear programme aims to solve challenges related to the next generation wireless data communications, the creation of new business, and rocketing Finland as the leading target for international investments.

Arctic Seas 2014–2017
The aim  of the programme is to turn Finland into an internationally attractive concentration of Arctic know-how.

BEAM – Business with impact 2015–2019
The joint programme of Tekes and Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. It's aim is sustainable growth for Finland and the developing world.

Bits of Health 2014–2018 
The programme is mainly intended for companies that utilise digitalisation and strive for international growth and that develop products and services promoting health, the early diagnosis of illnesses, health monitoring and personalized treatment.

Feelings  Intangible value creation and experienced value 2012–2018
The programme wants to raise customer experience, emotions and meanings as key business drivers besides technology and expertise. In addition to emotions and customer experience, the programme encourages companies to exploit all of their intangible assets better, including brands, reputation and knowledge capital.


Innovative Cities 2014–2017
The aim of the programme is to create internationally attractive innovation clusters in Finland based on top-notch talent. Innovation clusters include companies aiming for growth that are capable of creating brand-new products and services for the international market.

Liideri – Business, Productivity and Joy at Work 2012–2018 
The vision of the programme is that in 2020 Finland will have Europe’s most competitive workplaces. Making this vision a reality will require radical changes to management methods and new forms of work organisation and working.

Smart & Green Growth – clean transition to the bioeconomy
The vision of the Smart and Green Growth is to create internationally attractive R&D environments and business ecosystems in the Finnish bioeconomy and clean solution sectors.

Smart Energy
Smart Energy is a national Team Finland program managed by Tekes and Finpro. It supports the role of Finland as forerunner and testbed of smart energy solutions.

Team Finland Industrial Internet Program 2014–2019  
The program aims to renew the business operations of companies through the Industrial Internet and encourage companies from different fields to engage in new kinds of cooperation.

Witty City 2013–2017 
The aim of the Smart City programme is to provide people with better living and working environments and companies with opportunities to bring new products and services on the market.

Recently ended programmes

Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOK)

The Strategic Centres for Science, Technology and Innovation established in Finland are public-private partnerships for speeding up innovation processes. Their main goal is to thoroughly renew industry clusters and to create radical innovations.

Tekes will not continue to fund SHOKs after 2015. 

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