Find out more about the German-Finnish ZIM innovation call, organized as a part of Business Finland’s Smart Life Finland program. Take the opportunity to pitch your company or project idea to join an innovation project or to generate new business contacts.

Business Finland and the German ZIM programme are looking for inspiring market-oriented joint projects between small and medium-sized enterprises in Finland and Germany. This time also research institutes in Finland can participate in the call by a co-innovation funding tool. If one or more research organizations are involved in the co-innovation project, there must also be at least three companies, which have applied for Business Finland funding for their R&D project.

The call is currently ongoing and is open for applications until December 15, 2021.

Time: 26 May 2021,11am–12.30pm (Finnish time)
Place: Online

Register for the pitching by 18 May.


11:00 Welcoming words
Kirsi Armanto, Business Finland
Paula Schnippering, AiF Projekt GmbH, Projektträger des BMWi

11:05 Trends and Opportunities in the German Healthcare Sector
Julia Albrecht, Manager, Chemicals & Healthcare
Germany Trade and Invest

11:20 Finnish Health Ecosystem
Kari Klossner, Head of Smart Life Finland Program
Business Finland

11:35 Introduction of German-Finnish Call for Proposals
Central Innovation Programme for SMEs
Paula Schnippering, AiF Projekt GmbH (ZIM project management agency of BMWi)
Finnish Funding Programme
Kirsi Armanto, Business Finland

11:45 Pitch Session

12:30 Promotion of the matchmaking event and end of the online seminar

Business Finland will select companies and research organizations for pitching based on the funding criteria for the joint ZIM innovation funding.

Virtual matchmaking sessions take place on B2Match –platform and is available for meetings between Finnish and German companies on:

• 26 May 2021 – 14:00–15:30 (after the info session)
• 27 May 2021 – 11:00–13:00
• 27 May 2021 – 14:00–15:30

These targeted 1:1 meetings offer an opportunity to find partners for joint proposals. In addition, these matchmaking sessions offer a general opportunity to generate new business contacts in Finland or Germany.

Contact persons

Kirsi Armanto
Chief Advisor, Business Finland, Growth Companies

Elina Iso-Oja
Advisor, Business Finland

Source: Business Finland