Established in 2008 by the European Commission, Enterprise Europe Network is a network providing expertise and internationalization services for SMEs. The network provides an extensive selection of services ranging from EU-specific advisory services to support for international technology transfer.
The network operates in more than sixty countries, also including some outside the EU, such as Norway, Russia and the United States. The network’s service providers include roughly 600 organisations and more than 3,000 experts. The network is part of the Commission’s COSME programme (Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).
The national network of Finland includes three organisations. Commercial services as well as services related to financing, legal issues and business contacts are provided by Business Finland and the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce.
Technology transfer, cooperation and R&D related services are provided by Turku Science Park Oy.
The network coordinator is Business Finland. Important national cooperation partners include the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, technology centers and parties providing regional corporate services.
Enterprise Europe Network is partially funded by the European Commission. Additionally, the network is nationally funded by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the network partners.