Building the Future - Taking Action
In total, the Foundation has granted 114M€ to support development of education, research and the innovation environment in Finland. According to our current strategy, the Foundation supports especially initiatives that aim at a significant leap in renewing the Finnish innovation and educational environment.
IDEA CHALLENGE - CO_CREATION PLATFOPRMS FOR GROWTH
We luanched a 30-day idea challenge and received 140 proposals for new co-creation platforms for growth. The best ideas got funding to test and develop their idea during 90 days. In the end, best ideas received funding worth 550 000 euros in total.
What was funded? For example, FiVR - the Finnish virtual reality network and developer hub, and DIT Heureka - co-creation platform for startup entrepreneurs in digital learning and school children.
Read more and sign in (in Finnish): Teot ratkaisevat - Idea Challenge site
SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE
Finland is recognised for its world-leading education system - and we want to ensure that we will be a leader also in the future. The Foundation is supporting two extensive co-creation initiatives that will carry out hundred innovative and ambitious educational projects - with an international impact.
In addition to ambitious new openings, we continue our long-term mission to support the ground-level competence building that lays the foundation of the Finnish technology industries. For example, the fiundation recognises the efforts of our excellent teachers by annual awards. We also encourage all of our top-level students in Finland by grants based on success in the national Mathematics Matriculation Exam.
THE FUTURE MAKERS
We are funding ambitious reserach openings with novel ideas to create internationally unique knowledge for the benefit of the Finnish industry and renewal of the society at large. The program is co-funded with Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
The foundation is also active in the development of doctoral eduction in Finland, e.g. via the Post Docs in Companies Program, and we provide grants to studies in top-level US universities via the Fulbright Program.