Building the Future - Taking Action
The purpose of the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation is to develop competences and an innovative business environment for the companies represented by the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.
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 Platforms for Growth
We launched 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 education 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.
Board of directors
The Board of Directors of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries appoints the Cebtennial Foundation's six Board members for a three-year term. The President of the Federation is a permanent member of the Board of Directors based on his position.
Board of directors 2017
Mr. Antti Zitting (chairman)
Mr. Ari Rahkonen (vice chairman)
Ms. Sari Baldauf
Dr. Matti Sommarberg
Dr. JT Bergqvist
Mr. vesa Varjonen
Mr. Jorma Turunen
Authorised representative of the Foundation
Dr Laura Juvonen, Managing Director
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Steel and Metal Producers' Fund
Fund for the Association of Finnish Steel and Metal Producers operates under the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation.
The Steel and Metal Producers' Fund was established by the following steel and metal producing companies: Outokumpu, Outotec, Rautaruukki, Boliden and Ovako. The fund grants scholarships and awards worth approximately 300,000 euros annually.