This information is updated 30.4.2012.
To succeed internationally, Finland needs healthy and sustainable businesses. Sitra promotes this through selective investments in growth companies.
Sitra mainly invests in equity, but may also grant convertible loans or, in special cases, regular loans. Sitra does not give any subsidies to companies.
Sitra actively participates in the development of its portfolio companies. The companies are able to use Sitra's internal expertise and extensive networks.
Sitra's portfolio currently includes investments in approximately 40 companies. The companies operate in fields such as energy, life sciences, local food and IT and environmental technology, as well as industrial production and services.
Sitra invests in companies in selected industry segments. We invest on equal terms with other investors with the investments being tools to promote sustainable businesses. In addition to a good financial return, Sitra also aims to achieve a positive effect on society.
New investments are targeted at businesses that:
Investments also create new kinds of business networks in Finland.
In addition to good financial returns, Sitra looks for skilled management and competitive technology, products or services. Investments typically are in the range of 300,000-1 million euros and Sitra aims at a minority ownership of 10-30% in the first financing round.
Sitra mainly invests in equity, but may also grant convertible loans or, in special cases, regular loans. Sitra always seeks other investors to co-invest in each company.
Emphasis on responsible and active ownership
Sitra's operations comply with the principles of socially responsible investments. Sitra commits to the ownership and development of the portfolio company for an average period of 4 to 10 years. Exit from a portfolio company will be carried out according to a specific plan prepared together with all other co-investors. Sitra is an active owner and typically nominates a representative to the board of directors.
No subsidies to companies
Sitra grants no subsidies or free support to companies. Please visit Enterprise Finland for information on services and funding for small and medium-sized companies available from other organisations.
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