Refinery brings creative economy counselling directly to the client. This nationwide service is geared toward small and middle-sized companies, entrepreneurs, and would-be entrepreneurs in the creative industries. The objective is to help clients make their business more profitable.
At the heart of the service are the Refinery clinics: clients can reserve one to two hours of counselling time with an expert, free of charge. Refinery offers individualised first-aid: the consultants are specialised in different areas from music to gaming, from digital environments to handicraft.
DigiDemo (Ministry of Education and Culture)
In 2002 the Ministry of Education and Culture began a pilot project to support the product development of audiovisual content for digital devices. In 2006 the project was renewed and transformed into the three-year DigiDemo subsidy. The annual amount of the subsidy has been €780,000 since 2009.
The aim is to support the product development of culture-themed works, programmes, games, and services that have a good chance of going into production. The subsidies are distributed by the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK).
HELMI – diverse product and service innovations (MEE)
The development project aims to create new, envelope-pushing models to improve entrepreneurship, facilitating the founding of companies operating in the creative industries and its margins, developing cooperation between companies, and encouraging open-ended innovation activity. The objective of the project is to produce operational models that enrich the economic structure, networks that stretch traditional boundaries, and unprecedented concepts that take advantage of new and diverse combinations.
Luovimo – business models for creative concepts (Finpro)
Luovimo promotes the internationalisation of Finnish creative industry companies. The programme aims to develop companies' capacity for internationalisation, to support multidisciplinary cooperation and networking as well as to generate concrete, quantifiable benefits for companies through a global network of experts. The twenty programme participants include companies in the fields of design, film and television, music, performing arts, games, and content production. Luovimo is financed by the Ministry of Economy and Employment and the Ministry of Education and Culture.