Kasvu Open, one of the good practices of CREADIS3 partner Central Finland, has been granted with two significant prizes in November 2018. The President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, granted the Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic to Kasvu Open on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The recognition is granted each year to Finnish companies that have gained international success, and to the organisations behind them.

Kasvu Open was succesful also on European level, winning its own category, Supporting the Internationalisation of Business, in European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) 2018.

Kasvu Open is Finland’s largest company-oriented business coaching programme offering free of charge sparring to any SME willing to grow. originally developed by Central Finland Chamber of Commerce together with University of Jyväskylä. Today, Kasvu Open is run by Kasvu Open Ltd, Chamber of Commerce being of the partners. Kasvu Open’s origin lies in discontent with public business development services which are often too generic to meet individual companies’ development needs.

Kasvu Open offers free of charge business coaching to all companies willing to grow despite their line of business, size or age. Business coaches are professionals from different sectors and they work pro bono. Every eager-to-grow company joining Kasvu Open growth programme has an opportunity to present their own ideas, test them, receive feedback, polish their plans and try to solve problems together with the business experts. Every participating company gets at least 45 minutes free sparring, and the most potential companies for growth are selected to continue on suitable growth path and the best ones finally to Kasvu Open finals. Companies find out about the programme through existing networks or different social media channels. Business experts join in through existing networks. Main stakeholders and beneficiaries are Finnish SMEs. In the long run, the practice benefits the whole company development field by changing it to more company-oriented. Also several CCI companies have already participated in Kasvu Open process.

More information on: https://www.kasvuopen.fi/