Finnvera is a specialised financing company owned by the State of Finland which provides financing and direct investments that enable the start, growth and internationalization of newly established and existing small and medium-sized enterprises. The loan provided by Finnvera can be used to finance domestic construction, machinery and equipment investments, energy and environment projects, working capital needs, and various ownership arrangements. The firm seeks to support Finnish businesses by offering loans, venture capital funding, domestic guarantees and export credit guarantees and other services associated with the financing of exports. Finnvera also provides export credit guarantees and financing for export credits. Finnvera prefers to invest in early stage technology companies as well as innovative service companies with the ability to grow internationally. The firm was founded in 2005 and is based in Helsinki, Finland.