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Governmental programme boosts open source business in Finland

In a bid to get more open source exposure inside the Finish establishment, Tekes (the Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation of the Finnish government) launched a national development programme for open source business. Programme is carried out by COSS, the Finnish Centre for Open Source Software.

Open Source Business Programme will be organised as part of the Verso technology programme, where open source has been defined as one of the focus areas. The kick-off seminar of the programme will be held in January 2007 in Helsinki.

Verso Open Source Business Programme is targeted at software providers and companies that are deploying - now or potentially - open source software in their products and services. The user organisations are expected to represent various key industries such as mechanical engineering, telecom and media.

The programme will be operated by COSS - the Finnish national centre for open source software - in partnership with Finpro, Technology Centre Hermia, Hermia Business Development and Roschier & Holmberg Attorneys. The consortium was chosen as a result of a public competitive bidding.

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