It is not always necessary to build a business from the beginning by yourself – an excellent alternative to become an entrepreneur is also through change of ownership such as business acquisition. Purchasing a business makes it possible to maintain the company’s prior achievements.

Changes of ownership include acquisitions, generational changes, and other ownership arrangements of the company.

As more and more entrepreneurs will retire in the future, we believe that a change of ownership is the way we can keep people employed and benefit from the well-executed groundwork that has already been done in companies. 

Could a change of ownership be a solution for you? Check out our information package on this page!

The information content has been produced in co-operation with Yrityspörssi Oy.

*By buying a viable business, you will avoid the "valley of death".


*Acquisition is a shortcut to entrepreneurship.

*The acquisition will pay for itself in as little as a few years.   *You get a ready-made customer base and operating concept.
*You get to develop a ready-made company.   *83% of changes of ownerships are successful or very successful.
*You can get into business faster than you would with a startup.   *The continuation of an existing business is more risk-free than setting up a new one.


The value of a company depends on the company itself, the world around it and the buyer, as well as a myriad of factors related to all of the above.

Only rarely does the buyer of the business pay the full purchase amount from her/his own money. In almost every case, the bank and/or Finnvera are involved in financing the transaction.


Sale of shares or business?
Roughly speaking, there are two ways to sell and buy a limited liability company. Either through a sale of shares or a sale of business. There are many crucial differences in these ways in terms of the outcome because it will affect matters such as your taxation and other practicalities.


Taxes are paid by the person whose property is sold, i.e. who receives the money.

Where to find the successor to the company?

You can search for buyers in your own close circle or with the help of an expert more broadly.


Where to find a company to buy?

For those considering buying a business, there are several business sales services and business intermediaries on the Internet.


Help with change of ownership

There is plenty of help available. In many cases, the entrepreneur does great on his own, but in an acquisition, refusing expert help is a real risk-taking.»Regional organization specific advice on change of ownership


Acquisition checklist

Don't forget these!



“To be a good entrepreneur in Finland you need ambition, passion and perseverance”


“Managing a franchise business is very easy because one finds almost everything ready”



“My first recommendation for a company transfer is to find a business broker, never try to do it yourself”


“Acquiring an existing business makes it easier to obtain a residence permit”


A webinar on what everyone should know about the value and sales condition of their business. The webinar is hosted by Petri Roininen, CEO of Investors House Oyj and Chairman of the Growth Entrepreneurs' Network (2020-2021).

The video is in Finnish but you can add English subtitles through the icon on the down right corner of the video.

Finnvera provides financing for the start, restart, growth and internationalisation of enterprises and guarantees against risks arising from exports.  Finnvera is a specialised financing company owned by the State of Finland and it is the official Export Credit Agency (ECA) of Finland.

When buying a business - you should also know about YEL. Here is a brief introduction to YEL Insurance by Elo.

You'll get help from your regional experts and mentors:

Regional experts 

Etelä-Karjalan Yrittäjät

Project manager 
Tarmo Soronen
tel. 0400 187 864

Etelä-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät

Aila Hemminki
tel. 050 593 9739

Etelä-Savon Yrittäjät

Business advisor 
Mari Meriläinen
tel. 040 547 9716

Business advisor 
Ritva Tissari-Ylönen
tel. 044 588 2215

Business advisor 
Katja Remes
tel. 044 417 4960

Helsingin Yrittäjät

Project manager
Arto Kämppi
040 354 7492

Hämeen Yrittäjät

Service manager
Pauliina Hirviniemi
050 566 4563

Kainuun Yrittäjät

Project manager
Kari Sirviö
tel. 044 728 7101

Keski-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät

Project manager
Matti Koivisto
tel. 050 321 1749

Keski-Suomen Yrittäjät

Sanna-Mari Jyräkoski
tel. 050 563 7780

Kymen Yrittäjät

Business development manager
Pirjo Kuusela
tel. 040 190 2517

Liaison manager
Leena Gardemeister
tel. 020 615 8191

Lapin Yrittäjät

Marko Merkkiniemi
tel. 050 5511075​​​​​

Regional experts

Pirkanmaan Yrittäjät

Pasi Mäkinen
servicenumber 03 251 6513 (ark. klo 9–16)

Pohjois-Karjalan Yrittäjät

Project manager
Jan Kontiainen
tel. 045 7873 829

Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät

Development manager 
Paula Pihlajamaa
tel. 050 4399 808

Päijät-Hämeen Yrittäjät

Business development manager
Pasi Kangas
tel. 040 727 2702

Pääkaupunkiseudun Yrittäjät

Project manager
Arto Kämppi
tel. 040 354 7492

Rannikko-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät — Kust-Österbottens Företagare rf

Business services director
Kjell Nydahl
tel. 050 368 2686

Satakunnan Yrittäjät

Change of ownership project coordinator
Pia Österlund
tel. 050 410 0957

Savon Yrittäjät

Paula Aikio-Tallgren
tel. 0400 404 346

Uudenmaan Yrittäjät — Nylands Företagare

Project manager
Arto Kämppi
tel. 040 354 7492

Varsinais-Suomen Yrittäjät

Head of business affairs 
Jutta Wirén
tel. 040 776 3640

Mentors who can help in English 

As a member of Suomen Yrittäjät you'll be able to get your own mentor who will guide you through your change of ownership process 
(get your own mentor by logging into and sending a private message)

Esa Kinnunen 

Mikko Kurujoki

Markku Sihvonen

Rita Valve

Kari Varis