The 2018 Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation’s grants were awarded to Finnish design and craft industry professionals for starting or developing a business. The recipients of the grants were announced on 10.12.2018. The total number of grant applicants was 41, of which three were nominated by the working group and the board of the Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation as grant recipients: Tytti Porvari, Linda Ukkonen and Liina Blom.
Designer, Creative Director
A grant of 15,000 € for business development, in particular RAUHA product development and commercialization.
The Kuopio Design Academy Foundation's grant will enable the RAUHA project to accelerate product development and product launches. We want to develop interior design products that can easily be varied according to the aesthetics of each space, but also bring real added value, safety. Our products will bring relief to the everyday lives of people, both the elderly and their families.
The grant really means a lot to us: we can continue the whole project, especially our product development and user research on schedule. The grant we received also confirms the sense that others understand and appreciate our goals. This is important because we are also looking for other funding for the project. However, the most important thing is that we are a step closer to finished products, and we can contribute to creating a safer and more aesthetic environment for people.”
– Liina Blom
A grant of 4,000 € for the development of a start-up design company, for the development of prototypes and for ordering packaging and imaging materials.
“The grant of the Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation is a huge honour for me and positive news. It is great that young people entering the field are also supported. I believe that with the help of the grant, I will be able to bring something new to the design industry with the help of algorithm-assisted 3D modeling and digital manufacturing methods. I want to be able to give something back to designers in the future."
– Linda Ukkonen
A grant of 1,000 € for marketing an exhibition.
“Receiving a grant gives you confidence in your own work and allows you to carry out the exhibition as planned. The grant also helps to further develop my own collection.”
– Tytti Porvari