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Join the EIT Food Accelerator Network Helsinki Hub to partner with world-leading corporates & research institutions in the agrifood space! FAN-tastic Finland is one of the most innovative countries in the world! EIT Food, Europe’s leading business springboard for agrifood startups, operates the Food Accelerator Network programme  Hub in Helsinki, Finland, providing access to experienced academics and market-leading businesses to share a wealth of expertise. Immerse yourselves in our innovative culture, with access to all the knowledge you need to optimise your business. The Helsinki Hub focuses on the Nordic and Baltic countries but is open to startups from any relevant country. 

EIT FAN Helsinki Hub Demo Day
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“The EIT FAN is a great way to accelerate the growth of startups with the support of experts and mentors. This year's topic is related to cellular agriculture and we offer an incredible opportunity for startups to pitch their ideas at the 1st International Cellular Agriculture conference where investors, academia, and companies are gathered.”  

Pinja Pöri, Research Scientist, VTT, EIT FAN Programme Manager  

“All the  startups who are joining EIT FAN Helsinki Hub can expect the warm welcome from our community of researchers, entrepreneurs, FAN alumni’s etc. We have found out that strength of our program is that we have amazing people around us. There is always that someone who´s expertise will help our teams ahead.”  

Mirva Lampinen, Co-creation Manager, VTT, EIT FAN Hub Leader Finland 

EIT FAN Helsinki HUB can offer a great variety of knowledge, labs, and testbeds. Hub is run by VTT  with the support of the University of Helsinki.

This year's topic is Scaling the Alternative Protein Revolution which includes:

  • cellular agriculture 
  • precision fermentation  
  • novel extrusion processes 
  • side stream valorisation exclusively via Cell Ag processes 
  • upgrading plant-based raw materials with fractionation technologies 
  • mycelium and algae 


VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions. We are owned by the Finnish state. We advance the utilisation and commercialisation of research and technology in commerce and society. Through scientific and technological means, we turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for businesses and society.

The University of Helsinki (UH), is the largest institution of academic education in Finland. It is an international and multidisciplinary scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. It is composed of 11 faculties, independent institutes, and several research centres and stations. The mission of the University of Helsinki is to produce research-based knowledge for the benefit of the whole world.


Future of food is in startups
Long awaited Demo Day finalized EIT FAN Helsinki Hub 2021 programme and gathered wide audience with lively discussion
Dropping The Dichotomy: How Mycorena Is Redefining Protein
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Mirva Lampinen
EIT FAN Helsinki Hub Lead
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Pinja Pöri
Programme Manager


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