Senior Specialist, Incubation and acceleration (Fixed-term)

Are you looking for a new opportunity in the field of food system incubation and acceleration in an organization that strongly supports professional growth? Would you like to use your expertise to drive a sustainable future while working in an inspiring international community at the cutting edge of science and technology? VTT might be just the place for you. 

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe. What unites us at VTT are curiosity, a passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2000 brilliant minds is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World.

We are now looking for Senior Specialist, incubation and acceleration to join our Incubation and Acceleration team.

As a Senior Specialist, incubation and acceleration your key goals will be the design and implementation of the Nordic FAN acceleration program, and its project management. On the Nordic FAN program, you will collaborate with the Activity leader, who is responsible for coordinating the project on the upper level as the master contact to EIT and the curriculum design towards the EIT FAN partners.

About the Nordic Food Accelerator Network (FAN):

Taking the lead on the initiative, VTT has joined in a consortium together with University of Helsinki to run the Nordic Food Accelerator Network (FAN). The Nordic FAN is part of the EIT FAN, which is a multi-location accelerator program delivered across Europe, to support high impact agri-food startups to maximize their success. In practice, over a 4-month acceleration period, the selected startups will have access to a buffet of tools, connections, mentors and expertise to them to succeed. The Nordic Food Accelerator Network will focus on accelerating existing, European Agro-Food startups to the next level.

You will work as part of our Incubation and Acceleration team, which delivers the internal spin-off incubation activities and the external accelerator program. The internal incubator program, VTT LaunchPad funds and steers internal VTT venture teams to spin-off their deep tech as fundable startups based on VTT owned IPR.

As Senior Specialist, Incubation and acceleration you will:

In practice, you will design the acceleration program and in collaboration with our consortium partners. As part of the targets described above, your responsibilities include:

  • Identification and recruitment of mentors (with specialty knowledge such as Agronomists, food technologists, nutritionists, marketers, business developers, etc.) and contracting expertise (in IP, tax, IT, product development, quality, food regulatory, food safety, packaging, advertising, technology and commercial assessment, etc.)
  • Facilitate corporate startup pilot collaboration
  • Project planning and coordination among partners, travel etc., and day to day help for participants
  • Promotion of the program (social media, websites, etc)
  • Run the program infrastructure
  • Curriculum implementation and planning
  • You will also be responsible for the financial management tasks of the project.

Who we are looking for:

  • Good understanding of the Agro-Food industries
  • Acceleration/incubation/startup experience
  • Proven track record of assisting others at achieving greatness
  • Ability do some to travel for your work
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

As a person, we hope you are: 

  • a proactive and independent self-starter with a can-do, problem solving attitude befitting the startup environment
  • comfortable with networking and creating new contacts for the benefit of the program
  • firm, while collaborative
  • creative, while systematic
  • flexible and able to tolerate incompleteness

With VTT, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Work with a strong purpose. At VTT, you’ll get to use your professional expertise to help solve the greatest challenges of our time through science and innovation. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating solving systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and creating superior digital systems. At VTT, you’ll get to do your part in driving this meaningful change through your own professional skills. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.  
  • An inspiring community. VTT houses all the cutting-edge fields of innovation from quantum technology to synthetic biology under one roof. As a professional at VTT, you’ll get to witness and influence the future of science and technology as it happens. 
  • Career and learning opportunities. As a scientific expert organisation, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and development, and support our people in reaching their full potential. People tend to stay at VTT for more than 10 years, as we offer opportunities to develop and grow into new responsibilities. If you’re curious, ambitious and willing to learn, VTT is the place to take your career to the next level.
  • Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture great team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work–life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation programmes and trainings on cognitive ergonomics.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!  

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 28th November 2021. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.  


Interested and want to hear more? 

For further information, please contact

Lotta Partanen, Manager Incubation and Acceleration, +358504802706,, best available for questions, 2.11 at 15-16.00, 4.11 at 8-9.30, 5.11 at 12.30-14.00, 11.11 at 11-13.00.


Mirva Lampinen, Co-Creation Manager, +3584067749233,, best available for questions 8- 9.11 at 15.00-17.00 10.11 at 9-10.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Location: Espoo


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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (planned one year + option for +2 years, if funding continues after 2022)


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have over 75 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT´s turnover and other operating income is 258 M€. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

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