VTT Summer of Changemakers: Business Development Trainee (EIT-FAN Accelerator Program)

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. Apply now for VTT Summer of Changemakers 2023 traineeships. Together, we can turn these challenges into a hopeful future.

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us 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 2100 brilliant minds from 50 different nationalities is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. In recent years, we have created ground-breaking innovations such as eggs without chickens and a headphone set entirely made of microbial materials. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be our next business development trainee in our food team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer! 

As a business development trainee, your key goal is helping to run the EIT FAN Helsinki Hub. In this position, you will have an essential role in helping to run the daily task of execution of the accelerator program. The Helsinki HUB is part of the EIT FAN, which is a multi-location accelerator program delivered across Europe, to support high-impact agrifood startups to maximize their success. In practice, over a 2-month acceleration period, the selected startups will have access to a buffet of tools, connections, mentors, and expertise to help them succeed. The Helsinki HUB Food Accelerator Network will focus on accelerating existing, European Agro-Food startups to the next level.

Our business development team works on sustainable products and materials. We work in tight collaboration with the research teams in the food area. In this position, you will mainly focus on EIT FAN program execution.  

What would your responsibilities as a business development trainee include?

  • You will use your organizing skills to keep everybody updated and in the right place at right time during the FAN startup program 
  • You will participate in the FAN startup program's daily work, workshops lectures, etc.
  • Updating social media together with our communication agency 
  • Documentation handling 
  • You will be part of a team organizing an international conference on CellAg and startup demo day kept on June 14th and 15th 
  • Other related work 

Who we are looking for?

  • You have some understanding of the Agro-Food industries and R&D
  • You have willingness to assist others in achieving greatness 
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English 
  • Acceleration/incubation/startup experience is a plus but not necessary 
  • You are familiar with the Teams platform 

As a person, we hope that you are:

  • A curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges
  • A team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive a positive impact in the world
  • Capable to work in a fast changing environment and keeping up with multiple tasks 
  • Flexible and able to tolerate incompleteness

We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are also a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive positive impact in the world.

What would we offer you?

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organisation, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, your skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2100 experts representing more than 50 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. With us, you get to take on meaningful projects and create innovative scientific and technical solutions. We treat all employees as equals and give you real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.

What is like to work with us solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check from the video what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella had from their summer traineeships and what kind of change did they drive.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application with your transcript of records via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 5 February 2023. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date and length of the traineeship can be discussed. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Please read more of VTT Summer of Changemakers from here: https://www.vttresearch.com/en/summer-changemakers

Interested and want to hear more?

For further information, please contact Mirva Lampinen, mirva.lampinen@vtt.fi, +3586749233 on 11.1.2023 between 13:00-15:00 or 25.1.2023 between 9:00-11.00. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (Summer traineeship), hydrid work


VTT is one of Europe's leading research organisations, a visionary innovation partner for businesses and society. We bring hope to the world by turning the greatest challenges of our time into sustainable growth with cutting-edge science and technology. We employ a community of over 2100 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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