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Entoprot protein products derived from insects one of 10 startups in VTT accelerator program

VTT created the Helsinki-based FAN Nordic Hub with Valio and Helsinki University. It is one of six accelerators in the European EIT Food Accelerator Network (FAN), to promote a sustainable food system.  

Sustainable trends

Participants for this year’s accelerator programs were selected by an international panel of impartial experts, and each accelerator will launch its program in June.

Ten teams were selected to FAN Nordic Hub, six of which come from Finland and four from Sweden. The Helsinki-based accelerator received altogether 81 applications, and 54 applicants considered it their first option. 

We were impressed by the high level of ideas and skills of the applicants, and we look forward to working with the selected teams,​” said says Paolo Borella, program manager, FAN Nordic Hub.

There is a good mix of different types of business ideas, which all correspond extremely well to the most interesting and sustainable trends in the food industry.​  

Half of the startups work with alternative protein sources, each one of them from their own angle. The rest tackle challenges in farming, product development, retail and storage​,”  

Each startup team will be assigned their own mentor who will support the team all through the program. Besides mentoring, teams will be offered lectures and workshops in topics ranging from product development and service design to sales, marketing and fundraising.  

Nestlé, PepsiCo.

The University of Helsinki and Valio are participating in FAN Nordic Hub as VTT’s partners. The whole network has more than 40 partners including Nestlé and PepsiCo. 

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