Incubator and entrepreneurship services
The University has thematic pre-incubator and incubator programmes on each campus. Viikki offers programmes for researchers and students related to the food system, circular economy and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Incubator programmes

Each campus has its own thematic incubators. Viikki houses pre-incubators and incubators focused on a sustainable food system, the bioeconomy and the circular economy.


The Pre-Germinator comprises two courses and is designed for students of the University of Helsinki to help create and promote innovation related to the food system.


The Germinator is a pre-incubator for innovation at Viikki Food Design Factory, which provides facilities and equipment for experimentation, hands-on assistance and expert support for ideas enabling the transition to a more sustainable food system, as well as networks for the early stages of innovation. The Germinator is the right place to, for example, researchers who wish to commercialise their results and to startups taking their first steps.

Call for the next season of Germinator programme is closed.

Circulator 2.0

Circulator 2.0 is a pre-incubator for developing and putting circular economy solutions into practice.


The Biosphere incubator focuses on the bioeconomy and circular economy. The application period for the incubator is from 11 November 2022 to 15 January 2023, and the incubator will run from 26 January to 21 June 2023. The selected teams will receive individual guidance and material support for putting their solutions into practice.

Entrepreneurship services

Helsinki Think Company in Viikki provides entrepreneur services on campus. Think Company offers work spaces, guidance, workshops and programmes for developing ideas. Students can also seek funding for their business ideas through the HELSEED programme.