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Join us in developing innovations and the operation of Viikki Food Design Factory! This website provides information about our activities, events, programmes, and projects. We welcome everyone involved in food systems to our network!

What's happening now?

Viikki Food Design Factory does things with a so called bottom-up experimental approach and together with researchers, students, companies and other actors in the field, combining different competences and networks.

We’re currently preparing experiment and co-creation facilities for practical food innovation on the Viikki Campus in the EE building, located at Agnes Sjöberginkatu 2. Our aim is to open the new facilities at the beginning of 2022.

In addition, we’ll develop our first training programme pilot project and are coaching our first innovation teams in the Germinator programme, which was launched in October 2021.

Come and see the first four Germinator teams picth at the Y Science, the official Slush side event on the 1st of December 2021.

Who's doing this now?

Viikki Food Design Factory is led by Laura Forsman and Reetta Kivelä. They’re accompanied by a growing number of professors, researchers, experts and students from the Viikki Campus. The protector and initiator of the entire innovation activity of Viikki is Dean Ritva Toivonen. Our team grows as we get moving.

Viikki Food Design Factory is a new member of the Design Factory Global network

 

How can you get involved?

The aim of Viikki Food Design Factory is to create an enthusiastic, multiskilled community that promotes innovation. At the same time, Viikki Food Design Factory ensures the quality of future food innovations by bringing innovation skills into the teaching of the food sector and by collaborating with experts from other sectors and networks in the food sector.

The task area of Viikki Food Design Factory covers teaching, the start-up pre-incubator Germinator, joint development of new research projects and low-threshold business cooperation.

Read more about the areas below:

Viikki Food Design Factory complements the current course curriculum and inspires students into food system innovation thinking and practices as part of education. In the future, the course selection focusing on food innovation will include both existing and new courses. By completing them, students will be able to innovate in food and food systems.

Courses: 

The Germinator is Viikki Food Design Factory’s pre-incubator programme for food system transforming innovations. It offers testing facilities and tools for the development of inventions towards minimum viable products, expert support from food business professionals (coaches-in-residence), as well as food sector networks in the early stages of innovation development.

Read more about the on-going Germinator programme

Compact company solutions help to solve individual innovation challenges in companies when the development project requires precise scientific support. In Cutting Services, assistance is provided in the form of a project team consisting of experts, students and researchers in the field.

This collaboration focuses on the creation and conceptualisation of new multidisciplinary research, development and innovation (R&D&I) project concepts. We address topical issues of food systems, bring together suitable researchers, companies and other actors, and manage co-creation processes that produce innovation or research project concepts. The theme may be based on company demands or, for example, on EU Horizon searches.

Target groups

Are you interested in developing the food system? Come and learn how to do it!

The Viikki Food Design Factory, together with the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry teachers, brings together a new kind of course entity, the "School of Food System Innovation". It provides students with training in the development and management of innovations in the food sector such as cultivating an innovator’s mindset and understanding the requirments to become a food start-up entrepreneur. The provision of the innovation education entity will be tailored from suitable courses offered by the University of Helsinki, complementing these with a few entirely new courses.

The first course (in Finnish) on the topic is held in the second period in the autumn of 2021 (in Finnish).

Contact us if you’re interested in early stage food system transforming business ideas and teams, and perhaps mentoring science-based teams!

Are you interested in submitting a challenge to Viikki Food Design Factory? Would you perhaps like to give your idea to our multidisciplinary student groups to develop?

Are you interested in developing the food system? Join us in refining new solutions as a sponsor-mentor for the innovation teams of the Germinator programme!

The Germinator is a pre-incubator programme for motivated innovators who want to start developing their food-related solution into a viable offering for the markets and towards new business activity. The Germinator offers training from food sector professionals, laboratory facilities for testing and producing test batches, and a pathway into food sector networks and partnerships. Contact us!

Thematic R&D&I projects for food system development

Are you launching a research, development and innovation (R&D&I) project or a project related to the food system? Looking for partners or need clarification for your concept?  Contact us!

The theme project of Viikki Food Design Factory focuses on creating new multidisciplinary research, development and innovation (R&D&I) project concepts. We address topical issues in the context of food system transformation, bring together suitable researchers, companies and other actors, and manage co-creation processes that produce innovation or research project concepts. The theme may be based on company demands or various funding applications.

The Germinator pre-incubator

Are you interested in changing the food system? Do you or your team already have an idea for a solution or a product / service concept? Apply to the Germinator pre-incubator programme!

The Germinator programme of Viikki Food Design Factory is aimed at motivated innovators who want to invest in refining their research results and developing their ideas into new solutions for exploitation and towards business activity. The Germinator offers coaching from food sector professionals, lab facilities for testing and experimenting, and a pathway into food sector networks and partnerships.

Read more about the 1st on-going Germinator programme

Thematic R&D&I projects for food system development

Are you putting together or looking for a R&D&I project or project related to the food system? Looking for partners or concept clarification? Contact us!

Viikki Food Design Factory facilitates the creation of new multidisciplinary R&D&I project concepts. We address topical issues in the context of food system transformation, find suitable researchers, companies and other actors, and lead co-creation processes that produce innovation or project concepts for e.g. EU Horizon or BF Co-creation or co-innovation applications.

The Germinator pre-incubator

Are you interested in changing the food system? Do you or your team already have an idea for a solution or a product / service concept? Apply to the Germinator pre-incubator programme!

The Germinator programme of Viikki Food Design Factory is aimed at motivated innovators who want to invest in refining their research results and developing their ideas into new solutions for exploitation and towards business activity. The Germinator offers coaching from food sector professionals, lab facilities for testing and experimenting, and a pathway into food sector networks and partnerships.

Thematic R&D&I projects for food system development

Are you putting together or looking for a R&D&I project or project related to the food system? Looking for partners or concept clarification? Contact us!

Viikki Food Design Factory facilitates the creation of new multidisciplinary R&D&I project concepts. We address topical issues in the context of food system transformation, find suitable researchers, companies and other actors, and lead co-creation processes that produce innovation or project concepts for e.g. EU Horizon or BF Co-creation or co-innovation applications.