Foodtech in Helsinki

Explore Helsinki's latest foodtech innovations: sustainable solutions, smart packaging, and cutting-edge R&D shaping the future of food

elicacy from restaurant Grön - Leek & pike "Roast", herbs from the Grön farm, grilled butter, mussel broth and parsley oil. Presented by Badass Food Stories in their piece, Farm-to-fork at Michelin-star restaurant Grön in Helsinki.
elicacy from restaurant Grön - Leek & pike "Roast", herbs from the Grön farm, grilled butter, mussel broth and parsley oil. Presented by Badass Food Stories in their piece, Farm-to-fork at Michelin-star restaurant Grön in Helsinki.

Foodtech in Helsinki

Industry overview

Finland, known for its unique culinary heritage, mixes tradition with a deep connection to the natural world. Situated at the crossroads of East and West, its food culture is shaped by the diversity of its seasons, offering a sustainable and captivating experience.

Finland’s capital, Helsinki, is a hot spot for foodtech innovation, blending technology with food to tackle big challenges. With its focus on circularity, Helsinki offers a perfect setting for startups to grow. Here, technology meets food to create smarter, more sustainable ways to produce, distribute, and consume food.

From vertical farms to plant-based products, Helsinki’s foodtech scene is diverse and thriving, backed by strong government support for research and development. The city’s commitment to clean, efficient, and sustainable food solutions positions it as a leader in the global foodtech revolution. This is the place where ideas become reality, supported by an ecosystem that values innovation, sustainability, and the future of food.

Helsinki Foodtech facts

+100

Foodtech startups in Finland with the majority located in Helsinki.

40%

The estimated growth rate of the Finnish foodtech ecosystem by 2025.

100

Investors in Finland investing in foodtech, 37 of whom are VCs.

Why Helsinki for foodtech

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Ground-breaking research

As Finland’s food tech hub, the Helsinki region is home to top research bodies like the University of Helsinki and VTT Technical Research Centre. Our city’s dynamic ecosystem, driven by R&D, tackles worldwide nutritional and environmental challenges. Positioned strategically, Helsinki’s strong startup network provides fertile ground for food tech innovation. Emphasizing sustainability, climate impact, and wellness, we’re leading Nordic food tech towards setting global industry benchmarks.

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Strong foodtech startup ecosystem

Helsinki’s ecosystem stands out among foodtech startups in Europe, supported by extensive networks of innovators and investors. With access to cutting-edge research, funding opportunities, and collaborative spaces, startups in Helsinki are at the forefront of food innovation. This environment not only nurtures new ideas but also accelerates the path from concept to market, cementing Helsinki’s position as a Nordic leader in foodtech advancements.

elicacy from restaurant Grön - Leek & pike "Roast", herbs from the Grön farm, grilled butter, mussel broth and parsley oil. Presented by Badass Food Stories in their piece, Farm-to-fork at Michelin-star restaurant Grön in Helsinki.

Strategic location

Helsinki’s strategic location offers seamless access to Eastern and Western markets, setting a solid foundation for foodtech startups aiming for global reach. Enhanced by the unique advantage of four distinct seasons, the city becomes a dynamic testbed for food production and sustainability innovations year-round. This geographical and climatic diversity allows for the development and testing of adaptable food technology solutions, solidifying Helsinki as a leader in the foodtech sector.

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Highest food safety standards in the world

Finland sets the global benchmark for food safety, leading the world with the highest food safety standards. Highlighting Finland’s unparalleled commitment to food quality, availability, affordability, and safety. This recognition reflects Finland’s effective management of natural resources and resilience, making Helsinki an exceptional location for foodtech companies that prioritize safety and quality in their innovations.

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Strong public-private partnerships

Helsinki excels in public-private partnerships, enhancing its foodtech landscape. These collaborations combine government support and private sector innovation, fostering rapid development and sustainability in food technology. This effective model promotes scalable solutions and positions Helsinki as a global leader in foodtech collaboration.

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Access to talent

Helsinki’s foodtech sector is deeply committed to sustainability, aiming to reduce environmental impact through innovation. This dedication involves leveraging technology for eco-friendly food production, waste reduction, and promoting circular economy principles. By prioritizing sustainability, Helsinki not only addresses global environmental challenges but also sets new standards for responsible foodtech development.

Helsinki is redefining the foodtech landscape with groundbreaking trends like sustainable cell-based agriculture and innovative smart packaging. These pioneering developments are setting the stage for a future where food production is safe, sustainable, and aligned with the city’s vision for technological advancement.

Articles

Foodtech stories from Helsinki

Foodtech innovation ecosystem in Helsinki

Research organisations

Viikki Food Design Factory
urbanfarmlab
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Startups

nordic umami company
Plantui
Onego bio
Solar Foods
Entis

Corporations

Valio

Contact info

If you’re an innovative high-tech fast-growing foodtech company interested in expanding to Helsinki, our Senior Advisor Maria Melnikova can help you find the information you need to make the right decision for your business.

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Maria Andros

Senior Advisor, Growth and Investments

Green Transition & Canada

maria.melnikova(at)helsinkipartners.com

+358 50 523 7417

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