Finland's high-tech profile is reinforced in NATO – A business accelerator to be established in Otaniemi

VTT will establish NATO’s business accelerator in collaboration with Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in Otaniemi, Espoo.
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Photo: Aalto-university/Anni Kääriä

The Board of Directors NATO's DIANA initiative has approved Finland's proposal to establish a business accelerator and two testing centres in Finland. The Ministry of Defence submitted Finland's proposal to DIANA's Board of Directors in July 2023.

The Ministry of Defence acts as the national authority responsible for the project and the Technical Research Centre VTT has coordinated the preparation in co-operation with the ministry.

VTT will establish NATO’s business accelerator in collaboration with Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in Otaniemi, Espoo. Joining the DIANA network strengthens Aalto's accelerator activities in dual-use areas of research.

The accelerator focuses on future communication systems and quantum technology. It provides businesses with training on business development in the defence sector. The accelerator's services are designed especially for startup companies and small and medium-sized enterprises, which have little experience in defence and security sectors.

The technology testing centres will be established in connection with the University of Oulu and VTT's Otaniemi site. The Otaniemi testing centre will focus on testing cyber-secure communication as well as quantum and space technologies. The testing centre coordinated by the University of Oulu will offer companies the opportunity to test 6G network technologies. For example, at the testing centres, it will be possible to evaluate the concepts and technologies developed by companies and provide support for their development.

  • Introducting DIANA

  • DIANA was created by NATO to help develop dual-use technologies that address challenges affecting security and defence. DIANA supports companies working on solutions in key sectors identified by the Alliance.
  • To respond to a changing world, NATO is identifying, developing and deploying appropriate dual-use emerging and disruptive technologies.
  • DIANA is NATO’s innovation accelerator – a shared endeavour bringing together innovators from across the Alliance to help NATO maintain its technological edge, defend its one billion citizens, and preserve peace and security.
  • DIANA supports companies with training, funding, commercial advice, and access to defence expertise and investors. Companies in the programme are developing dual-use solutions to vital defence and resilience challenges.
  • DIANA’s network expands from 11 to 23 accelerator sites and from 90 to 182 test centres in 28 Allied countries.

Read more
DIANA's announcement 
The Ministry of Defence's press release
DIANA accelerators and test centres around the world  
DIANA iniative webpages 

VTT's press release
University of Oulu's news 
University of Helsinki's news

More information
Janne Laine, Vice President for Innovations
[email protected], +358 50 465 6835

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Noora Stapleton, Senior Communications Specialist
[email protected], +358 50 353 1525

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