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Business Developers for Future Deep-Tech Startups

Aalto University is where science and art meet technology and business. We shape a sustainable future by making research breakthroughs in and across our disciplines, sparking the game changers of tomorrow and creating novel solutions to major global challenges. Our community is made up of more than 12,000 students, 400 professors and over 4,000 other faculty and staff working on our dynamic campus in Espoo, Greater Helsinki, Finland. Diversity is part of who we are, and we actively work to ensure our community’s diversity and inclusiveness. This is why we warmly encourage qualified candidates from all backgrounds to join our community.
Would you like to grow a deep tech startup? Are you excited about creating an international business from research?
Aalto University is constantly looking for


to join a team of research experts as a commercial champion for our R2B (Research to Business) projects. These projects are co-funded by Business Finland and their main goal is the preparation of commercialization. The R2B projects typically last for 1-2 years and get 500 000+ € funding.
We are actively looking for Business Developers to join our R2B projects for all our schools and in their departments:

  • School of Chemical Technology
  • School of Electrical Engineering
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Science
  • School of Arts, Design and Architecture,
  • School of Business

So far we have grown more than 40 deep-tech startups and spin-offs from Aalto R2B projects with total investments exceeding 350M€.

What you’ll do
You’ll actively identify partners for the project and negotiate with them. You also prepare commercialization paths to meet the potential clients’ demands. An important task is to make a go-to market plan for the services and products of the project and map out different commercialization options e.g. start-up establishment.
What we offer
We offer a meaningful job where you can create a business from research in an international environment. You’ll get the support of the research team, mentors, Aalto innovation Services, Aalto Startup Center and the active Aalto community. After the project, there is a possibility that you could become part of the new deep tech startup as a CEO or Business Director.
You will be employed by Aalto University for the duration of the project. The cases are usually applying for the funding and the employment is subject to a positive funding decision of Business Finland. The projects typically last 1–2 years. The position can be either full-time or part-time depending on your skills and role.
Who are we looking for?  
We are looking for a business minded person with entrepreneurial mindset. You don’t need to be an expert of the specific technology but share the genuine interest to build a commercial business of a superb deep tech startup. We have the technology experts, you bring the business drive.
What we value?

  • Fluency in English   
  • Experience in business development, commercialization, entrepreneurship and startups
  • Ability to work with people from different backgrounds
  • Excellent teamwork, negotiation and communications skills

Working in Aalto

All our work in Aalto is guided by the values of the university: responsibility, courage, and collaboration. It’s the people that create Aalto, now and in the future. We want to be an open community where equality and inclusion enable curiosity, innovation, collaboration and wellbeing. We offer you a meaningful and inspiring environment. We are proud of our purpose to shape a sustainable future. We spark the game changers of tomorrow, and renew society with research-based knowledge, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Otaniemi campus is a thriving and connected community of 100 nationalities, over 12,000 students and more than 4,000 employees. Life at the transformed campus is vibrant and filled with amazing architecture, calming nature, and a variety of cafes, restaurants, services and good connections along the recently opened metro line.

Sounds good, right?
If you are interested in our future cases and would like to be on the frontline on hearing the news, send us your CV and motivation letter with a salary request through our recruitment system. We are interested in hearing on how and why you are the person to grow amazing deep tech startup from Aalto.
Note that we are not looking for consultancy type of arrangements, but rather a team members who will be employed by Aalto, and would be interested also in participating in a potential future deep-tech startup.
Want to know more?
For more information, please contact: Commercialization Portfolio Manager, Kim Aalto, [email protected]  

More information about Business Finland Research to Business funding.
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