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INNOFOOD - Innovating Food Value Chain Innovations: Novel Management Perspectives on New Product Development - From Simulation to Reality

EIT Food
Belgium, Leuven
INNOFOOD Consortium Finland, Helsinki
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This one-week intensive master-level course, delivered at the University of Helsinki and meant for a maximum of 35 participants, provides novel perspectives and tools for successfully managing new product development in food systems.

Focusing both on the individual manager and on managers in product development teams, it guides participants to avoid costly mistakes, blind alleys and the loss of employee motivation that often impedes innovation performance. The course guides participants to describe and critically analyze key managerial and decision processes involved when a team tries to develop a new food product, both in a start-up context, as well as in the case of an established company.

The course is delivered by leading experts in their field (Prof. Avraham Shtub, Stephen and Sharon Seiden Professor of Project Management, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology & Prof. Bodo Steiner, Professor of Food Economics & Business Management, University of Helsinki), and innovates by combining multiple teaching formats (simulator, case studies, prize competition), in particular by integrating insights from a project management simulator for new food product development (NFPD) with first-hand industry expertise (industry guest speakers from Strauss Group, Nestlé, and Finnish food companies, are involved in delivering course contents and participate as judges in the prize competition).

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the programme. All programme details and logistics will be provided to applicants offered a place on the programme.

A bursary of €85 is also available for the participants.

In case it will not be possible to have a physical training in Helsinki, due to COVID-19, the training will be moved online.

If you have any questions, you can send an email to

Programme structure

Each participant will:
1. develop a project plan & simulate its execution for a real project of his-/ her company.
2. be able to select the right product based on value (voice of the customer), cost, me-to-market & risks.
3. be able to develop a feasible plan for the NFPD.
4. be able to execute the plan in an uncertain dynamic environment using the right tools and techniques.
5. be able to present her project plan and simulation exercise to a prize competition audience (internal peers + expert panel).

Career opportunities

To boost the employability of young professionals and students involved in innovation-focused projects in food-value chains. Participants will get tools which they can subsequently implement in their work environment, adapting them for their specific needs.

Apply now! INNOFOOD 2020
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 7, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! INNOFOOD 2020
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Sep 7, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States