Nordic Catalyst is a management consulting and IP exploitation business founded and managed by Saara Inkinen.


SAARA INKINEN, D.Sc. (Tech.), M.Sc. (Tech.)

Founder of Nordic Catalyst


I am passionate about bringing new scientific innovations to the market, and it is my mission to facilitate the transfer of science to business. What ultimately motivates me is the positive environmental and societal impact that new technologies can help us achieve.

I have in total over 15 years of experience in R&D, technology transfer and innovation management. In the past I have worked in both companies and research organisations in various technology transfer, R&D and funding related positions. In 2018, I founded my own consulting business Nordic Catalyst in Vienna, Austria. I currently support companies and research institutes with their commercialization and R&D projects, IP exploitation (sales or licensing of patents or trademarks) and training related to value creation, innovations and pitching.

I have a M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Economics and a D.Sc. degree in Technical Polymer Chemistry - scientifically, I am specialized in biopolymers (e.g. PLA) and have several international publications on the topic. I have also conducted business studies in the US and Finland.

I have worked and studied in Finland, the UK, the US and Austria, and in addition to my mother tongue Finnish, I speak English and Swedish at a professional level and German at a discussion level. I have broad international contact and collaboration networks that can be utilised to provide the best possible outcome for my clients' projects.

I have well established collaboration and contact networks internationally, especially in Scandinavia and Austria. In 2012, I founded the Finnovation Champions technology transfer network in Finland. I am also an active member of the Impact Hub Vienna community, and since the beginning of 2019, I am also a board member at FINNCHAM Austria.

For more details on my education and professional experience, please see my LinkedIn profile.


Nordic Catalyst is a proud member of the Impact Hub Vienna Community


Nordic Catalyst is a member of the
Smart Chemistry Park network
(Turku Business Region, Finland)