Nordic Insect Economy Ltd is Finland’s first entomology company. NIE is business oriented, and it is committed to raising insects ethically, with attention to environmental and social consequences.

NIE Ltd offers complete, ready-to-use insect farming solutions for starting off small-to-medium sized edible insect farms, as well as more specialized stand-alone products aimed towards more established actors in the broader insect industry. NIE has combined safety, quality, efficiency and ethical farming practices to offer the best products in the current market that is oriented towards small-to-medium sized insect farms. The company is also active in the field of insect dining.

NIE Ltd was established in October 2014 by Santtu Vekkeli. It did not take long for his insect business to draw interest, and the one man business quickly grew into a multi-skill team. Prototypes are currently being built and tested in Kouvola, a city located 120 km from the capital Helsinki. At the moment, NIE is rapidly growing and productizing its research in order to start sales in the near future.

  • Mission NIE Ltd is committed to offering the technological, economical and ethical platform on which the new edible insect farming industry will flourish.
  • Vision Profitable, ethical and sustainable insect food business is an asset for all partners and customers.
  • Values NIE Ltd is committed to safety and economical fairness between customers and the company partners.


Santtu VekkeliInnovator, Founder

Santtu is the entrepreneur-inventor of the company. His specialty is food security, food processing and broader insect economy. Most of the tools and machines related to the company are base invented and manufactured by him. His interest in food processing started during his studies at the University of Helsinki, where he obtained his Bachelor degree in Food Science. Since then he found his passion in explaining the insect food business and theory, he was featured in the Finnish main newspapers and TV multiple times. More information is published on his hyö blog, which is by now the most comprehensive Finnish collection about insect based food business. He is the first entrepreneur in insect food in Finland.

Santtu Vekkeli

Sami VekkeliCEO, Marketing&Sales

Sami has 20 years of broad experience in Sales, Product Management, and Engineering from Schneider Electric and other technology oriented global companies. Sami’s experience provides NIE multiple skills needed for productization as well as domestic and global sales of insect related technologies.

Sami Vekkeli
Jouni Saukkonen

Jouni SaukkonenResearch&Development

Jouni's main responsibilities are related to technological solutions of insect farming and processing machinery. His Bachelor’s Thesis in University of Helsinki concentrated on solution-based procedures in entomology and food processing of edible insects. Jouni has been participating in advancements in finnish insect economy from the beginning.

Arttu Hirvikorpi

Arttu HirvikorpiFinance&Control

20 years of versatile, international business operations experience in Microsoft and Nokia: several senior manager roles in business management, partnering and business development. His operational and analytical skills are an irreplaceable integral part of the company’s business planning.

Sofia Seittenranta-VekkeliAssistant

Sofia helps company with its many practicalitities related to quality chains. Her expertize is based on her Master's studies of microbiology and food hygiene from University of Helsinki and diverse experience from laboratories. She is also Bachelor of Biomedical laboratory technology.

Sofia Seittenranta-Vekkeli
Kari Oinonen

Kari OinonenResearch&Development

Kari is a passionate product development and research guy. He has long and wide experience of development at telecoms industry and in a startup of his own. Kari gets his kicks from making the world a better place with beautifully engineered concrete products for people’s daily use. He got his first touch in edible insects many years ago by insect eating pets.


Topi KaireniusEnto Chef

With years of experience, Topi is Finland’s leading specialist in combining Nordic cuisine and consumer foods with edible insects. Topi offers cooking classes and shows for institutions and companies through his company Koiramies Tmi.

Ilkka TaponenResearcher

Ilkka has obtained valuable experience of production development and start-up environment while working in the French insect-company Ynsect in production and logistics development . As one of the first world wide he combined logistics and entomology science in his Bachelor Thesis, Risk Management in the Supply Chain of a Commercial Insect Farm, written at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.