Research Pitching Competition will not be held in 2020

What is Skolar?

Skolar is a community of researchers, research funders, science communications professionals and research-minded stakeholders who believe that young academics have great thoughts and ideas that should be communicated with the world. Our mission is to help raise a generation of researchers who are confident, bold and committed to aim high with their research and have the skills to support their wild ideas. In 2015-2019 we organized Research Pitching Competition in collaboration with Slush, one of the biggest startup conferences in the world.

Read more about the competition here.


Skolar Award

Hosts & Partners

Skolar was founded by Kaskas Media, a Helsinki-based science communications agency. Research Pitching Competition by Slush & Skolar is a collaborative project. The competition and its 100K Skolar Award prize has been jointly funded by Finnish research funders.

Our funding partners in 2019 included:
Foundation for Economic Education
Helsingin Sanomat Foundation
Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation
The Paulo Foundation
Runar Bäckström Foundation
Saastamoinen Foundation
Tieteen tiedotus ry
Tiina and Antti Herlin Foundation
Walter Ahlström Foundation

Read more about our partners.

“Research Pitching Competition gave me a lot of confidence and helped me take a huge step forward in my career.”

Virpi Virjamo, winner 2016