Introducing the Skolar House

This year Skolar Award is proud to introduce something completely new. The Skolar House. This is where our eight finalists will stay and get ready for their big pitch at Slush on the 5th of December.

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Big windows, seaview and cozy rooms to have a good night sleep in. This is what the Skolar finalists will be enjoying during their Skolar bootcamp in Helsinki in the beginning of December.

"This is a complete contrast to the neon lights and smokey startup environment at Slush. We wanted to create a place where the contestants can feel calm and take a break from all the excitement of the pitching and performing", says Aurora Airaskorpi, Head of Skolar Award.

This unique atmosphere was found at Villa Salin in Lauttasaari, Helsinki. This beautiful villa is located right by the sea. This is a good way for the finalists coming from other countries to experience the Finnish nature.

The Skolar bootcamp is an intensive science communications camp

The week before the Research Pitching finals at Slush is an immersion to science communication for all the eight Skolar finalists. During this week they will get personal coaching for pitching and performing as well as tips and tools for networking and social media.

"We see Skolar Award as more than just a competition. It is an experience where researchers come together to learn crucial work-life skills that can carry much further than the finale", Aurora says.

The Skolar House will be the main venue for all the training. The trainings are hosted by science communications professionals from Kaskas Media as well as chosen guests.

On the 3rd of December the eight finalists will pitch their work in front of a live audience on the Slush Founder's Street at O'Leary's pub. The official Slush Research Pitching finals are held at Slush on the 5th of December, starting at 2 pm. The winner will walk away with a grant of 100 000 euros.

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