Meet the team of Skolar Award

These people are to thank (hopefully not to blame) about everything going on with Skolar Award. The Skolar Award team consists of communications professionals from Kaskas Media, the only science communications agency in the Nordics.


Aurora Airaskorpi, head of everything, i.e. making sure you will get the best Skolar Award experience ever. As a former concept and brand designer, she enjoys creating memorable and meaningful experiences. She will be coaching you this autumn and making sure you feel confident with your pitch.

Random thing to know:
Aurora is also a yoga and meditation teacher with weekly classes helping people get zen.

Reetta Rönkä, all things communications in Skolar Award. As a former television journalist and radio host she is a wizard in coming up with intelligent questions and writing ingenious tweets. She will be coaching you this autumn and making sure you have all the skills you need to get on stage.

Random thing to know: Reetta changes her coaching gear into playing gear a few times every week goes to play basketball, her long time hobby since early teens.

Mari Räsänen, master of all moving parts, i.e. competition coordinator. She comes from the cognitive sciences and has a background in brain imaging. She really knows how to work her brain around all the little details involved in putting this Skolar Award experience together. She is on top of all practical things related to our online and offline meetings during this autumn.

Random thing to know: Mari is known for designing fantastic escape rooms.


Skolar Award is organized by Helsinki-based science and research communications agency Kaskas Media in collaboration with Slush, the biggest startup event in the Nordics. The 100 000 euro grant is jointly funded byFoundation for Economic Education, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, The Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, The Runar Bäckström Foundation, Saastamoinen Foundation and Walter Ahlström Foundation. Read more about the funding partners of 2018 on our partners page.