Make an impact. Become a partner.

Skolar Award research pitching competition pairs young researchers with established research organisations to support a common cause: to make research seen and heard!

This competition is a collaborative act, hosted and produced by Kaskas Media & Slush.

Within the past four years Skolar Award has been funded by several Finnish foundations. In 2018, our partners are Foundation for Economic Education, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, The Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, The Runar Bäckström Foundation, Saastamoinen Foundation and Walter Ahlström Foundation.

Meet our partners

Foundation for
Economic Education

The Foundation for Economic Education, founded in 1919, promotes research in business and economics by awarding grants and scholarships.

Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

The purpose of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation is to secure the future of Finnish media and quality journalism as well as to support freedom of speech.

The Magnus Ehrnrooth

The Magnus Ehrnrooth foundation supports scientific research in mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry including medical chemistry.

The Paulo

The Paulo Foundation, established in 1966, is a non-profit foundation. The Paulo Foundation is based upon the last will and testament of Reko Paulo's wife, Hulda, and their daughter Marja.

The Runar Bäckström

The aim of the Runar Bäckström foundation is to encourage and support inventions that are beneficial to Finnish businesses and thereby strengthen their global competitiveness.


Saastamoinen Foundation works for the benefit of Finnish science and art. We are one of the most important collectors of contemporary art and enablers of scientific research.

Walter Ahlström

Walter Ahlström Foundation was founded in 1926. The Walter Ahlström Foundation supports scientific activity in the field of wood processing, chemistry, energy economy and metal industry sectors.

Partner up with Skolar Award? Here are a few reasons why:

  • Skolar Award is a truly collaborative effort between foundations, science communication experts and startups. As a partner you will be seen in interesting company.
  • Skolar Award makes research accessible to the general public and media.
  • The competition brings top-level researchers to Scandinavia and creates networks between researchers.
  • Skolar Award is an evolving concept that is open to new possibilities and collaborations, driven by a team of skillful science communicators and event organisers at Kaskas Media.

Interested in collaborating? Get in touch:

Timeline 2018

The talented young finalists will get together and prep for the finals during the months before Slush.
Check out the important dates here:



Application period begins



Application period ends



Finalists will be revealed



Skolar Award kickoff for finalists (live/video)



Individual coaching sessions (live/video)



Bootcamp and dress rehearsal in Helsinki



The Skolar Award pitching final at Slush

“The Skolar Award grant fills a large gap and allows postdocs to perform their own independent research.”

Johan Seijsing, Skolar Award 2017 winner