The Foundation was founded in 1956 to reflect a renewed co-operation between Finnish business and engineering graduates in the post-war era. KAUTE Foundation was founded by the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates and the Alumni Association for Aalto University’s Technology Students (Pyöreän Tornin Kilta).

In the 1950s Finnish economy was undergoing strong post-war growth. The nation knew that shared welfare required both hard work and expertise. The need for more highly-educated workers was especially pressing. KAUTE Foundation was founded to provide financial support for studying, teaching, and research within business and engineering sciences.

In November 2016 the Foundation celebrated the 60th anniversary of its founding. To mark the jubilee year, the Foundation started an appeal for funds, with an emphasis on digital economy. The main goal is to strengthen scientific business and engineering research focusing on digitalisation – a vital factor for Finnish business – and the related international networks.


Executive director Tuomas Olkku
tel. +358 40 901 5304
[email protected]

International collaboration

In addition to its activities in Finland, the KAUTE Foundation cooperates with international research communities, universities, grant programs and foundations. The Foundation is always open for new collaboration proposals, so do not hesitate to get in touch!

  • Collaboration projects

    Current collaboration projects


    European Forum Alpbach

    The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. The annually organised Forum covers global challenges, such as climate change, refugees, change of democracy and technology. KAUTE supports the Forum Alpbach Scholarship Programme together with the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Scholarship Programme is meant to support the participation of talented youth. It allows for young people under 30 to attend the conference and a variety of academic seminars.

    Fulbright Finland grants

    The Fulbright Finland Foundation promotes an exchange of knowledge and professional talents between Finland and the United States. KAUTE supports Fulbright Finland’s Junior Scholar Program, Graduate Grants Program as well as the Pre-Doctoral Research Fellows Program.

    PhD Tube

    PhD Tube is a collaboration project between the KAUTE Foundation and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). KAUTE will provide a full scholarship for one Finnish student to complete his or her PhD at LSE. The Scholarship covers tuition fees and maintenance in London for four years. The aim of the collaboration is to further links between LSE and Finland.

    “LSE is grateful for the support from the KAUTE Foundation for its PhD scholarship, which is designed to support Finnish students to realise their educational aspirations and potential at LSE. PhD scholarships enable students to truly focus on and excel in their postgraduate research.”

    – Urska Kovse, Foundation Partnerships Manager, LSE


    Previous collaboration projects


    Global Impact Challenge by Singularity University

    Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Global Impact Challenges are incentive competitions organized by Singularity University partners to identify innovative startups and solutions that use exponential technology to solve these pressing challenges. KAUTE was one of the organising partners of GIC Finland between 2015–2017.

    Global Impact Challenge Finland competitors 2017