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Who is the 2023 Young Researcher Entrepreneur? Send us your suggestion!

The Young Researcher Entrepreneur of the Year is a 5,000 euro award given annually by the KAUTE Foundation’s Academic Entrepreneurship Fund to a researcher who has developed a new research-based business. We are now accepting nominations for the 2023 award recipient.

Anyone interested is welcome to propose candidates for the award. Nominations are accepted until February 16, 2024. We will announce the winner in early spring 2024. Submit your proposal here!

“We have granted the Young Researcher Entrepreneur award annually since 2013. With the award we want to encourage young researchers to pursue entrepreneurship as well as give recognition to research-based entrepreneurship,” says Tuomas Olkku, the Executive Director of the KAUTE Foundation.

The Young Researcher Entrepreneur of the Year can be awarded to a person who

  • is under the age of 40
  • is a full-time entrepreneur
  • has a new research-based business idea
  • has a business in its start-up phase (less than five years of activity and a turnover of less than 10 million euros)
  • employs at least one person in addition to the owner.

Last year, the award was given to Mikko Hänninen and Elmeri Lahtinen, whose company Weeefiner utilizes a brand new laser 3D printing-based method to capture valuable metals and nutrients from waste waters.

Read more about previous winners and finalists: