Helsinki Challenge-competition enters last stage

Helsinki Challenge-competition enters last stage

The research-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge has now reached its final stage. An international jury has selected six teams to the final. An additional team was selected through an audience vote on the Pitch Nights held on 6-7 June.

Hanken was represented in Helsinki Challenge by the HUMLOG-institute Professor Gyöngyi Kovács and Doctoral Candidate Minchul Sohn who were members of team Reconfigure Mobility. Their team did, however, not make it past the semifinal stage.

The seven finalists are made up of over 70 scientists and experts from Finnish universities, companies and organisations. The teams are:

  • Dlearn.Helsinki (Team leader: Auli Toom, University of Helsinki)
  • ELMO (Team Leader: Seppo Meri, University of Helsinki)
  • FutuRena (Team Leader: Susanna Kaisto, University of Oulu)
  • HeatStock (Team Leader: Ari Seppälä, Aalto-university)
  • iCombine (Team Leader: Jing Tang, University of Turku)
  • Parental (Team Leader: Lotta Uusitalo-Malmivaara, University of Helsinki)
  • POCKit (Team Leader: Dr. Leona Gilbert, University of Jyväskylä)

In September the finalists will travel to the Global Impact Camp in Brussels in order to market Finnish research and learn more about EU research funding.

The jury will announce a winner in November. The prize is 375 000 euros to implement the team’s Helsinki Challenge-idea.

Hanken is one of ten universities in Finland arranging the competition.
More information on the Helsinki Challenge website.