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New Materials pitching competition is for Finnish early stage science-based startups and pre-startups utilizing new or re-purposed materials and processes to create a more sustainable future.

It is organized in collaboration of HiLIFE from the University of Helsinki and Aalto University.

All finalists will

  • receive speaker coaching to prepare their pitch,

  • have the chance to present their idea on the Y Science stage,

  • meet potential investors,

  • network with experts in the fields of their solution, and

  • get a Slush ticket


The winner will be granted 5,000 EUR to take their exciting idea further!


Competition timeline

  • September 1: Applications open

  • September 30: Applications close

  • October 13: Announcement of the finalists

  • October 24, 14:00 - 16:00: Introduction to pitching

  • October 25 - November 23: 1-1 pitch coaching

  • NEW: November 20, 13:30 - 15:00 EET: Public speaking workshop (Helsinki, Finland)

  • November 24, 12:00 - 13:00: Final meeting regarding the pitching competition

  • November 29, 15:30 - 18:30: Dress rehearsal of the competition

  • November 30: New Materials pitching competition at Y Science

Jury for the selection of the 2023 finalists

  • Arnoud Klokke, Associate, BioInnovation Institute

  • Maria Henriques de Jesus, Senior Associate in Planetary Health, BioInnovation Institute

  • Albert Anis, Core lead, ValleyDAO

  • Cait Murray-Green, CEO, Strategic Scientific Consulting UK

  • Heidi Henrickson, Platform Manager, Aalto University

  • Nina Forsman, R&D Scientist, Nordic Bioproducts Group Ltd

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