Uutisraivaaja is an innovation contest organized by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. The contest seeks ideas for renewing distribution of information and creating sustainable business models for journalism. The idea can be a new way to publish online, for example, or a new revenue model for publishing content. You can participate by submitting your idea online.
Uutisraivaaja finalists were chosen in the beginning of March 2013. The finalists have a chance to develop their projects as far as possible with initial funding from the HS Foundation. The winner(s) of the Uutisraivaaja contest will be announced in November 2013.
The winner(s) will be given an Uutisraivaaja Award with which the proposed project will be implemented. The maximum award is 250,000 euros. The winner(s) will be published on 13th November 2013 at Slush start-up conference in Helsinki.
The idea should be groundbreaking and improve the distribution of information. The idea must be first implemented in Finland, either nationwide or in a local community.
The application form is submitted electronically. Only electronic applications (link to the electronic application form) are accepted to the Uutisraivaaja-contest. Please read the following instructions carefully.
Important! We recommend that you write and edit your application first by using the Word-document, link below. After you have filled in the Word document on your computer and closely reviewed your responses, copy and paste your answers to the actual electronic application form, and submit the electronic application. Best luck to the contest! Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers of the Uutisraivaaja contest if you have any questions.
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The electronic application »
Fill in the form below and pay particular attention to the following guidelines:
3)Show us that you know the field of your innovation: you know what kinds of services similar to your idea are already out there. Tell us how your idea is different―and better―than those.
Please keep in mind that the more thoroughly you have researched your innovation and its field, the more likely it is that you will succeed. Furthermore, the more effectively you can tell us how your idea differs from existing services and why yours is better, the more likely you are to succeed.