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Opening Keynote by Al Gore
Slush 100 Showcase
First rounds of pitching
What Can Corporate Venture Capital Bring to the Table?
A New Chapter in Personal Health
The Investor Ecosystem: Building European Companies from Seed to $100bn
Founder Story of Kiip: Keeping Advertising Relevant in the Age of Adblock
In the age when consumers are less and less inclined to receive any sort of advertising coming their way, how can we offer them something relevant? Could it be something useful or fun even? Brian Wong, founder of Kiip and author of Cheat Code will share his entrepreneurial story and talk about a new way for brands to connect with consumers through a rewards platform that targets “achievement moments” in mobile games and apps. Jenny Wolfram, founder of BrandBastion will lead the discussion.
Founder Story: Mark Pincus from Zynga
Mark Pincus is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zynga in 2007 and taking the company public in 2011. On stage Mark will share his founder story of growing Zynga from zero to one of the most successful mobile social gaming companies in the world.
Feeding the Planet in 2025: Marriage of Food & Technology
What happens to our eating habits in the next decade? How about in a century? Which solutions will build the corner stones of our future eating, feeding and culvating cultures? Chris Lai (Horizons Ventures), Ben Pugh (Farmdrop) and Ryan Pandya (PerfectDay Foods) will have the discussion on sustainable food tech solutions, moderated by Liz Bacelar (TheCurrent).
Launch: The State of European Tech 2017 by Atomico & Slush
Atomico has teamed up with Slush once again to produce an in-depth look at what’s going on in the European tech ecosystem. We set out to establish a clear picture of how Europe's ecosystem has evolved in 2017, and where we need to do more to better support our entrepreneurs and tech talent.
Mobility Enforcing Urbanism
Farewell to Centralised Data
Traditionally one of the biggest issues in data security has been the centralisation of data. In the past few years we have had increasing amount of privacy leaks. The crypto industry or "blockchain tech" is allowing new privacy and security systems that fundamentally change the ownership structure of information.
This discussion is led by security expert and crypto author Andreas M. Antonopoulos. Together with him on the stage are Pamela Morgan, Founder& CEO of Third Key Solutions and Adam Back, Co-Founder of Blockstream.
Founder Story of Truecaller: Scaling in the Next Billion Markets
Freedom or Safety? Giving Up Decision Making for Smarter Cities
The new technologies in mobility such as connected cars improve our safety and help us in infrastructure and traffic planning. But if algorithms are in charge of our safety, what is safe enough? Where do we draw the line? Also, which decisions should be up to individuals and which regulated by socities? What is the balance between freedom of choice and safety in mobility? Simon Levene, co-founder and partner at Mosaic Ventures asks the questions while we hope to get insights from Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz, co-founder and CTO of Nexar and Josh Mohrer, former GM of Uber New York.
Founder Story: Lukasz Gadowski from Delivery Hero
Lukasz Gadowski is the founder behind the largest tech IPO in Germany in three years. On stage Lukasz will share his story and insights on founding and scaling Delivery Hero as well as new projects he's working on - building the first manned, fully electric and safe VTOLs.
Back to the Future of Work
Keynotes by Karoli Hindriks, Jerome Ternynck, Sofie Quidenus, Casey Fenton and Jyri Engeström.
Designing for Use, Not Addiction
Even though the trend is obviously towards an increasing use of social media there still seems to be more and more refusiniks trying to do whatever it takes to avoid it. Many of the former enthusiasts have noticed the addictive ways in which we are lured into the online life fueled by the likes that feed our ego. Like the slow food movement that was trying to make us be aware and take control over what our bodies consume, we now need to turn to slow web and take control over what our brains consume.
Using Business as a Force for Good. Fireside with Leila Janah and Christopher Lai
Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Sama and LXMI, that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. Leila is passionate about building different kinds of businesses to see a different kind of world. She joins the stage with Christopher Lai, an investor and the director of consumer and retail investments at Horizons Ventures. Together they will talk about creating business models that are more inclusive and using traditional business as a force for social good.
Can Self-Organization Work or Is It Just a Myth?
Especially the new generation of entrepreneurs is deeply invested with a question: What is the best way to organize your company? What kind of structure and company culture embody the purpose of the company while being the most efficient one? Are holacracy and other forms of self-organization just bed time stories or can they actually work? Blinkist has established it's own way of working called Blinkcracy of which we will hear straight from Blinkist co-founder Niklas Jansen. With him on the stage will be Founder and CEO of Smartly.io, Kristo Ovaska, who has his own war stories to share.
Founder Story of Trello: Michael Pryor
Michael Pryor is the head of Trello at Atlassian, the visual collaboration tool that gives millions of people around the world perspective on their projects. On stage Michael will share his founder story of Trello as well as his insights for the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Launching a Revolution in VR
If We Started from Scratch What Would Schools Look Like?
Since schools are so established institutions what's the best way to develop them? Can tech help us in bringing more immersive ways of learning? What's the role of teachers in all of this? Saku Tuominen is the founder of HundrEd, an organization that tracks the best K12 innovations globally and then shares them. Michael Brodekar co-founded Labster, which provides laboratory simulations for improved STEM learning. Esther Wojicki is a world-renowned educator, award-winning journalist, edtech pioneer and currently the chief learning officer at Planet3. The talk is hosted by Marta Sjögren, principal at Northzone.
Building for Growing Energy Needs & Environmental Consciousness for the Masses
Powering Europe’s Next Wave of Entrepreneurs
From Dark Matter to Media: a Fireside Chat with Alex Mahon
Alex Mahon is the CEO of Channel 4 UK. Along the way she has managed to do quite a bit. On stage she will share her journey and talk about the changing landscape of media & entertainment. How will the sector be divided in the future? What happens in the in the intersection of traditional media and tech?
Moderating the discussion is Gary Carter, board member of Klok.
How Profitability Will Be Our Planet's Best Insurance
Mission for the rising generations is to solve the present existential global crises. Consumers worldwide have started minding their habits stronger year by year, and as a consequence, are rewarding companies with a positive societal and environmental impact. This trend has not gone unnoticed by companies and VCs. Vishal Vasisth from Obvious Ventures, Ela Madej from Fifty Years and Erik Engeliau-Nilson from Norssken take the stage to talk about how can profits go hand in hand with positive impact.
Founder Story of TomTom: Leading Your Company Through Tough Times
Putting Your Culture and Values into Action
Nicolas Dessaigne, co-founder and CEO of Algolia, and Adam Fridman, founder of Mabbly and ProHabits, are both deeply invested in creating purpose-driven organizations. Adam is currently researching how to inspire engagement in organizations, and together they will explore what it takes to build a culture-first company and how to measure the impact of putting your values into practice.
Demographics Have Shifted - How About Your Investments?
Demographics and demand are shifting but are investors adjusting to the shift? Join Terri Mead of Class Bravo Ventures, Monique Woodard of 500 Startups and Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures as they discuss the untapped market opportunities in products/services that target currently underrepresented markets.
Diversity in Tech
Founder Story of MOVE Guides: Brynne Kennedy
How Best to Create a World-Conquering Team?
Should team building happen artificially or organically? How do succesfull teams organize their decision-making and is there a right way of parting ways if things don't work out? Toby Coppel from Mosaic Ventures leads the discussion on what kind of teams thrive. On stage with him are Kat Manalac and Alice Bentick from two leading accelerators: Y-Combinator and Entrepreneur First.
Frantic Year in Games Industry - What's Next?
Driving Innovation in the Data Economy
Young Sohn is president and chief strategy officer for Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, Harman International. He leads development and strategy for global innovation, investment and new business creation. Young led the $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries.
Beyond the New Realities of Entertainment
IPOs, Exits and Series F. What's Next for the Billion Dollar Companies?
What's Interesting in VR & AR now?
Nasdaq US Market Opening
Transforming Food for the Next Generation
Startup Sauna Demo Day Pitches
There are accelerators and Demo Days. Startup Sauna’s Demo Days aren’t your usual snoozefest; they’re a celebration of early-stage startups on their way to becoming scaleups, and we are good at celebrating.
Eurasia’s most intensive accelerator, Startup Sauna, brings its Demo Day to Slush 2017 to showcase the most impressing early-stage founders found from Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Switzerland, UK, and South Korea.
Startup Sauna’s cohorts go through a military boot camp like experience before they climb on the stage. On November 30th, we celebrate the fact that the founders have spent the last seven weeks in a crunch mode at Startup Sauna’s premises validating their value proposition.
See you on November 30th at Slush Startup Station.
Indexing Change on Earth
What Is It All for Anyway? Misery and Success Don't Mix
Ina Fried from Axios will have a fireside chat with Bill Liao. Bill is the Founder of WeForest, an organisation engaging corporations in climate control by planting trees; Co-Founder of CoderDojo, a movement to mobilize kids into creating by coding and European Investment Partner at a biotech accelerator SOSV. However, the message he's keen on talking the most, is how happiness is the driving force behind success.
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Running a Startup with a Big Vision
Keynote: Scott Sandell
Scott is Managing General Partner and head of NEA’s Technology investing practice. He has personally led investments in industry-transforming companies like Bloom Energy, Data Domain, Fusion-io, Salesforce.com, Tableau Software, WebEx, and Workday. Scott will take the audience through the history of venture capital and discuss the impact of VC.
Implications of Startup Culture in Governments & Redefining Citizenship
Don’t Let Early Product Decisions Haunt You Later
ofo Founder Story: the World's Biggest Scaling Exercise
Dai Wei is the founder and CEO of ofo, the world’s first and largest “station-free” bike-sharing platform. Together with Atomico's Mattias Ljungman, he will discuss the world's biggest scaling exercise happening in Europe - opening new markets and managing huge recruitments all at once.
Slush 100: Semifinals
Slush 100 Pitching Competition semifinal round will host 10 of the best pitches from Thursday's sessions. Three are chosen for the final rounds at Founder Stage.
Can a Machine Brain Cure Disease?
AI has the potential to positively and dramatically change our world. In healthcare, AI advances are being made in diagnosis and better care but is the technology capable of curing disease? Ken Mulvany, serial healthcare entrepreneur and founder of BenevolentAI, one of the world’s largest private AI companies, will discuss why, despite the huge growth of knowledge and information the process of scientific discovery has not changed for 50 years (until now!), how AI is dramatically accelerating the development of new medicines and how, for the first time, a machine brain may have cured a human brain disease.
What Will Happen in Artificial Intelligence Next Year?
The Existential Risk of AI
Founder Story: Pete Flint
Should We Infact Reinvent the Wheel?
What are the dominating mobility options in 2030? Does anyone own a car anymore and if so, is it fuelled by gas and will it fly perhaps? Or has anything really changed by then? Kat Borlongan engages the speakers and audience to find out the truth about tomorrow's mobility in the mids of all the buzz. Joining her on the stage are Nicolas Brusson, Co-founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar, Karima Delli, Chairwoman of EU's Transport Committee and Marcus Claesson, CIO of Trucks, Buses and Vans at Daimler.
Meeting Point of Content Creation, Content Consumption and Communication
Interview with Thilo Koslowski, CEO of Porsche Digital
Thilo Koslowski, CEO of Porsche Digital, will be sharing what Porsche Digital is working on, the investment strategy to put money into startups, failures they've done recently, how does a big car company become agile and become most profitable car company in the world, bring in more engagement with Porsche and give a snapshot into the future of this company. He will be interviewed by Kayvan Nikjou, Senior Manager at KI Group.
Keynote: Seth Bannon from Fifty Years
Seth Bannon is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. Seth has invested in a range of startups shaping the world for the better – from a company engineering microbes to produce industrial chemicals sustainably, to a company building small satellites to cover the earth in internet, to a company culturing meat to eat.
Tencent Meets Supercell: Martin Lau & Ilkka Paananen
Draining the Swamp: How Can Technology Help?
What's the best way of increasing citizen participation in political matters? How to take on a more engaging role in a system that tends to favour it's own? What is the role of technology in all of this? Maria Ritola from Iris AI hosts this discussion with Taavi Kotka, former CIO of Estonia, Nicolás Shea, founder of Todos and Limor Schweitzer, founder and CEO of RoboSavvy.
Slush Impact Showcase
Lift-off for More Accessible Space Exploration
Founder Story of Casper: Neil Parikh
Building a Successful Entrepreneur-VC Relationship
This discussion with Leila Zegna from Kindred and Daniel Glasner from Cherry VC aims to address what kind of behaviour leads to poor dynamics between a VC and it's portfolio company in order to demonstrate how a strong entrepreneur-VC relationship is forged in contrast and how great it can be when a common note is found.
Founder Story of Funding Circle
The Democratisation of Financial Services
The State of Diversity in Tech
Tracy Chou, nowadays a diversity advocate, previously a software engineer and tech lead of companies such as Pinterest and Quora, discusses the value of diversity in thriving of tech companies together with Priya Guha, Senior Career Diplomat and Ecosystem Manager at RocketSpace, a technology campus for startups.
Showcasing the Next Nordic Tech Superstars
Nordic Showcase will present six Nordic companies that are looking to become the next tech superstars.
Kat Manalac will explain why a clear idea is the best foundation for growth. She'll talk about why Y Combinator believes that, as well as give 5 best practices for coming up with a short and sweet pitch for your company that anyone can remember. She'll also show real examples of YC alumni that have gone through the program and built memorable pitches.
Founder Story of Slack: How to Build Software for Humans
Growth Metrics and Avoiding the Valley of Death
Threesome: Tech as a Third
Stewart Rogers from VentureBeat moderates the discussion where Stephanie Alys, Founder of MysteryVibe and James Young, host of the BBC project called 'Can Robots Love Us?' talk about how technology challenges human constructs such as intimacy, sex, fidelity and empathy.
Founder Story of Blinkist: How to Build a Successful Consumer Subscription Business
Tech Brought to Life – How Biology Benefits from Technological Discoveries
How Companies Build and Honor Trust
Navigating Exits: Strategic M&A from the Perspectives of Entrepreneurs Who Have Achieved Big Wins
Gain valuable insights on how to lay the groundwork for a successful M&A exit, strategy and tactics, and “lessons learned” from entrepreneurs who have achieved exits valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars:
o Risto Lahdesmaki, Co-Founder and CEO of Idean (which was acquired by Cap Gemini)
o Bharat Vasan, President and COO of August Home (announced acquisition by ASSA Abloy), Co-Founder of BASIS (acquired by Intel), and former COO of Electronic Arts Online
o Fireside chat led by Veteran M&A Strategist and Valley Lawyer and Investor, Larry Chu, Head of Technology M&A @Goodwin Procter
Founder Stories: Lessons Learnt from Misfit and Elemental Machines
Sonny Vu and Sridhar Iyengar go back almost 30 years and have founded and built several companies together, including Misfit and Elemental Machines. They will share their founder stories, hardships and lessons learned from their long entrepreneurial journey together with the audience.
Science Pitching Finals
This is not your everyday pitching competition. The Skolar Award finalists are researchers from all around the world and they come to Slush to pitch their mind-blowing research ideas in three minute pitches. The competition is organised in cooperation with Kaskas Media and the best idea wins 100,000 euros. Come and hear about what you don't know!
Invented Here: Is It Possible to Build the Next Google in Europe?
Can European startups compete with the ones born and raised in Silicon Valley? Moreover, should they? Geraldine Le Meur, co-founder of The Refiners and Pär-Jörgen Pärsön, general partner at Northzone talk about the advantes and disadvantages of European startups and how their route to success should look like. Leading the discussion is Contantjin van Oranje-Nassau, speacial envoy at StartupDelta.
Jonathan Hirshon is known as the “Guru of Silicon Valley” (a title awarded by BusinessWeek) and has exclusively focused on high-tech PR for three decades. He has extensive corporate and agency PR experience as well as a history of orchestrating a wide range of successful global public relations campaigns at Sony, Apple, SGI, Pioneer and as counsel to a host of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups.
The goal of the presentation is to help early stage founders understand how to achieve their public relation goals using a fusion of two principles: science and art.
Founder Story of Mapbox: Eric Gundersen
Performing under Pressure: Tips from F1 Driver Mika Häkkinen
Leveraging Platforms to Build Deeper Connections at Scale
In this session, Julien Decot discusses how the Facebook Platform is enabling and supporting startups to build innovative new solutions that have the ability to truly shake up their respective industries. Sergei Anikin will then discuss Pipedrive’s experience of growing the business through integrations with various platforms, helping them to achieve fast paced growth and reach new customer segments.
Dive into VR With Your Bare Hands
Supercomputers which used to take up whole buildings now fit in our pockets. And yet, the way we use that technology--interact with it has remained binary. This is the fundamental limiting factor which if eliminated can increase the bandwidth between humans and computers, and unlock the ability to use technology in more powerful ways.
Leap Motion CEO and co-founder, Michael Buckwald, speaks to the future of human-computer interaction, the core user experience for the next generation of mobile and all-in-one headsets, and how Leap Motion is establishing fundamental design standards and physical laws of the virtual world.
Can biology be technology? Is it sofware or hardware or something completely different? Does artificial intellingence change our perception on biology? When will we be able to build a human from scratch? What ethical issues are embedded? Nathan Benaich, founder of Air Street Capital will discuss these topics together with James Field, founder of LabGenius and Hannu Rajaniemi, co-founder of Helix Nanotechnoogies.
The Entrepreneurs Guide to Hiring
Attracting top talent takes experience - not just experimentation. Most entrepreneurs are masters at experimenting but have little or no experience in hiring a management team for scale. Getting this right is one of the most important responsibilities of a CEO and the cause of their sleepless nights.
Martin Falch is CEO & Co-founder of 360Leaders, an executive search and leadership development firm in London supporting some of the fastest growing companies in tech. 20 years of hiring for startups he will share what makes leaders attractive to talent.
Fireside Chat with Mood Rowghani & Ankur Jain
Are Users Able to Take Control of Their Data?
Everyone Asks What's the Next Big Thing But We Should Ask What's the Next Good Thing
What are the most critical problems globally currently? Who has the power to solve them and which other parties should be involved? One thing is sure: the role of entrepreneurs is increasing. We have to be able to recognize that economics too is a moral system and all economic decisions are moral decisions. Entrepreneurs have to start believing in the importance of their actions.
Founder Story of Hyperloop: Josh Giegel
Founder Story of uBiome: From Scientist to Entrepreneur
Product Marketing, Expertise, Network and the Importance of Referrals
Augmenting Human Capabilities to New Dimensions
Keynotes by Oliver Armitage, Albert Wenger, Liviu Babitz, Scott Cohen and Rumman Chowdhury
Preparing Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
Kids nowadays might be better at recognizing TV show or game characters than actual animals. How do we reinstall the link between nature and children? Then again, even if many of the millenial's hobbies might seem pointless or like a waste of time for us, they can actually act as a seed or a spark in the future skill set needed. Linda Liukas, founder of Rails Girls and Author of Hello Ruby will lead the discussion on nurturing childhood creativity and curiosity with Zach Klein, co-founder of both Vimeo and DIY.
Fireside Chat with Hemant Taneja & Kevin Maney
Founder Story of OnePlus: How Not to Die as a Startup
Slush 100: Finals
The Slush 100 Pitching Competition finals will present the top three companies of the competition.
How Decentralized Networks Will Define Our Identities
You need to be a unicorn to IPO. You need $100m of annual revenues to IPO. You need to be a household name to IPO. Myth, myth, myth.
For something so important in the life of its businesses, the tech industry tells itself a lot of myths about IPOs.
So come and learn the facts from the Head of Tech and Lifesciences from London Stock Exchange.
Individual Learning Experiences for Personal Growth
Growing Your Community and Bootstrapping
New Forms of Design – Reimagining Creativity
Designing Your Startup for Execution
Soujanya has a history of co-founding and leading startups. Soujanya was Co-founder and CEO of Cooliris, a KPCB backed company which was acquired by Yahoo in November 2014.
He will talk about how to design your startup for execution in terms of culture, monetisation and efficiency for acquisition.
Slush 100: Announcing the Winners
Announcing the winner of Slush 100 showcase.
Join the conversation in Twitter.