Slush is the largest startup and tech event in Northern Europe and has often been viewed as the window to the Nordic startup ecosystem. In 2016, Slush hosted over 20 Nordic events around the world. Nordic Showcases and various #NordicMade events took place in cities including New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
With only 26 million people living in the Nordic countries, the Nordics are currently producing the most billion-dollar companies per capita after Silicon Valley. Since 2005, 9 percent of all global billion dollar exits have come from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland (Creandum, Nordic Tech Exit Analysis Report 2016), and Europe’s first internet-age decacorn originated from the region. The numbers speak for themselves.
Slush is determined to strengthen the cohesion between the Nordic startup communities in order to build traction in the Nordics globally. For Slush, it’s important to be a part of building the #NordicMade community, to showcase Nordic startups, inspire students and help the next world conquering Nordic game changers forward.
Throughout the year, Slush hosted several Nordic events together with various partners. A #NordicMade community dinner was arranged at Founder’s House in Copenhagen, in conjunction with TechBBQ. Slush Play was organized for the second time with Icelandic Startup community. Located perfectly halfway between Europe and North America, Slush Play brought together gaming and VR enthusiasts from all over the world.
The Nordic Hack Tour was arranged together with Europe’s largest hackathon Junction, with the aim to extend our volunteer community outside of Finland to the Nordic Universities including KTH, NTNU, University of Reykjavik, Chalmers University, DTU and CBS. The great success and outcome of the tour was to see an additional 100 volunteers from the Nordic Universities at Slush along with the rest of the 2,300 volunteers.
Slush gathered several #NordicMade delegations in cities such as Tokyo, New York, Shanghai and Singapore with the aim to showcase the region at a global level. Together we wanted to help them build bridges and valuable connections, create opportunities for the founders to expand their business to new regions and enable meetings with international investors, VCs and media.
One of many highlights of the year was the official launch of the Rising North in New York in October. Rising North is a €1.5 million fund to support the internationalization of the startup ecosystem in the Nordics over the next three years. Projects, funded by Rising North will boost the Nordic region towards a global startup ecosystem which will help the community to create even more impactful joint projects and events together for the next years to come.
The year 2016 for the #NordicMade community culminated at Slush in Helsinki when the community hosted its largest gathering for over 300 people. It was an evening dedicated for meeting friends, entrepreneurs and investors from all around the Nordic startup community.
The opening words at the Afterwork were held by Minister for Nordic Cooperation, Anne Berner, followed by a #NordicMade Talk session hosted by Operations Manager of Rising North, Peik Hämekoski. The talk included community builders and hub managers from the entire Nordic region; Lukas Gräf SUP46, Sebastian Schwermer #CPHFTW, Kristzi Tóth Mesh and Salóme Gudmondsdottír Icelandic Startups. Everybody agreed that the collaboration between the Nordic communities has never been stronger. We’re not going to stop here; the snowball keeps on rolling and the community has a lot planned for 2017.
As 2017 has started off already with a bang, we’re happy to begin an even stronger collaboration with our best friends in Stockholm, SUP46. SUP46 and Slush have since the start collaborated together with various projects and events. We’re happy to start the year with an even stronger collaboration as one of SUP46’s Global Friends in order to support each other’s local startup communities and work towards an even more dynamic and united Nordic community.
During the spring you can catch up with us at the following events:
TechChill Riga, February 9-10
Technoport, Trondheim, March 8-9
Startup Day, Stockholm, April
Startup Extreme, Bergen, Voss, June 13-15
Latitude, Tallinn, May 25-26
Nordic Next, Malmö, June 6-7