A couple of weeks ago, Slush Up! Chengdu, a two-day side event, gathered over 300 attendees from 23 countries, including 27 startups, 40 investors, and 30 journalists. Since 2015, Slush has added some Nordic flavors to the startup landscape in Beijing and in Shanghai. Finally, we took the step a little further to the dynamic startup hub in western China – Chengdu.
The event kicked off with one-on-one meetings between startups and investors. Over 80 meetings in total were facilitated. The next day was particularly exciting with keynote speeches, fireside chats, and a pitching competition. Notable speakers tackled burning hot questions on stage including Mario Wynands, Co-founder and CEO of PikPok, Evgeny Klsolapov, Representative of Skolkovo Foundation in China, and Alan Hucks, Head of Business Development at Creative HQ Incubator.
20 startups from seven different countries were selected to compete on stage. They were divided into five categories: gaming, AR/VR, mobile technology, IoT & smart devices and AI & Healthcare. After two rounds of pitching, BrainControl, the Italian healthcare tech company went home with the trophy.
The two-day event paved the way for leading actors of the global tech scene to meet with local founders and investors. 50 students from local universities also volunteered at the event. It was the first time that Slush introduced the student-led movement to the startup communities in western China.