Jun 12, 2015 slush
Slush Impact track gives voice to entrepreneurs solving world’s greatest challenges. Be it access to clean water, girls’ education or poverty reduction, these brave individuals start companies to tackle global grand challenges.
”We so often don’t realize what our action and inaction does to people that we think we will never see and never know.” – Jacqueline Novogratz
This year we are proud to announce Jacqueline Novogratz as our first keynote speaker. Back in the 1980s an unexpected encounter in Rwanda showed Jacqueline that people all around the world are interconnected. Today she is one of the most impactful women in attacking poverty with business. Her global venture fund Acumen has invested over $88M in 82 companies delivering healthcare, housing, education and energy to low-income societies in South Asia and Africa.
We are as excited to reveal three more engaging Impact speakers who will be joining us in slushy Helsinki: UNICEF Innovation Unit lead Chris Fabian, tech innovator Wayan Vota and seasoned emerging markets investor Ruzgar Barisik. On top of marginalized children’s rights Fabian is passionate about equal access to information and connectivity as a human right. Wayan is decoding the world of technology to bring value to international development projects. Ruzgar leads IFC’s venture investments in Europe, Middle East & North Africa.
Created together with our skilled partners, Slush Impact will feature a number of events before and during Slush, catering for the different impact ecosystem players.
The program will include plenty of opportunities for impact and emerging market investors to find the next world changing entrepreneurs – and for startups to connect with world leading investors. Match-making tool, side events and networking sessions will help startups to pitch their business to the International Finance Corporation’ Venture Capital team (part of the World Bank Group), Acumen, Tekes BEAM and our other impact and emerging market investors.
Collaboration with UNICEF will bring a number of key development actors to join Slush. We are excited to welcome these passionate development innovators to join in the conference for finding new scalable solutions to global challenges.
With Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Infodev / World Bank Group we launch a week long Impact Accelerator program. Together with local hubs, 30 impact entrepreneurs will join us from emerging markets such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Vietnam and Brazil. Stay tuned for news about the selected startups participating this pioneer accelerator!
For the non-profits and impact startups, we will host a Fail Festival together with Plan Finland to break the taboo around innovation and failure in development co-operation. With Plan we will also arrange an intimate, high-level discussion forum ”Technology Salon” focusing on ICT and development.
Thrilled to meet you in November!
Slush Impact team,
Ilona, Charlotta, Olli, Johanna, Olga, Heidi and Ilmi
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