The Slush 100 pitching competition is reaching it’s final stage! From over a thousand startups four companies have been selected from the semi-finals for the ultimate showdown in tonights finals.
With presentations each better than the previous, the 20 startups taking part in the Slush 100 pitching competition upped the ante on Wednesday noon.
“I’m so honoured – I think I have the best job in the world, seeing the passion and the energy of the entrepreneurs. I think they all were stellar!,” commented jury member Hans Otterling, partner at Northzone, the level of the first group in the semi-finals.
From an initial group of over 1000 startups 100 were carefully selected by an international jury of investors and entrepreneurs to take part in the first round of pitching on Tuesday, from which 20 went on to show their best at the semi-final on Wednesday.
“All we saw today will be winners, it was hard to choose. The ones we chose were because we like their business model, which appeared clearer than the others,” declared Otterling.
The startups are competing for a €250 000 investment award, offered by the Finnish Business Angels Network and Evli Bank and legal, audit and consulting services from Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd and PwC worth €10 000. The prize is the biggest of its kind awarded in pitching competition in similar events.
“I think the great thing was that every one out there are either almost in production or already in production – all of them are worthy winners,” stated Nikolaj Nyholm, partner at Sunstone Capital and jury member in the second part of the semi-final.
See these startups in the final, starting 16.45 at the Silver Stage!
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The judges in the semi-final were:
Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, vice president Accel Partners
Sean Seton-Rogers, General Partner at PROfounders
Mike Chalfen, partner at Mosaic
Daniel Waterhouse, partner at Balderton Capital
Hans Otterling, partner at Northzone
Miles Kirby, managing director at Qualcomm Ventures
Ari Korhonen, Angel Investor at Lagoon Capital
Frank Meehan, Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures
Nikolaj Nyholm, partner at Sunstone Capital
Nenad Marovac, Founder and Managing Partner at DN Capital
The judges in the final are:
David Gardner, general partner at London Venture Partners
Riku Asikainen, chairman at Fiban
Chris Fralic, partner at First Round Capital
Ilkka Kivimäki, partner at Inventure
Steven Dietz, Partner and co-founder at Upfront Ventures