They say when something happens twice it’s already a tradition. Well, this one is a hell of a tradition. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the Slush Flight throughout the year and now, we’re absolutely psyched to let you know that the Nerd Bird is ready for its second mission. Since we love to raise the bar each year, the Nerd Bird isn’t the only one taking over the skies. This year, we’re launching something we like to call the world’s first Skydive Pitching Competition.
The Nerd Bird Flies Again
For several years curious minds and different organizations have arranged excursions to the mecca of startup entrepreneurs – Silicon Valley. Last year we thought it was time to do it the other way around and arrange a little trip of our own and thus, ended up organizing a direct flight to Slush from San Francisco. The passengers of the Slush Flight nicknamed it the “Nerd Bird”. And no wonder, since it brought 300 founders, investors, speakers and tech influencers to Slush.
Once again, the Slush pre-party will be starting early – at 40,000ft (12km)! As Slush celebrates its 10th anniversary, we’re partnering up with Victor, Idean and Salesforce to fly Slush attendees from San Francisco to Helsinki and back between November 28 and December 2. Passengers include Mark Pincus, Founder of Zynga, Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr & Hunch, Will Marshall, Co-founder and CEO of Planet Labs, and Hemant Taneja, Managing Director at General Catalyst, to name a few!
Want to join the non-stop charter connection between San Francisco and Helsinki? To make it easy for you, we’ve put together two all-inclusive packages for your Slush trip: one for the Grazy, and one for the truly Finsane ones. Simply put, these packages were specially made with one clear goal in mind: making sure you have a hell of an experience with the most relevant people for you. Find more information about these four days of frenzy here or contact our flight captain directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skydive Pitching Competition with Kairos Society & Idean
This year there are 100 seats on the Slush Flight and we wanted to secure seats for some of the boldest founders. And how to do this? By diving through the sky, of course.
16 different skydiving professionals told us this would be simply impossible, which meant we absolutely had to give it a go. The concept of the world’s first Skydive Pitching Competition is simple:
- Founders jump off an airplane.
- Founders pitch during free fall at approx 120 mph and answer questions from investors.
- Founders deploy their parachute before hitting the ground.
The winner is chosen by the jury at the Slush Flight Opening Mixer Party in San Francisco on September 15. The honorable jury, consisting of the passengers of the Slush Flight vol 2, will decide who delivered the most memorable pitch of the century. The winner gets a ticket to the Slush Flight and conference in November.