During the Slush week Helsinki attracted tech-heads from around the globe. The stage was taken by the most prominent influencers in tech such as Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures, Martin Lau, President of Tencent, Leila Janah, Founder & CEO of Samasource & LMXI, and Adena Friedman, President & CEO of Nasdaq.
Prestigious appearances were also seen by President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, former Vice President, Al Gore, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Daniel, and France’s digital minister, Mounir Mahjoubi.
The narrative of Slush 2017 was focused on the balances between utopia and phobia, and how entrepreneurs can solve the biggest problems of the world with the help of technology. As every year, the goal was to help startups to succeed.This was accomplished by setting up almost 10,000 meetings between investors and startups. Each speaker also contributed at least one hour of their time to help the early-stage startups through 1-on-1 mentoring and roundtable discussions.
Slush gathered over 2,600 startups, with the most popular fields being those of analytics and big data. We also saw an increasing interest in companies working with AI. The second day culminated in the Slush 100 Pitching Competition. After an intense competition, Altum Technologies managed to snatch the first place with their winning idea of offering a solution to cleaning industrial equipment without having to shut down production. The lights of Messukeskus convention center have been turned off, and Nerd Bird is preparing for take-off – all good things come to an end, but in Finland, Slush falls every damn year!
Earlier this month, Swedish digital health app KRY announced they had raised €53M ($66M) in series B funding, led by Index Ventures. This brings their total funding since 2014 to approximately €79 million ($92 million). Thus, we’re excited to announce KRY’s CEO and co-founder Johannes Schildt as a speaker at Slush 2018! KRY is in […]
With only a little time left to secure your ticket at the discounted price, we thought that it’d be a perfect time to invite you to have a sneak peek of some of the first pictures of how Slush 2018 will look and feel like. The event will be organized once again at the Helsinki Exhibition […]
We’ve been itching to announce our first speakers for Slush 2018. Finally, the time has come! Our first batch consists of three founders who will share their stories on Founder Stage this December. Here’s a bit on each of them! Joel Flory – Co-founder & CEO of VSCO As the co-founder and CEO of VSCO, […]
Helsinki-based Yousician, the world’s leading music education company, has been on an almost decade long journey of learning about gamifying, community building, and of course, learning new instruments. CEO and co-founder Chris Thür has been leading the charge towards the company’s goal of making musicality as common as literacy, and overseen lots of change in […]
Fill the speaker form here. In addition to fire and waterfalls, we also enjoy having top-level speakers on our stages. Our speakers are usually enthusiastic founders, successful investors, and other kinds of startup pioneers and tech aficionados. To add to this mix, we’re looking for the best kept secrets behind your team and your product […]
Index Ventures Co-Founder and Partner Neil Rimer has always had a deep appreciation for Slush’s home country, Finland. This year, to commemorate our Centenary Independence Day, Neil has written a love letter for the entire country. We are honoured to share it with you today. “The truth is, I have always loved Finland and each year when […]
Altum Technologies has won the Slush 100 Showcase of 2017! After an intense contest, Objectbox placed second and AdLaunch came in third. Altun Technologies offers a solution to clean industrial equipment without having to shut down production. They utilise ultrasound emitters to clean the inside of pipes, vats and machinery to combat the effects of […]
Slush has had saunas before, but this one is an entirely new concept – a village of saunas. The purpose is for attendees to relax and escape the busy conference halls. The village is a whole different world compared to the tech and lasers indoors. This peaked our interest, so we decided to find the […]
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