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Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a community of true global magnitude. The mission of Slush remains the same: to create and help the next generation of groundbreaking entrepreneurs.
Slush has grown from a single gathering in Helsinki to a series of events organized all around the world. Our crown-jewel event is our annual Slush event, but we also host smaller get-togethers around the globe.
It all started in 2008 in Helsinki with a one-day affair made up of around 250 people. Pretty intimate, if you ask us. While the size of our event has grown by leaps and bounds, our goal has stayed the same: we focus on how best to serve startup ecosystems across the world.
As a company, we try to serve startups, founders, and investors through our main annual Slush event as well as our products: startup media Soaked by Slush, online community Node by Slush, and our smaller global events Slush’D.
The pillars of Slush now and in the future are centered around the concept of Entrepreneurship Redefined. While our whitepaper is a long read, we reckon it’s absolutely worth it.
At its core, it looks at how we aim to connect founders with what and whom they need while building a new, inclusive, and more purposeful culture of entrepreneurship.
This is because we fully believe our actions as a society over the next decade will determine the course of humanity for generations to come. Entrepreneurs building scalable solutions will be at the core of creating the solutions that will make that future a bright one.
Here’s a closer look at the systemic problems we aim to tackle through our events, products, and initiatives:
Diversity & inclusion in technology & the startup ecosystem
We are committed to tackling issues like biases, harassment, and the homogenous concept of what a “founder” is (the three-men-in-a-garage epitome is a thing of the past).
We work to encourage and guide companies to acknowledge their greater responsibility not only to shareholders but to the planet, society, and their employees.
We want to inspire the current and future generations to tackle complex problems and collide people from different areas of expertise.
We believe entrepreneurship is the most efficient way to create human progress. We need more builders. At the same time, building companies is hard.
Therefore, we think our role is three-fold: inspire, help and collide.
- Inspire the current and future generations to solve hard and complex challenges
- Help these people to build
- Ensure that these people meet each other
In other words, we want to create and help founders to change the world.
You can find our values here.