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General

What is Slush about?

Slush is a student-driven, not-for-profit movement with the mission to create and help the next generation of groundbreaking entrepreneurs.originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship.

Slush has grown from a single event in Helsinki to a one-of-a-kind community and series of events organized all around the world. We throw smaller gatherings from Singapore to NYC and bigger events in Finland, Japan, and China. All in the name of uniting the tech communities to solve the most meaningful problems of our time.

In 2018, over 3,100 startups, 1,800 investors, and 650 journalists from over 130 countries gathered to Slush in Helsinki to kick it with like-minded tech-heads while experiencing the phenomenal atmosphere. The event features two days full of stage program, in addition to several side events, talks at networking sessions, roundtable discussions and facilitated workshops. Our speaker line-up includes successful founders, top-notch investors, and other startup and tech influencers.

Read more about us here.

Where is Slush Helsinki organized?

Slush is organized in Helsinki Expo and Convention Center.

Address: Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki

Helsinki Expo and Convention Center is located just a few kilometers from the Helsinki city center – you’ll be able to arrive to the venue within 15 minutes from all around the city.

Where to stay during Slush?
For accommodation during Slush we’d recommend hotels close to the Helsinki central railway station, from there it’s only a 5 min train ride to Pasila which is the closest station to the venue Helsinki Exhibition center (address Messuaukio 1 Helsinki).

Booking a hotel for Slush last minute?

Don’t worry. Helsinki is famous for its excellent public transportation that is both very reliable and easy to navigate. You can easily book a hotel in most of Helsinki, Espoo or Vantaa.

The closest train station to the Slush venue (Helsinki Exhibition Center, address: Messuaukio 1, Helsinki) is Pasila, which is a 5 min train ride from Helsinki Central Railway Station, but easily accessible from most of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa. Plus, if you prefer a taxi, we never have traffic jams in Helsinki.

Some tips for finding last minute accommodation:

  • Airport hotels  are a good option, as there’s a direct 20 min train to Pasila (closest train station from the venue)
  • Check out Airbnb as well.
  • Find about your local Slush Facebook and Telegram groups – there’s always people looking to share accommodation.
When does the event start?

Slush is organized on Nov 21–22, in Helsinki. The agenda and schedule will be published later this fall.

Doors open at 8 am and the stage program runs from 10 am to 6 pm on both event days.

How can I get to the venue?

The venue Messukeskus is located in Pasila, just a few kilometers from the Helsinki city center. The address is Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki. Messukeskus is served by excellent transport connections in all directions: the easiest being one stop by train from Helsinki Central Railway station.

We highly recommend that all guests use public transportation.

More information on transportation here.

Is Slush venue accessible by wheelchair?

The venue is fully accessible by wheelchair, with the exception of the Sauna Village.

You can find more information about accessibility in the venue at the Convention Centre’s website.

The entry is free for the personal assistants of disabled persons. When arriving to the venue, please visit the ticket helpdesk next to the badge claim point to claim the ticket.

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome at Slush.

 

Where is the closest airport?

Helsinki Airport is our local airport where all the flights to Helsinki will land. It is located 20 kilometers away from Helsinki city center with excellent bus, train and taxi connections. The airport has been voted as the second best airport in Europe. Check out more information from the airport website.

How can I become a partner?

Get in touch, and let’s figure out what we can do together: [email protected].

Read more about our partners here.

What is the Matchmaking Tool?

Slush Matchmaking Tool is our in-house built tool, that gives you an opportunity to book meetings with the most relevant people for you. Access to Matchmaking is included in all of our ticket types.

Read more about Matchmaking here.

Where can I see Slush Code of Conduct?

You can find our Slush Code of Conduct here.

We want Slush to be a 100% positive experience for all of our attendees from the beginning till the end. This is why we do not accept any kind of disrespectful behavior at any of our events. Let’s make sure that all of us can have a great time regardless of what we look like, where we come from and who we are.

Can I bring my kid to Slush?

Kids are welcome to Slush. Please keep in mind that all our attendees need to get their own pass. This is also in the case of children (except small babies under the age of 2).

STARTUPS & SCALEUPS

Who can apply for a Startup Pass?

Startup Pass is for young, often tech-driven, companies aiming for rapid growth with a scalable business model. We accept startup applications by hand and look through them case-by-case.

The pass requires an application.

Once your application has been accepted, you can buy this ticket type. Please remember that each team member needs their own ticket to attend.

Who can apply for a Scaleup Pass?

Scaleup Pass is for high-growth companies that have already found product-market fit and are now rapidly scaling their operations. We accept scaleup applications by hand and look through them case-by-case; a typical scaleup attending Slush Helsinki 2019 has revenue of +10M $, has already raised +20M $ in total funding and has YoY growth rate of +100%.

The pass requires an application.

Once your application has been accepted, you can buy this ticket type. Please remember that each team member needs their own ticket to attend.

How can I apply for the Slush 100 pitching competition?

You can apply to Slush 100 Pitching Competition at the same time when filling in your Startup application. The deadline for the applications is October the 18th.

Slush 100 Pitching Competition is organized to help the ones that are in the very center of Slush – the early-stage startups.

The pre-qualification rounds take place on Nov 20, 2019, and the startups with the best pitch and potential continue the competition at Slush main event, on the grandest stages in front of thousands of visitors.

What is a Demo Booth and how can I apply for one?

Hundreds of startups have the opportunity to showcase their product at Demo Booths at the designated Startup District, in the heart of the venue.

You can apply for a Demo Booth at the same time when filling in your startup application.

The price for Demo Booth is €895 and Demo Booths are for one event day. The price of a Demo Booth does not include ticket(s) for participants from your company.

What is Founders Day?

Founders Day is an exclusive event designed and organized to cater only startups and founders attending Slush. It gives you the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs prior to the event, before diving into the two hectic days of Slush.

In addition to mingling with other founders, the program consists of roundtable discussions, workshops and speed mentoring from an impressive array of startup veterans and top-level founders.

Founders Day will take place on Nov 20, 2019 – a day before Slush.

Registration to the roundtables and workshops will open closer to the event for all the startups and scaleup founders registered for Slush Helsinki 2019.

What is Showcase Studio?

Showcase Studio is an intimate space for selected startups and scaleups to let their product shine live on stage. At the Studio, pitching is cut off and focus is solely in product demonstrations, emphasizing the journey behind the development. Thanks to industry-based batches the audience is filled with relevant investors, partners and customers.

You can apply for the Showcase Studio at the same time when filling in your startup or scaleup application.

INVESTORS

Who can apply for an Investor Pass?

Investor Pass is for investors who make direct investments in startups or venture capital funds – VCs, CVCs, Angels, LPs and M&A Investors.

What is Investor Day?

Investor Day is an exclusive event designed and organized for investors attending Slush. The event brings all relevant actors from the investment scene under one roof to form new connections and discuss the next big thing within the industry.

Investor Day will take place on Nov 20 – a day before Slush.

TICKETS

How can I get a Slush Pass?

You can get your Slush Pass HERE!

What is included in different ticket types?

Check what’s included in each ticket type and choose yours on Ticket page!

Please note that Startup Pass, Scaleup Pass and Investor Pass require an application.

How can I pay my ticket?

Slush uses Stripe Payments Europe Ltd for payment processing, which accepts payments from credit cards with global payment options (Visa, MasterCard & American Express).

If you wish to pay through invoice, please contact [email protected].

Where can I find my tickets?

You can see your tickets by logging into platform.slush.org.

If the ticket has been assigned to you by someone else, you have received a confirmation email about this. Then, when logging in, use that specific email address, in which you have received the confirmation.

Where can I change ticket information?

You can assign tickets and change ticket information by logging into platform.slush.org.

Do I need to print my ticket?

All Slush tickets are electronic. You don’t have to print any documents with you to access the Slush venue.

When collecting your Slush Badge, you will only need a valid ID with you.

Can I transfer my ticket to another person?

Yes, you can assign your ticket to another person by logging into platform.slush.org.

Please note that this is possible only before the event when the Badge hasn’t yet been printed out.

Is there a possibility for a refund if I am not able to come?

Unfortunately, the tickets are not refundable. This also applies in cases of illness.

If you can find someone who can attend the event instead of you, it’s possible to transfer the ticket to another person as long as the change has been before the event. You can transfer your ticket to another person by logging in to platform.slush.org.

When and where can I collect my Slush badge?

Even if you have purchased your ticket beforehand, you need to collect your Slush Badge from the Badge Claim points to have access to the Slush venue. You can collect your Slush Badge from any of the Pre-Badge Claim points before Slush, or at latest from the venue entrance. We highly recommend claiming your badge in advance.

Check out the pre badge claim locations and opening hours here.

MEDIA

Who can get a Media Pass?

Slush Media Passes are for journalists / editorial members of the press only.

Communications and PR professionals, bloggers and non-editorial employees of media companies are kindly advised to get Attendee Pass.

Where can I find photos from Slush?

All Slush photos can be found here.

You may use the photos for free when mentioning credits to the photographers and the name of the event. Publications, articles, and all non-commercial Slush-related usage of the photos is allowed when crediting the photographer and mentioning that the photo is from Slush.

You are not allowed to edit the photos nor to use them for commercial purposes. If you want to use the photos for commercial use, contact [email protected]

What is Press Event?

Press Event is a gathering for journalists attending Slush, organized in the evening of November 20, a day before Slush.

The event will give you a sneak peek to upcoming event days, story tips, highlights of our program and other information to help you make the most out of your visit to Slush.