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An event exclusive to journalists attending Slush. Media Day brings together media representatives from around the globe and gives a kickstart to the upcoming event days full of breaking stories.

Slush 2022 brings together 400 media representatives, the storytellers of the startup ecosystem, to Helsinki in November.

Media Day is an evening gathering for media only, giving a headstart on the event days already a day before Slush kicks off. When it comes to networking with the brightest people shaping the media industry, this is the room you want to get into.

Media Day focuses on opening discussions on the ever-changing media landscape and the art of storytelling. Therefore in addition to networking, expect to hear a media-focused stage program concentrating on themes and topics relevant to media.


On the evening of Nov 16, 2022 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm


Tiivistämö, Suvilahti.

Access & Registration

This event is for Media Pass holders only. Register for Media Day here

Submit your Media Application prior to registering for Media Day


4:30 pm – Doors open

  • Finger food & drinks are served

5:30 – 6:00 pm – Harry Stebbings (20VC) & Tom Hulme (GV)

  • Break 10 min

6:10 – 6:40 pm – Amy Lewin (Sifted) & Kia Kokalitcheva (Axios)

6:40 – 8:00 pm – Networking, drinks & food

8:00 pm – Goodbyes & event closes

The endlessly talented DJ & artist, Liskokuningatar, will be treating the crowd with her unique sound at Media Day.


Harry Stebbings
Founder, 20VC

Harry Stebbings

Founder, 20VC

Harry Stebbings is Founder of 20VC, one of the largest media assets in venture and startups, now with over $175M in AUM. Harry’s Twenty Minute VC podcast series reaches some 700,000 subscribers and has 120 million downloads to date.

Harry started 20VC podcast with not a single contact in VC. The first episode was released in January 2015. 7 years later Harry has now released 2750 episodes, with more than 1.3M plays per show. He is ranked one of the top solo capitalists in 3Q21. At 22 years old Harry was the youngest to make the list on the Forbes Finance 30 Under 30 in Europe.

Prior to 20VC Harry was Partner at Stride VC a firm he co-founded in 2018. Harry then went on to launch his venture capital fund, 20VC in May 2020. Harry raised two 20VC funds, a $33m early-stage fund, and another $107m growth fund, which he leads as a solo general partner.


About 20VC
Founded: 2014  |  HQ: United Kingdom |  Industry: Venture Capital Media

Amy Lewin
Editor, Sifted

Amy Lewin

Editor, Sifted

Amy is Editor at Sifted, the media platform for Europe’s startups, backed by the Financial Times. She leads Sifted’s team of journalists, cohosts Sifted’s weekly podcast and coauthors Sifted’s weekly VC newsletter, dabbles in reporting on startups and VC and regularly appears onstage at top industry events across the continent.

Before joining Sifted as its first employee, she was Features Editor at print magazine Courier, also covering startups.


Tom Hulme
General Partner and Head of Europe, Google Ventures (GV)

Tom Hulme

General Partner and Head of Europe, Google Ventures (GV)

Tom is General Partner and Head of Europe of Google Ventures. He brings an innate curiosity to startups across fintech, enterprise, science, and consumer applications. Tom joined GV in 2014 to found the European office.

Previously, Tom was design director at IDEO, where he ran the firm’s startup efforts globally and founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform on which over 300,000 users from more than 170 countries solve social good challenges.

Tom has led early stage investments in companies including GoCardless, Lemonade (NYSE), Snyk, Scandit, Currency Cloud (acquired by Visa), Nothing, Vaccitech (NASDAQ), Blockchain, Multiverse, and Genesis Global.

Tom earned a first-class bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction. He also received an honorary doctorate in Design from the University of the Arts London.


About GV
Founded: 2009  |  HQ: United States  |  Stage:  Seed-Growth

Kia Kokalitcheva
Reporter, Axios

Kia Kokalitcheva

Reporter, Axios

Kia Kokalitcheva is a technology and business reporter at Axios, based in San Francisco. She covers venture capital, technology, startups, and Silicon Valley. She was previously at Fortune and VentureBeat, also covering the technology industry and startups, mostly with a focus on the “on-demand economy” and venture capital.

She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political economy.



Track 1: People-driven business environment

Date: Nov 16

Time: 9 am – 3 pm

Access: Apply here

Participating companies:


Topic: The happiest nation in the world has also created a company that is on a mission to create a happy and healthy elderhood. Founded in 2018, Gubbe connects the elderly with young adults who visit and help with tasks such as housework. In the process, Gubbe made elderly care trendy among young people and has since expanded from Finland to Sweden and to the U.K.

Supercell and RELEX Solutions

Topic: Raising some of the biggest funding rounds in the Nordics while also fostering creativity and an exceptional company culture. Supercell (makers of mobile games e.g. Clash of Clans and Brawl Stars and valued at $10.2B) and RELEX Solutions (supply chain and retail planning platform who raised €500M this year) have established their positions as key players in the Finnish business environment, and both have come up with ways to attract and retain international talent.


Topic: Swappie, the fastest growing startup in Europe according to Financial Times, is on a mission to make refurbished phones mainstream, and, at the same time, empower everyone to help achieve long term sustainability for the environment. By buying used iPhones and selling refurbished devices, Swappie is leading the development of the circular economy in the tech industry.

In the evening: Dinner and sauna at Hanaholmen, surrounded by the Helsinkian Archipelago

Track 2: How to design better societies through deep tech

Date: Nov 16

Time: 9:20 am – 3:00 pm

Access: Apply here

Participating companies:

Cornerstone by Zoan

Topic: A deeper look into Metaverse, its possibilities in different industries and how companies could benefit from it. Introduction will be done by Zoan, who creates virtual worlds, events and content. One of the worlds they’ve created is Cornerstone, a hyper-realistic, boundless world that resides deep in the metaverse.

IQM and

Topic: Finland is one of the fastest growing quantum ecosystems in the world and also hosts an on-premises quantum computer for commercial use. IQM, a leader in quantum computing, will showcase their quantum hardware facilities, latest quantum processor and its possibilities. Joined by Ilkka Kivimäki from, who invested in IQM, the visit will also cover the societal role of quantum technology and the quantum race in Europe, China and US.

Onego Bio

Topic: Future of foodtech – what are we eating in 10 years? Onego Bio – led by Maija Itkonen, the creator of Pulled Oats – is producing egg whites without chickens through cellular agriculture. Will these kinds of solutions be common in a decade, and can people change their eating habits?

Marimekko and Spinnova

Topic: Next-gen materials have become the new black in fashion, and a number of solutions are coming from Finland. Finnish design house Marimekko and sustainable material company Spinnova have worked together to test, develop, and commercialize new, wood-based materials since 2017. Their first commercial collaboration capsule collection launched in August 2022. A visit to Marimekko’s textile printing factory will offer a glimpse into the collaboration and, more importantly, explain why partnerships are needed in the mission to bring new materials closer to the consumer.

In the evening: Dinner and sauna at Hanaholmen, surrounded by the Helsinkian Archipelago

Track 3: Founders and VCs as nextdoor neighbors

Date: Nov 16

Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Access: Apply here

The day will be spent at Maria 01

Maria01 is the Nordics leading startup campus, where startups, investors, larger enterprises, and startup ecosystem organisations work as next-door neighbors. We’ll begin with a tour of the place that embodies Finland’s entrepreneurial community including a short history of Helsinki startup ecosystem.

Lunch with VC companies

Meet the investors and stakeholders of VCs in Finland. What is the current state of mind of VCs in the Nordics and why are they looking into topics like sustainability and climate when deciding on funding? A look into the most promising startups in Finland from a VC point of view.

Finnish Venture Capital Association

What is the latest data from Finnish startup funding and changes seen after the pandemic? FVCA, the voice of VC and PE community and the largest VC association in the Nordics shares the current market intelligence.

Helsinki Innovation Services

Finland is a university country that has fostered multiple research-based startups. Helsinki Innovation Services Ltd., owned by the University of Helsinki, combines scientific expertise with knowledge of business development, and thus, can provide an overview of the commercialization path from research to business.

In the evening: Dinner and sauna at Hanaholmen, surrounded by the Helsinkian Archipelago