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Our startup track is tailored for young, often tech-driven, companies aiming for rapid growth with a scalable business model. Whether you’re looking for investors, customers, talent, media or advisors, we’ve got them all lined up in Slush Helsinki.
Slush Helsinki is the largest gathering of venture capital in the world, attracting 2,000 key investors searching for the next breakout company. Last year more than 10,000 pre-booked investor-startup meetings took place at the event. If you fancy a seat at those tables, just use our Matchmaking Tool to find the most relevant investors and book a meeting with them. Over $200 billion in assets under management are just one click away.
Check out some of the previous investors who’ve paid us a visit.
Niklas Zennström is CEO and Founding Partner at Atomico. He is an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur, having previously co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa and Joltid.
In 2006, Niklas founded the venture capital firm, Atomico, to help entrepreneurs, primarily from Europe, to scale their businesses globally. Atomico has partnered with and supported a growing number of highly successful technology companies, including Supercell, Klarna, Rovio, ofo and many more. It raised its fourth fund in 2016, which was the largest independent venture capital fund ever raised in Europe. In addition to overseeing Atomico’s strategy, he works closely with a number of founders of portfolio companies and sits on the boards of Rovio, Mapillary, Pipedrive, Lilium and Farmdrop. Niklas is most excited about founders that are solving major world problems using digital technology.
Prior to Atomico, Niklas co-founded Skype, which became the first truly global category winning online company to be founded outside the US. He has also co-founded and managed other globally successful technology businesses, including Kazaa and Joltid. Niklas helps support the European tech ecosystem as President of the European Tech Alliance (EUTA), a group of fast-growing tech companies that have all been built in Europe.
In 2007, he co-founded Zennström Philanthropies with his wife, Catherine. They invest strategically in two areas: human rights and the environment. Niklas focuses primarily on sustainability projects, supporting organisations that are tackling issues such as climate change and the state of the oceans. The foundation is also funding a professorship at Uppsala University to establish an academic environment focused on climate change leadership.
Niklas also founded the Race for the Baltic, a foundation for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea, one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world.
Juliet de Baubigny
Juliet de Baubigny joined Kleiner Perkins in 2001 as one of Silicon Valley’s first venture capital partners focused on leveraging the firm’s broad network and deep relationships to help entrepreneurs recruit the best talent and build iconic companies. Juliet is sought after by entrepreneurs for her expansive global network and strategic guidance in the areas of human capital strategy including executive leadership, talent, recruiting, compensation, corporate governance and team building.
Throughout her career, Juliet has contributed to building high-performance management teams at companies including Google, Amazon, DocuSign, Bloom Energy, Shazam, Chegg and One Kings Lane. At Kleiner Perkins, Juliet has led the development of several key initiatives including Kleiner Perkins Women Leaders (KPWL), an initiative aimed at mentoring and developing the next generation of female entrepreneurs, and the Kleiner Perkins Fellows Program, a program that brings the most talented engineering, design, and product management students into Kleiner Perkins portfolio companies. Juliet is a frequent contributor to Fortune as a Fortune Most Powerful Women Insider. She also appears often on Bloomberg TV, where she is an expert on Silicon Valley’s “War for Talent” as well as on millennials in the workplace, women in technology, and developing cultures of innovation.
Before joining Kleiner Perkins, Juliet was a managing director of Ramsey Beirne Associates, a leading provider of executive searches to high-growth, leading-edge companies. Earlier in her career, Juliet was a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm where she led CEOand VP level searches. Juliet began her career with Procter & Gamble in the United Kingdom.
Juliet earned her bachelor’s degree in business from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom, where she also serves as a member of the Advisory Board. Juliet is also a passionate champion of innovation in philanthropy, contributing to leading organizations such as Product (RED), acting as an advisory board member for the Global Citizen and CHIME FOR CHANGE Girls’ and Women’s Committee, serving as co-chair for both CHIMEHACK and CHIMEHACK II, and most recently, co-founding Beyond Type 1, an organization focused on finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.
Rich Wong joined Accel as a partner in 2006 and focuses on software, internet services and mobile technologies.
Rich led the investments and currently serves on the Boards of Atlassian (TEAM), Checkr, Instabug, Nextbit, Osmo, Qwilt, Sunrun (RUN), and Tune. Rich also led Accel’s investment in Rovio.
Rich previously led Accel’s investments in Airwatch (acquired by VMWare), MoPub (acquired by Twitter), Admob (acquired by Google), Dealer.com (acquired by Cox), Parature (acquired by Microsoft), Swiftkey (acquired by Microsoft) and 3LM (acquired by Motorola).
He was the first outside Board member and lead investor in Atlassian, Checkr, MoPub, Tune, and 3LM.
He has been actively involved in the mobile and broadband ecosystems for more than a decade, having served as SVP of products for mobile pioneer, Openwave Systems and CMO of Covad Communications. Rich started his career as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and at McKinsey.
Rich grew up in Santa Rosa, California and has a Materials Science & Engineering degree and Master in Management from MIT.
Sonali De Rycker
Sonali De Rycker focuses on consumer, software and financial services businesses.
She led Accel’s investments in Avito (acquired by Naspers), Lyst, Spotify, Wallapop, KupiVIP, Calastone, Catawiki, JobToday, Shift Technology, SilverRail (acquired by Expedia) , Kry and Soldo. Prior to Accel, Sonali was with Atlas Ventures.
Sonali grew up in Mumbai and graduated from Bryn Mawr College and Harvard Business School.
Neil Rimer co-founded Index Ventures in Geneva in 1996.
His vision was to support the most ambitious entrepreneurs, bringing Silicon Valley-style investing to Europe at a time when “venture capital” was still a new term outside the US. As he recalled in a Financial Times interview: “We started every meeting with a slide that was literally ‘What is VC?’”
20 years on, while staying true to its European roots, Index has become one of the world’s leading venture capital firms, with principal offices in London and San Francisco. So far, the firm has raised $7.25 billion and has more than 160 companies in its portfolio.
Today, Neil works with entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic, among them the founders of Deliveroo, Funding Circle, Roblox and Typeform. He previously led Index investments in companies including Betfair, Climate, Supercell and Trello.
Born in Montreal, Neil graduated in History and Economics at Stanford, and gained an MBA from Harvard Business School. He spent four years with Montgomery Securities in San Francisco, and joined Index Securities in 1990 – the predecessor to Index Ventures. Neil is also on the board of the non-profit, non-governmental organization, Human Rights Watch.
Hemant Taneja joined General Catalyst in 2001, the year when the firm launched its Silicon Valley office. Now Hemant is the Managing Director. He invests in founders with authentic missions that have the potential to change entire industries. His investment thesis, known as “economies of unscale,” describes the belief that small, tightly focused companies can leverage web services, datasets, and AI to successfully launch and compete against much larger, more established competitors. His book, Unscaled, explores this thesis in depth and is due out in early 2018.
Hemant’s current investment portfolio ranges across the fields of medicine, finance, and education, including companies such as Stripe, Snapchat, Color Genomics, Gusto, Livongo Health, TuneIn, ClassDojo, Fundbox, Digit, Fractyl, Grammarly, and Gridco Systems.
Alongside his venture work, he has co-founded Advanced Energy Economy, a public policy advocacy group focused on advanced energy solutions and serves on the board of directors of the non-profit education organization Khan Academy. Hemant holds five degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been a lecturer at both MIT and Stanford University.
Ranked #31 out of 100 top tech investors on Forbes’s 2018 Midas List, Rebecca Lynn is a General Partner at Canvas. She focuses on early-stage venture investments in AI, FinTech, digital health, SaaS, and mobile. Rebecca led Canvas’s investments in Casetext, Figure Eight, Gabi, HealthLoop, Roofstock, and Vida Health, and currently sits on the boards of each. She also led Canvas’s investment in Luminar, 11 Honore, as well as, FutureAdvisor which was acquired by BlackRock.
In 2007, Rebecca joined Morgenthaler Ventures and continues to serve on the boards of that firm’s portfolio companies. She led an early-stage investment in Lending Club (NYSE: LC), which was the largest US technology IPO of 2014 and the fourth largest US Internet IPO since 2001 behind Facebook, Twitter, and Google. She also led investments in Check (acquired by Intuit), RelateIQ (acquired by Salesforce), Doximity, Practice Fusion, and Convo. Rebecca is a board member of Lending Club, Doximity, Convo, and a board observer of Adara Media and Socrata.
Rebecca is a native of the Midwest, born and raised in Missouri and worked in Ohio for her first job out of college. She began her career at Procter and Gamble’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati where she launched new products internationally. She is active on the boards of the Economic Innovation Group (EIG), UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck, and Signature Innovation Fellows.
Scott Stanford is a Managing Director at Sherpa Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm he co-founded with Shervin Pishevar in March 2013. Sherpa Capital is an investor in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Munchery, ipsy, Shyp, Stance, Rent the Runway, PillPack, Doctor on Demand and Cue Health. Scott serves on the Board of Directors of Curology, ipsy, Luka and Shyp.
Scott has been focused on the Internet / technology sector for over 20 years as an advisor, operator and investor. Prior to co-founding Sherpa Capital, Scott co-headed Goldman Sachs’s Global Internet Investment Banking business based in San Francisco. In his twelve years at Goldman he advised clients on $80 billion of equity and debt financings and strategic transactions and was deeply involved in making approximately $1.6 billion of principal investments in companies like Facebook, Uber, DST/Mail.ru and LinkedIn. His client coverage responsibility included companies such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Groupon, Zillow, Airbnb, Uber and many other established and emerging technology-enabled companies.
Prior to Goldman, Scott was an early employee of LookSmart, where he helped build the company from a start-up to a publicly traded NASDAQ company. During his tenure he held several technical, product, financial and strategic management positions including running eCommerce, Product and Development, Strategy and Corporate Development and Business Development.
While in business school, Scott coded prototype applications for two start-up ideas, one focusing on community service and the other focusing on automating and prototyping core financial analysis. He has been coding since the age of thirteen.
Scott received his A.B. with Honors from Harvard College (Social Studies) and M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Vishal Vasishth has co-founded Obvious Ventures with Evan Williams and James Joaquin. Obvious Ventures invests in world positive technology companies across three themes: Sustainable Systems, Healthy Living & People Power. Most recently Vishal was the founding partner of SONG Investment Advisors, an India- based fund backed by Soros Economic Development Fund, Omidyar Network and Google. He also served as a senior executive at Steve Case’s Revolution, LLC and as Chief Strategy Officer at Patagonia, a leading multichannel retailer of outdoor and active lifestyle products in the US.
Vishal has demonstrated track record of operating and investing both in USA and Asia and creating value across diverse consumer oriented businesses. He was selected as a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly, both fellowships that recognize value-based leaders. Vishal earned a B. Tech degree in India, a Master’s degree in Sciences from North Carolina State University and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Vishal grew up in the fast growing city of Chandigarh, India.
Sophia Bendz is an Executive in Residence at Atomico. Based in Stockholm, she advises founders on communications and marketing strategy and scaling their brand. As an active player in Stockholm’s startup scene, Sophia also helps with sourcing and the evaluation of new investment opportunities.
Sophia was the Global Marketing Director at Spotify from 2007-2014, where she built out a strong consumer brand from scratch, while launching and marketing the service globally. Today she is an active angel investor and advisor to startups, and serves as a Board Director at Avanza, Kindred Group and non-profit organization Race For The Baltic. She is also a co-founder of non-profit foundation AllBright.se and has invested in start up’s such as Tictail, Clue, DogBuddy, Shim, Joints Academy, Search Inc, Bokio, DigiExam, Greta.io, Scout, Brighten, Prion, Simple Feast, and Sana Labs.
With hands on experience from building a brand, launching a product in 56+ markets and growing a team across different continents Sophia can relate to the joy and stress of life as an entrepreneur. The insights and experiences from her years at Spotify is something she’s happy to share as well as insights from the VC world on how to go about raising funds.
Sophia believes in working with people who share the same set of values and want to improve the world through innovation.
Vinod Khosla is an entrepreneur, investor, and technology fan. He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, focused on impactful clean technology and information technology investments. Mr. Khosla was a co-founder of Daisy systems and founding CEO of Sun Microsystems where he pioneered open systems and commercial RISC processors. One of Mr. Khosla’s greatest passions is being a mentor to entrepreneurs, assisting entrepreneurs and helping them build technology based businesses. Mr. Khosla is driven by the desire to make positive impact through scaling alternative energy, achieving petroleum independence, and promoting a pragmatic approach to the environment. He is also passionate about Social Entrepreneurship. Vinod holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from IIT, New Delhi, a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business
I’m a cofounder of about.me & Sphere. I’m also a Partner at True Ventures where I get to work with amazingly talented founders from companies like WordPress, MakerBot, HODINKEE, High Fidelity, Connectifier, Glowforge, Typekit, Pluralsight, GrowthHackers & Blue Bottle Coffee. I’m a personal investor in WordPress, Slack, Lowercase Capital, Ne Timeas (Flour+Water, Trick Dog, Salumeria, Central Kitchen), Samovar and August. I’m a board member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, an advisor to SF based Noise Pop and a T40 National Co-Chair of Technology for Obama. I genuinely have parking karma but my drip coffee skills are a bit overrated. I do communicate well with animals, I’m a sometimes triathlete, a Cubs fan, former bowler, wannabee surfer, lover of languages, art and architecture. I grew up in a small Indiana farming community. Since, l’ve lived in New York, New Delhi, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris and San Francisco. I’ve worked a lot of jobs not listed on my resume including short stints as a baseball umpire, basketball camp counselor, pharmacy stock person, high school sports reporter, book bindery glue machine operator, janitor, college newspaper ad salesman & yogurt merchandiser to name a few. It’s been an exciting journey so far!
Albert Wenger is a Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures. He lead the firm’s investments in Etsy and Twilio and serves on the boards of Clarifai, Blockstack, Foursquare and Shippo among others. Albert is writing a book about the future at http://worldaftercapital.org.
Mood Rowghani is a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins. He focuses on growth-stage investments from the firm’s $1 billion Digital Growth Fund. His current investments include Uber, Slack, Stripe, Ring, Stance, Square, SoundCloud, and Docusign. His exited investments include Waze (sold to Google), LendingClub (NASDAQ: LC), Dropcam (sold to Google), and MyFitnessPal (sold to UnderArmour).
Mood previously led the Internet & Media practice at Summit Partners, a $4 billion global venture capital and private equity firm. He also held positions at Highland Capital and McKinsey & Company.
Kat Manalac is a partner at Y Combinator and originally joined as its first Director of Outreach. Kat focuses on finding great entrepreneurs for the program. Prior to YC, Kat worked as Chief of Staff to Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit and head of the nonprofit Breadpig. Before that, she was at WIRED Magazine. Kat attended Northwestern University where she studied communications and worked with the university’s Web Use Project. Kat was born in the Philippines and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Manu Gupta is a partner at Lakestar. Lakestar is a global venture capital firm, having raised $550m in three years to invest in technology businesses worldwide. Lakestar has invested into market leading companies such as Spotify, Facebook, Airbnb, King.com, Klarna, Skype, Oscar Healthcare, Harry’s Shaving, as well as many earlier stage companies in the U.S. and Europe. Recent investments or board representations include Opendoor, SOFI, GoEuro, Algomi, Taulia, Aetion, Tictail, Lenda as well as historically being involved with exits of Maker Studios, BrandsExclusive, Markafoni, Casacanda, GLG, Clickon Brazil.
Prior to Lakestar, Manu was Head of the European Internet coverage effort at Goldman Sachs, covering Europe, India, and consulting for Brazil. His career started in Silicon Valley as a Product Manager at Oracle, and coding in the first versions of Java at Sun Microsystems.
Manu received an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Honors in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley. He’s lived in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London & Zurich.
Bo Ilsoe has more than two decades of experience in venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development as well as sales and marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore, he comes with a global view to business. Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world. At NGP, he has driven investments in Deliveroo, Moovit, GetYourGuide, Heptagon, Fyber and many more.
Harry is the Managing Partner of Omers Ventures, a €300 million fund aimed at European technology startups. Prior to Omers Ventures, Harry was a Founding Partner of BGF Ventures, an early-stage venture fund, focused on UK technology companies. Before BGF, Harry was a Principal at Balderton Capital, one of Europe’s leading venture firms, where he initiated investments such as The Hut Group, Revolut, GoCardless, Lyst, Touch Surgery, Magic Pony and Appear Here. Harry was the youngest investor to make it into the first Midas List Europe as one of Europe’s “25 best venture capitalists” in 2017.
Michael Treskow is a Partner at Eight Roads Ventures, focusing on venture and growth investments in technology companies across Europe. By combining a collaborative approach with the strength and resources of a global network and a 50-year history of investing, Eight Roads helps companies across the globe accelerate their growth and become leaders in their field.
Previously, Michael was at Accel in London, where he was involved with companies such as Celonis, ClusterHQ, Funding Circle, GoCardless, Packlink, Qubit, Semmle, Shift Technology, SpaceApe, Trufa, WeaveWorks and WorldRemit.
Originally from Russia, Michael lived for 10 years in Berlin, before spending another 10+ years in the US. He received a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz.
Arlan entered the venture investing world from an unconventional path. Before launching Backstage Capital, she authored the groundbreaking blog “Your Daily Lesbian Moment”, which she grew to a monthly readership of 50,000 fans worldwide. She has written for AOL, SuicideGirls, and Curve Magazine, and founded and published the internationally distributed indie magazine Interlude. Arlan was also a live music production professional, having served as a tour coordinator to numerous international artists including Toni Braxton, and Jason Derulo.
In 2018, Arlan co-founded, along with Investment Partner Christie Pitts, Backstage Studio, a new venture studio designed to build products, services, and initiatives that serve the mission of eliminating underrepresentation in tech by empowering founders and their teams to succeed. Backstage is a fully-remote team that has quickly scaled to 17 employees working together with an ever-expanding roster of world-class mentors and partners. Arlan and Backstage Studio were the subjects of Season 7 of the popular Gimlet Media podcast, StartUp.
Prior to joining EQT Ventures, Hjalmar Winbladh supported EQT Partners for several years as key Industrial Advisor with the TMT segment. Hjalmar founded SendIt in 1994, one of world’s first developers of mobile internet technology including world’s first clouded mobile mail service, having patents for underlying technology for MMS etc. In 1997 SendIt listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and was later acquired by Microsoft in 1999. Hjalmar has been a Board member at Springer Science and is currently Chairman of the Board at Sportradar. Hjalmar has also previously founded Rebtel (a leading independent mobile voice over IP company), Epidemic Sound, Sinch and Wrapp.
Brent Hoberman is chairman and co-founder of Founders Factory, an ambitious corporate backed incubator/accelerator based in London, and also of Founders Forum, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow. Brent is a co-founder and was founding chairman of Smartup, Grip & made.com, a leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer. Most recently, Brent co-founded firstminute capital, a London-based pan-European seed fund, backed by some of the world’s top entrepreneurs. Brent co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998, was CEO from its inception and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. Technology businesses he has co-founded have raised over $500m.
Brent sits on the Advisory board for LetterOne Technology (a $16bn investment fund) and the UK Government Digital Advisory Board. He is a board member of The Economist, a YGL and one of the Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassadors. Brent was awarded a CBE for services to entrepreneurship in the 2015 New Year’s Honour’s List.
Toby Coppel is a Co-founder and partner at Mosaic Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm focused on early stage investing across Europe. Toby has been investing and operating in internet startups since 1996. He began his investment career at Allen & Company, before starting his first investment firm. He joined Yahoo!’s new management team in 2001 and spent 6 years as Yahoo!’s Chief Strategy Officer, leading over $5 billion of investments and acquisitions including $1 billion into Alibaba. Following that, both as an angel and alongside Richard Branson and Virgin, he made investments including 3DRobotics, CreativeLive, Criteo, Indiegogo, Pinterest, and Transferwise. At Mosaic, Toby is thematically focused on blockchain and next-generation finance, as well as digital health and marketplaces, and works closely with our portfolio companies Blockchain, habito, and Teemo. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard University, and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Lu Zhang is the Founding and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund ( A.K.A. NewGen Capital). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She participated in over 20 investments and assist M&A of the portfolios. Lu was also the Founder and CEO of a start-up focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012).
Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds several patents. She is an advisor and mentor to several innovative programs and incubators in Silicon Valley. Lu has won numerous awards and is frequently invited to speak at events. She was awarded the Forbes US 30 under 30 & Featured as the Honoree of VC category. In addition, she was awarded the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 of Finance category in the same year. Her most recent award is the T&C 50 Modern Swans Influencer, representing top female entrepreneurs in US.
Dan Brody is Managing Director of Tencent Investments, responsible for overseas investments. He previously served as Vice President for Tencent’s Interactive Entertainment Group where he was involved in working on licensing games for China and making investments in Western gaming companies. Previously, Dan served a variety of executive management roles with Spotify, Tudou, Google, Motorola, USITO, and several startups. Dan has lived in China since graduating from Georgetown University in 1996, and as a former Mandarin translator.
Neil Mehta is the Founder and a Managing Partner of Greenoaks Capital. Greenoaks is a leading investment firm focused on internet and technology businesses. Greenoaks makes concentrated, long-term investments in enduring businesses globally. Greenoaks investments include companies such as Clover Health and Maple in the US, Deliveroo in Europe, Coupang in South Korea, and Flipkart and Oyo Rooms in India.
Ela Madej is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. She’s also a founder of impact.tech, a community of techies who want to combine purpose with profit. She’s a serial tech entrepreneur, Y Combinator alum, and a vegan.
She’s an active investor in food tech, having backed startups like Memphis Meats (culturing real meat to eat without killing animals) and Geltor (producing gelatin recombinantly).
She’s @elamadej on Twitter.
Antoine Nussenbaum is a Partner and member of the founding team of Felix Capital. He currently sits on the boards of TravelPerk, Papier, Frichti, Heetch and Urban Massage.
He previously was a Partner at Atlas Global, a private equity fund originally part of GLG Partners. Prior to Felix Capital he has worked closely with various early-stage digital startups including Mirakl, Reedsy, 31Dover, Pave.com and actively helped them launch their businesses. He has also been involved since inception with Huckletree, a fast growing coworking operator dedicated to the European digital community which was started by his wife.
Antoine moved to London in 2006 when he joined ABN AMRO as an M&A investment banker. Prior to this he was based in Paris and was part of the founding team of NT Valley, a software business aim at retailers. He started his career as a brand and intangible asset valuation consultant at Sorgem Evaluation.
A graduate of ESCP European Business School and University Paris Dauphine, Antoine is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
30+ years in game sector. Former CEO & board director, Atari Previously EVP & COO, Worldwide Studios, Electronic Arts (“EA”). 25 years at EA incl. building EA Europe from 0 to $1bn in annual revenue. Successful exit as an Angel Investor in Playfish ($400m sale to EA). Experience working in Silicon Valley and Europe. Awarded OBE in 2007.
Alexander Frolov has founded Target Global in 2012 and is focusing on the firm’s consumer internet and marketplace investments.
Prior to joining Target Global, Alexander worked at the VC firm DFJ Esprit in London. Before that, he led several private and corporate startups in the tech field, including the medical business unit of United Corporation for Innovations. He started his career as an analyst at Troika Dialog Asset Management, where he covered the telecom and IT sectors.
Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and an MBA from the London Business School. Alexander also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.
PARTNERS AND CUSTOMERS
Tech giants and industry tycoons aren’t coming to Helsinki to enjoy the subtropical Finnish climate – they come here for business. Whether you’re looking to strike a deal with a growth company or shake hands with Fortune 500 executives, you’re planning a trip to the right destination. Go ahead and start prospecting potential partners and customers from a pool of more than 4000 companies also making their way to the event.
We’ll let you in on the best-kept secret of Slush Helsinki: all of our speakers dedicate one hour of their time to mentor startups attending the event. Dive into your company’s pain points in 1-on-1 sessions or figure out the bottlenecks of growth together with a curated group of your peers, experienced entrepreneurs, operators, and investors. And the best part? The network stays with you for the next time there’s a bump in the road.
“I saved a week or two because I can do it all here.”
More than 700 journalists representing the leading technology and business publications come to Slush Helsinki in search of emerging startups and exciting product launches. If you’ve ever dreamt about your startup’s moment in the international spotlight, prepare your media pitch and tell your story on a global scale. The likes of Forbes, Wired, and Techcrunch have covered startups making waves in the event.
While in Helsinki, you’ll have plenty of time to kick it with your fellow founders and operators, who are most likely going through similar struggles to your own. Founders Day and industry-specific side-events are known to be great opportunities to get that precious support from those who can really relate to your challenges and exchange notes with the competitors. We guarantee that there’s a thing or two you all can learn from each other.
“ONE OF THE BEST ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCES IN THE WORLD.”
When you add together startups looking for new hires and a crowd of 25,000 tech-savvy changemakers, you have a recipe for one of the biggest recruiting events in Europe. From the brightest young minds to seasoned operators and executives, we’ve got all the bases covered. Best of all, the recruitment features of our Matchmaking Tool are exclusively available to startups and scaleups.
We pride ourselves on avoiding the platitudes and providing the most concrete and painfully tactical advice for startups on our stages. We know you won’t come to Helsinki just to be another face in the crowd, but we’d advise you to take a note from the brightest startups minds stepping on stage. There’s a lot to learn from the journey and the best-kept secrets of the fastest growing companies in the world.
HOW TO HACK SLUSH 2019
Apply for these opportunities that are exclusive for startups to make the most out of your event experience.
Attract the attention of investors, media, customers, talent, and partners by presenting your startup in the Startup District – at the heart of the venue.
Participate in the pitching competition to receive invaluable feedback, invitations to exclusive events with the most relevant people and, of course, stage time.
Reach the right audience by demonstrating your product and revisit the journey behind its development alongside the most exciting peers in your field.
Exchange learnings with fellow founders and get hands-on advice on topics such as recruiting, marketing, and fundraising from an impressive array of mentors.