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Join Founders Day (Nov 16) to kickstart your Slush week! Founders Day is a whole-day experience only accessible to startup founders that are coming to Slush.

Founders Day: a day packed with activities just for you. We’re bringing activities during the day (what we call Daytime Tracks) and the legendary Founders Day Festival in the evening to give you the ultimate jump-start to Slush 2022.

The Founders Day Festival will be held underground this year with incredible stage talks that are specifically curated for a founder-only audience.

Slush 2022 will have 4,600 founders and operators from around the world – making Founders Day the best place to meet startup founders exclusively.

Read below to find out more. The Festival is made possible with the support of Lightrock & Google Cloud.



Time & Location

Nov 16, 2022 from 5–11 pm in Helsinki, Finland.


Spots are limited to one founder per startup with a Slush Pass


Apply for Founders Day Festival here

Registration for the Daytime Tracks can be found below



Daytime Tracks

1:00 – 5:00 pm — Daytime Tracks (Sauna & Ice Dipping, Scaleup Tour, Rib Boat Safari)

Founders Day Festival

5:00 pm — Festival doors open

6:00 pm — Welcome words

6:05 pm — Julian Teicke (wefox, Founder & CEO) & Ash Puri (Lightrock, Partner)

6:35 pm —  Garima Kapoor (MinIO, COO & Co-founder) & Eric Glyman (Ramp, CEO & Co-founder)

7:05 pm — Kaarel Kotkas (Veriff, CEO & Founder) & Marianne Vikkula (Wolt, VP of New Markets)

7:35 pm — Founders Day Afterparty (Rony Rex)

  • One of Nordic’s most talented DJ’s, Rony Rex brings his irresistible energy to the Founders Day Festival Afterparty

11:00 pm — Lights out

Festival Speakers

Julian Teicke
Founder and CEO, wefox

Julian Teicke

Founder and CEO, wefox

Julian Teicke is the Founder and CEO of wefox, which is a full-stack digital insurance company driven by a single purpose: to make people safe by reinventing insurance at scale through technology.

About wefox
Founded: 2015 |  HQ: German  |  Funding: $912m |  Industry: Fintech

Ashish Puri
Partner, Lightrock

Ashish Puri

Partner, Lightrock

Ashish (Ash) is a Partner at Lightrock. His experiences in founding and building businesses inspire him to work side-by-side with mission-driven entrepreneurs. He joined Lightrock after founding and scaling an ecommerce business and investing in primary and secondary opportunities across Venture and Growth funds at Partech Ventures, TempoCap and Episode1. Some of Ashish’s previous investments include Depop (acquired by Etsy), Onfido, Talentsoft (acquired by Cegid), Attest, Digital Surgery (acquired by Medtronic).

Ashish started his career as a consultant. He holds a double Masters in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from CentraleSupélec, France. In his free time, Ash can be found exploring new cultures through his travels, tending to his bonsai collection, and spending time with family.


About Lightrock
Founded: 2009  |  HQ: London | Stage: Growth

Garima Kapoor
Co-founder and COO, MinIO

Garima Kapoor

Co-founder and COO, MinIO

Garima Kapoor is the Co-founder and COO at MinIO. Prior to this role, Garima served as the company’s CFO. Garima is an active investor and advisor to emerging technology companies in Silicon Valley.

Garima holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Accounting and Finance from Nirma University, a Masters in Economics from Banasthali Vidyapith, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Delhi University.

About MinIO
Founded: 2014 |  HQ: United States  |  Funding: $146m |  Industry: Enterprise software

Eric Glyman
Co-founder and CEO, Ramp

Eric Glyman

Co-founder and CEO, Ramp

Eric is Co-founder and CEO of Ramp, a finance automation platform designed to help companies save time and money. He started Ramp in 2019 after observing that much of the traditional financial services industry offered points and rewards programs that were misaligned with customers’ goals. Eric and his Co-founders sought to build products that would help companies and their employees save time and money. Today, Ramp is the fastest growing corporate card and bill payment software in America, and comes standard with best-in-class integrated expense management, reimbursement, accounting automations, and more.

Prior to Ramp, Eric co-founded Paribus, a price-tracking app to help consumers save money on their everyday online purchases. Paribus was acquired by Capital One where Eric then led the savings automation team. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Eric now lives in New York City, where he is an active angel investor.


About Ramp
Founded: 2019  |  HQ: United States  |  Funding:  $670m |  Industry: Fintech

Marianne Vikkula
VP of New Markets, Wolt

Marianne Vikkula

VP of New Markets, Wolt

Marianne Vikkula is VP of New Markets at Wolt. Founded in 2014, Wolt is a technology company that makes it incredibly easy to discover and get the best restaurants, grocery stores and other local shops delivered home or to the office. Marianne joined Wolt in 2018 and under her leadership, Wolt has expanded from 6 countries in Northern Europe to 23 countries across EMEA today.

Prior to Wolt, Marianne played an incremental role in growing Slush internationally to Europe and Asia. Today Slush is one of the leading tech and investor events in the world attended by more than 25,000 people annually. At Slush, Marianne has held roles in finance and sales, and she served as CEO from 2016 to 2017 years. She is currently a board member of Slush and Marimekko.


About Wolt
Founded: 2014  |  HQ: Finland  |  Funding: €705M  |  Industry: Food Delivery

Kaarel Kotkas
Founder & CEO, Veriff 

Kaarel Kotkas

Founder & CEO, Veriff 

Kaarel is the strategic thinker and visionary behind Veriff. He keeps Veriff’s team one step ahead of fraud and competition in the dynamic world of online identification. With plenty of energy and enthusiasm, he encourages the Veriff team to stand for honesty in the digital world. In 2020, Kaarel was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Estonia. Also, Nordic Business Report named Kaarel one of the 25 most influential young entrepreneurs in Northern Europe in 2018.


About Veriff
Founded: 2015  |  HQ: Estonia  |  Funding: $192M  |  Industry: Identity verification



Arriving early in Helsinki?

Join one of the Founder Daytime Tracks between 1–5 pm before heading to Founders Day Festival! When is the last time you’ve dipped in the icy sea or slid through the Finnish archipelago?

Check out the different tracks below – the application links are posted under each event.

Sauna & Ice-dipping

Embrace the truly Finnish tradition of sauna and ice dipping at Allas Sea Pool, right in the heart of Helsinki. Allas Sea Pool offers three saunas (men, women, and mixed), a seawater pool, and a heated pool.


  • Register for the event here
  • Allas can accommodate 120 eager swimmers & sauna-goers, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The event is only open for Slush Startup ticket holders and primarily for Pre-Seed Startups
  • Swimsuits are required in all of the saunas as well as in the pools

Scaleup Tour

Join your Founder peers to travel around Helsinki to meet the teams of the most successful Finnish scaleups at their very own offices.

At each office, the hosting Scaleup shares how it cracked a specific, tangible aspect of building a world-changing company. Afterward, there’s time for networking.


  • Apply for the event here
  • Applications are open for all Startups that have raised their Seed round

Rib Boat Safari

Ever dreamed about soaring through the Finnish archipelago in rib boats to an offshore island with 30 other Startup founders in the middle of November?

So have we – and this year we are going to do it! Are you up for the ride?


  • Apply for the event here
  • Applications are open for all Series A and beyond Startups

Contact us

If you have any questions, shoot us an email at [email protected]