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SLUSH 100
PITCHING Contest

Our flagship spectacle, the Slush 100 Pitching Competition, features 100 early-stage startups, with the semi-finals and finals taking place on the stages at Slush 2021.

Slush 100 highlights the ones that are at the very core of Slush – early-stage startups. The 20 best pitchers, chosen out of 100 in our online pre-qualifications, will pitch in the Startup Studio during Slush Day 1. The three best that make it to the finals will be spotlighted on the Founder Stage during Day 2. 

 

Slush 100 is supported by Amazon Web Services (Main Partner) and Pitch (Supporting Partner).

 

Time

Dec 1–2, 2021

Location

Pre-qualifications: online

Semi-finals & finals: on stage at Slush 2021

 

Slush 100 jury

Pre-qualifications

Alma Holst
Analyst, Dreamcraft Ventures

Alma Holst

Analyst, Dreamcraft Ventures

Alma Holst is Analyst at Dreamcraft Ventures, a Copenhagen-based early-stage VC investing in Nordic tech-driven companies from pre-seed to series A. Alma’s background is in various parts of the Nordic startup ecosystem, from operational roles in young consumer-facing startups to early-stage investing at Icebreaker.vc and Unconventional Ventures. Alma holds a Master’s degree from Copenhagen Business School.

Dreamcraft Ventures invests in European tech-driven companies from pre-seed to series A. We believe success is created by a mixed team with dreamers and crafters – and we are venture engineers who help the two. The right founders love our engagements that go deeper than just advice.

Enrique Sarap
Associate, Tera Ventures

Enrique Sarap

Associate, Tera Ventures

Enrique Sarap is Associate at Tera Ventures, an Estonian VC firm investing in early-stage, born-global digital startups. Although his curiosity spans a wide variety of industries, Enrique is most interested in investments in fintech, devtools, and enterprise software.

Prior to starting at Tera, he has worked at an European Asset Management firm and been involved in entrepreneurial projects in fintech and cybersecurity. Alongside his work, Enrique also studies at the University of Tartu, majoring in Computer Science.

Tera Ventures is an Estonian venture capital firm with a goal to discover and support world-class founders on their way to become industry leaders. For more than a decade, the Tera team has had considerable success in assisting portfolio companies’ entry to international markets, facilitating collaboration with international corporations and raising additional capital from top-tier VCs. 

Harri Iisakka
CEO, Wave Ventures

Harri Iisakka

CEO, Wave Ventures

Harri Iisakka is CEO at Wave Ventures, a Finnish student-run VC fund providing pre-seed funding for extremely promising companies emerging from the Nordic startup ecosystems.

Prior to joining Wave, Harri has been involved in Finnish entrepreneurial university projects extensively through Kiuas, Slush, Aaltoes, and Junction. Additionally, Harri holds a Master’s degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Aalto University.

Wave Ventures is the first Nordic and leading European student-run venture capital fund, pre-seed investing in the most ambitious founders with the boldest visions in the Nordics. Wave believes that supporting unconventional minds is the key to crafting a better next generation – that’s why they help the earliest stage startups to climb their first peak.

Henrik Reimavuo
Analyst, J12 Ventures

Henrik Reimavuo

Analyst, J12 Ventures

Henrik Reimavuo is Analyst at J12 Ventures, a Nordic early-stage VC investing in groundbreaking companies enabled by software, data and new technologies. Prior to working at J12, Henrik worked at the growth-stage investment firm NGP Capital and as Co-Head of Investor Operations at Slush. Henrik has graduated from Hanken School of Economics, where he was active in the investment club & ice-hockey team.

J12 Ventures invests early in groundbreaking companies enabled by software, data and new technologies – supported by our platform of entrepreneurs, operators, and corporate leaders – boosting founders to their ultimate potential.

 

Henrik Wetter Sanchez
Principal, Playfair Capital

Henrik Wetter Sanchez

Principal, Playfair Capital

Henrik Wetter Sanchez is Principal at Playfair Capital, a London-based early-stage fund with investments that span deep tech, SaaS, marketplaces, and B2B companies. Henrik is curious about truly disruptive deeptech and currently focusing on DevTools, Fintech and Enterprise SaaS. 

Henrik is a former founder himself, and he’s passionate about diversity & equality in tech – he’s a founding mentor and ambassador for Sie, whose mission is to close the gender funding gap. 

Playfair Capital is a leading pre-seed and seed stage VC fund based in London. They combine the best aspects of angel investing with a focused fund, to invest in truly ambitious founders, wherever they are in the world. Playfair has been helping exceptional founders build technology businesses since 2013 and has backed more than 60 companies, including Mapillary (acq. Facebook) and CryptoFacilities (acq. Kraken).

 

Jeevan Sunner
Associate, Playfair Capital

Jeevan Sunner

Associate, Playfair Capital

Jeevan Sunner is Associate at Playfair Capital, a London-based early-stage fund with investments that span deep tech, SaaS, marketplaces and B2B companies. Prior to joining Playfair, she led PwC’s corporate accelerator, supporting startups in raising their Series A rounds.

Jeevan holds a BSc in Pharmacology from University College London, and considers herself a tech geek and scientist at heart. She is a passionate advocate ofdiversity in the venture capital ecosystem.

Playfair Capital is a leading pre-seed and seed stage VC fund based in London. They combine the best aspects of angel investing with a focused fund, to invest in truly ambitious founders, wherever they are in the world. Playfair has been helping exceptional founders build technology businesses since 2013 and has backed more than 60 companies, including Mapillary (acq. Facebook) and CryptoFacilities (acq. Kraken).

Tuomas Pahlman
Angel Investor

Tuomas Pahlman

Angel Investor

Tuomas Pahlman is a startup founder turned business angel. As an angel investor, he partners with the company’s founding team to help them grow from Seed to Series C – his investment portfolio now consists of over 20 startups, including Cambri, Jeff APP & OgoShip. 

Tuomas is also Founder of Hopohopo.io, a company that helps startups to find their perfect product-market fit and connects them to the right mentor at the right time.

Petra Koivuvaara
Analyst, Maki.vc

Petra Koivuvaara

Analyst, Maki.vc

Petra Koivuvaara is Analyst at Maki.vc, a European seed-stage fund investing in deep-tech and brand-driven companies. Petra has an eye for numbers and has worked with sourcing investment opportunities and financial tasks at Maki. With previous experience from a SaaS startup, she knows what it is like on the other side of the table as well. 

Petra gets excited about meeting new people, playing sports and learning languages and is also an avid reader, most recently immersing herself into anything related to climate change.

Maki.vc is a seed-stage VC firm dedicated to partnering with founders who never conform to category standards. From inception to series A and beyond, Maki partners with deeptech and brand-driven companies obsessed with challenging category norms.