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Finding a new way to help – introducing Node by Slush

“Finding new solutions has always been part of Slush’s DNA, and we are not going to give up our mission now – and neither should you.”

I wrote these words in April 2020, right after our team decided not to organize Slush 2020 this year. Like many others, we also had to rethink our operations. We didn’t know (and still don’t) how the pandemic was going to evolve, but, true to our mission, we wanted to find a new, safe way to help founders.

So, right after April, our team went to work. We spoke to many of the founders affected by COVID-19 and investors struggling to find dealflow – all in an attempt to discover the best ways we could be of help for the ecosystem. While coming up with a solution, we published our COVID-19 survey results, the first version of our Resource Bank, and the widely supported whitepaper Entrepreneurship Redefined.

The message from the ecosystem was loud and clear; the coronavirus pandemic has changed the game for most startups and investors – the old ways to meet and network have broken. We know that the lack of connections is devious for a young company, and it has direct implications on your ability to raise funding, spar with mentors, or learn from peers. And that’s what we now want to fix.

Today, we’re excited to finally launch the project we’ve been working on, Node by Slush. Node by Slush is a new curated community for European startups, investors, and ecosystem builders. Through Node, we strive to support startups in raising funding, growing their business, and learning from the best through workshops, mentoring sessions, keynotes, and fireside chats.

Our team’s role also extends far beyond the monthly events: we are working relentlessly behind the scenes to pinpoint mutual interests and relevant opportunities within the community, and bring members together to make use of them on a daily basis.

With the launch of Node, we’re not expecting events to disappear permanently – but we’re not expecting the pandemic to vanish either. This year is an opportunity for us to dig deeper into what lies at the core of meaningful connections and learn how we can help establish them all year round.

Even during a time like this, Slush’s vision remains the same: to create a world where, despite who you are or where you are, the resources to build a world-changing company are available. With the launch of Node by Slush, we are one step closer to making this a reality.

We hope you join us on this journey.

Miika and the Slush team

We’re now taking in applications for Node by Slush – read more about Node here.