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Roxanne Varza – Director of Station F
Roxanne Varza is currently the Director of Station F, which is the largest startup campus worldwide, gathering the best of French startup ecosystem under one roof in Paris.
Roxanne has worn many hats in her professional career. She has led Microsoft’s start-up activities in France, running both Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures programs for 3 years. She has also served as an Editor of TechCrunch France and has written for several other noteworthy publications. Roxanne also co-founded StartHer and is the co-organizer of the Failcon Paris conference. More recently, she co-founded Tech.eu, a European online media offering in-depth coverage on tech, news, data, research and more. At Slush, Roxanne will talk about her long-lasting work with accelerators and incubators.
Hicham Oudghiri – Founder & CEO of Enigma
Hicham Oudghiri is co-founder and CEO of Enigma, a New York-based data intelligence company working with several Fortune 500 companies, including Merck, American Express and ADP. From building compliance programs that prevent financial crime, to tracking effects of pharmaceuticals to improve patient safety, Enigma connects and enriches clients’ data assets to maximize value: making data tangible and bringing it closer to the world we live in is Hicham’s passion. Hicham began his career working at an energy fund, and then went on to manage the private sustainable finance program at BMCE Bank, in partnership with the World Bank Group, where he created energy models for large-scale alternative energy projects across Africa. With this background, it comes as no surprise that Hicham will join us to share his knowledge on how to use data efficiently to solve big problems in our society.
Oisin Hanrahan – Founder & CEO of Handy
Another kick-ass founder-CEO to join the stellar speaker lineup: Oisin Hanrahan is a serial entrepreneur with deep knowledge of two-sided marketplaces. He is also a keen politics and technology geek: prior to Handy, he launched MiCandidate – a platform assisting big media companies with political content. He also started the Undergraduate Awards, a NGO recognizing exceptionally talented students on the undergraduate level.
One may think that it’s a long way from political media production to delivering home services, but sometimes it takes just a chaotic flatshare. Inspired by his messy flatshare in Boston, Oisin co-founded Handy, one of the top dogs in the market of providing home services. With millions of transactions nationwide, Handy has changed the way that people buy services every day. Over 100,000 home cleaners, handymen, electricians and carpenters have worked on the Handy platform, serving over half a million customers. Oisin has raised over $120 million in capital to help Handy address the $400 billion home services market.
Only 42 days to Slush! Whoah. It’s time to stop for a minute and tell you a bit more about who are our main partners we teaming up with to build the 2018 edition of Slush, and most importantly – why. We can proudly state that Slush in not only an event but a showcase […]
Ever wondered what goes on in a VC’s head? Jenny Gyllander’s Instagram account, Thingtesting, combines both of her identities – that of a fervent brand aficionado and that of a VC working for a community-driven seed stage fund. What’s the result? Visually compelling, comprehensive brand reviews from the both. We had a chance to chat […]
Time to introduce you to the last batch of startups we’ve selected for Slush’s Global Impact Accelerator Program of 2018. You can check out the previous posts here. All GIA startups share the same important mission: to offer truly sustainable solutions for emerging markets. That’s where the similarities end – companies come from a wide […]
PayPal made its biggest acquisition ever earlier this year when the company acquired Swedish fintech company iZettle for $2.2 billion. The deal was Europe’s biggest tech acquisition since Supercell’s stake changed hands from Softbank to Tencent in 2016. PayPal COO Bill Ready takes the Slush stage together with iZettle founder Jacob de Geer. When asked […]
Big news for all you music tech enthusiasts! Too often, it is engineers or developers discussing the big questions of music technology, not the artists making the music. That’s why we are bringing two music business professionals around the same table to talk about the possibilities the emerging music tech scene brings with it. Please […]
We’re continuing our series of intros of startups selected for GIA 2018: the aim of the program is to bring the startups attempting to impact on people’s lives and communities in emerging markets forward. How can you fight youth unemployment via an app? How to make giving birth safer at low cost? These, amongst many […]
In December, a compact village full of tech heads, startups and investors emerges from nowhere in the Convention Center of Helsinki. This village has a distinct visual identity and a vibrant social community. Inside the village, one can visit a district of startups, enjoy a food market with all-encompassing options to suit all taste buds, […]
These wild postdoc researchers will pitch their ideas on the Slush stage at Slush Research Pitching Competition Skolar Award. The winner of the 100K€ award is selected on December 5th. Yang Bai, University of Oulu, Microelectronics Research Unit Yang Bai’s research idea aims to create a multi-functional material that can turn any renewable energy such […]
We’ve just selected more startups to be featured on the Slush GIA 2018 program with the big mission of offering sustainable solutions to – well, everything. These startups are sponsored by International Trade Center, Sais Programme (SAIS), BioFISA II Programme and Serbia Innovation Fund. These funding organizations have one goal in common: to develop and […]
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