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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.
Global Impact Community event was where Slush guests interested in sustainable development and impact ventures came together to turn their thoughts into action. This year, the event was co-hosted with Demos Helsinki, the leading Nordic think tank that works towards a sustainable, fair society. The focus of the night was on measuring impact, supporting sustainable […]
This year, Slush launched a sustainability competition for our partners that awards the top most sustainable booths at Slush. It’s all been a part of our mission to make our event more sustainable, and since a large part of the event space is produced by and for partners, it’s crucial to get everyone onboard. Those […]
Eight young researchers pitched new research ideas at Slush at the research pitching finals. The main prize, a 100 000 euro research grant, went to Sandra Jernström from Karolinska Institute, who’s winning idea strives to find a new kind of treatment to cancer. Sandra Jernström aims to find a new kind of treatment to cancer […]
Apart from having a booth where startups may exhibit their products and/or services, Slush Tokyo 2019 will be opening 30 stage slots for demo booth holders for a chance to pitch to customers. Showtech Time will allow chosen startups to pitch to customers for 3 minutes and receive valuable feedback from a Customer Panel thereafter. […]
The computing industry has a problem. Christina Sass, the Co-founder & President of Andela, joined Slush to discuss the issues behind tech-talent recruitment. Andela is a software engineer and developer recruitment organization, mostly recruiting from Africa. Christina took the Founder Stage to share her insights on the importance of training and how can a tech company […]
First there was 100. Then there was 15. Then three continued. And today those three finally became one. Meeshkan was announced the winner of Slush 100 on the Founder Stage this evening. Meeshkan is developing a framework for interactive machine learning. The main purpose is to help teams train machine learning models faster. All of […]
On Evergreen stage today, Alex Bangash, the managing director and CEO of Trusted Insight and Jyri Engeström, Co-founder and general partner at Yes VC had a fireside chat about the trends in the VC scene at the Evergreen stage. Let’s take a look at the trends that stood out. Entrepreneurs can have portfolio too The […]
Brian Halligan, the Founder & CEO of Hubspot opened up the Founder stage on Day 2, at Slush18 by saying – “Dictionary.com named the word of the year – Misinformation.” Brian explained, that there is a huge trust issue between buyers and sellers, which companies need to react to. This is where, Brian states, customer […]
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other global partners to support startups in emerging markets offering sustainable and social impact solutions. 19 startups flew to Helsinki on Dec 27 for the Slush GIA bootcamp with inspiring training sessions, workshops and company […]
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