Sep 1, 2014 Joanna Mehtälä
Last year a total of 1,200 companies attended Slush. The startups, a rough third of which were Finnish, came from 68 different countries. The largest individual areas were Scandinavia with 47,6 %, Russia with 14 % and the Baltics with 12,8 %. Most of the rest came either from elsewhere in the Eurasia or from the United States.
Slush 2014 takes us to the next level. The event is moving out from Kaapelitehdas to Messukeskus (Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki), and the multiplied size of the area allows us to host twice as many meetings between investors and startups compared to 2013. We are expecting more than 2,000 companies this year – here come the first 100 along with a few examples of their work.
It is common that children with diabetes are made to skip school activities or trips because their parents are too worried their blood sugar levels will drop. It is natural for a parent to act this way, but it makes the life of a young diabetes patient a lot harder than it should be.
Modz’s self-care product, the MODZ blood glucose meter and wireless cloud service, could be a life changer for young diabetes patients. After testing blood glucose levels, the meter sends the results to the diabetic child’s parent’s phone. The meter also reminds and motivates its user to test the blood levels.
MODZ makes testing colourful and fun for children, gives a sense of security for parents and provides a vast amount of information for older users.
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Have you ever been on a transatlantic flight, trying to fall asleep in your uncomfortable economy class seat, unable to adjust the seat to a sleeping position because of the whiny, long-legged passenger behind you?
AirGo wants to bring passenger-friendly seats to people who can’t afford business class tickets. Their ergonomic seats are made of a material that adapts to the form of the body, repels spills, allows air circulation and reduces vibration. The AirGo designs also include touch screens, automatically operated tray tables and much more. The seats could be used in other mass transportation as well, such as trains, buses and ferries.
More personal space, with only 16 % more occupied floor space. Now it’s only up to airlines to start providing us with this comfort.
A group of ex-Skypers saw a problem with the dynamics of current team messaging. If you wanted to add a new member to your group, you usually needed to mail them an invite, wait for them to confirm it and only start messaging after the recipient had created an account. Exhausting and time-consuming.
The group created Fleep, with which you can just add a person’s e-mail to your chat and the conversation will be directed to the contact’s mailbox – no registration needed. The contact will be able to join later, and use the full service with its pinboards and file drawers. This is how Fleep combines e-mail and real-time messaging. Oh, and there’s none of those irritating ads to be seen.
Fleep has already raised about $800k in funding, investors including the CEO of Teleport, Sten Tamkivi. Impressive!
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
How to build a highly functional hiring funnel for top engineers? What can design thinking do when deployed right at the beginning of the product development phase? How to best prepare your product for local adaptability when you’re expanding globally? These are questions that many product-driven firms will have to answer, most likely during the […]
It all began when Justin started investing his personal time in creating a product, which would stop teams from spending up to 60% of their time “doing work about doing work.” Here are four main points Justin has learned along the way. 1. Make it easy for people to keep their eyes on the company […]
Modern Meadow has been pushing the traditional leather industry to the edge by creating biofabricated materials from growing cells into a new type of material inspired by leather. We had an opportunity to have a chat with Andras Forgacs, the co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow and get a sneak peek into some topics what he […]
Meeting the talent gap in software engineer recruitment is a global challenge. It is a problem that Christina Sass and the team at Andela are trying to solve. Andela recruits top software engineers and developers from the African continent and connects them with the global tech company network. Christina Sass is the co-founder and President […]
If you got here via Facebook, make sure you give this one a big “Like”. If not for the penmanship of this article, then for the fact that Justin is the creator of the Facebook Like button. According to weRSM, the like button was pressed on average 4,166,667 times per minute, in 2015. A figure […]
Time to step out with new speakers! The lineup is filling up nicely for #slush18, with many more exciting names to come. Today, we’re talking gamers, investors, inclusion, and anti-harassment action with Kathy Gong, Jillian Manus, and Christof Wittig. To see them live, get your tickets here! Kathy Gong She is the Co-founder and CEO […]
Welcome to Slush Anisha Singh, Managing Director of She Capital, a gender focused fund with a goal to enable high growth women focused businesses to achieve their maximum potential. Anisha is also the Founder and former CEO of Mydala.com. We had the chance to catch up with Anisha before her Slush debut: let’s hear what […]
If you listened to Al Gore when he gave his Opening Keynote Speech at Slush 2017, this shouldn’t be news to you, as he let the secret out while congratulating Andreas Saari on his new position… Don’t remember? That’s fine. As long as you’ll listen more carefully when he talks about climate change, we’re all […]
Slush Tokyo 2018 is back. Speakers have been announced one after another. Today we are announcing the arrival of the CTO of Ripple, Co-Founder of IOTA and the Director of Operations at ConsenSys. These three keynote speakers will share their views on blockchain technology, global cryptocurrency markets, and their explosive growth in Japan. We expect […]
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