Dec 4 Anni Gullichsen
Academic partners of the program include organizations such as Oxford Saïd Business School, London Business School, Aalto University, UC Berkeley, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Stockholm School of Economics, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, IE Business School, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Aalto Venture Program. The first batch of mentors includes notable names from the European tech scene: Atomico, Accel Partners, Supercell, Klarna and Unity Technologies.
Slush was originally founded to change the attitudes towards entrepreneurship by helping the local entrepreneurs thrive and pass their knowledge to the next generation of founders. As most of the Slush team members are university students from around the globe themselves, a realization emerged: the current study curriculums are covering only very limited parts of the necessary toolkit of an entrepreneur with global ambitions. This realization was echoed in hundreds of conversations with entrepreneurs.
Slush Academy starts in 2019 and will be gradually scaled up to a full program. The first year is built on internships in fast-growing startups and VC firms. The program and curriculum will be then expanded based on feedback from participants and stakeholders, combined with a generative AI system to build a personalized path for each student. Notably, when scaled up, the program will include studies, work and mentoring in multiple different countries, and will be free of charge to the participants.
The applications to Slush Academy will open in the spring of 2019 with a call for the most entrepreneurial students around the world. Anybody can apply to the program, and a group of 20–30 students will be chosen for the first program. The complete list of VCs and startups for mentoring and internship positions will be announced early in 2019.
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 […]
Today on Founder Stage we got the privilege to listen to four successful VCs discuss the current trends and innovations in the funding landscape. Hosted by the Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures Beezer Clarkson, the insights were shared by Alice Bentinck, Co-founder and General Partner at Entrepreneur First; Rebecca Lynn, Founder and Partner at Canvas […]
Growth and profitability don’t necessarily rule each other out. Inevitably, at one point or another, founders are forced to prioritize between the two. Having made this difficult decision himself, Oisin Hanrahan took the Pink stage at Slush to tell us how Handy, the platform for booking household services, shifted focus from growth to profitability and how […]
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