Dec 4, 2018 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.
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