Sep 27 Victoria Daet
With experience of three consecutive events, Haruka Furukawa, has been appointed as the new CEO of Slush Tokyo and Natsumi Kakishima as the new COO. Former CEO Antti Sonninen will continue to support Slush Tokyo through leading the board of directors while focusing on new ventures.
Both Haruka and Natsumi have years of experience organizing the event. Haruka and Natsumi both started as a volunteer in Slush Tokyo 2016 (previously known as Slush Asia). Until now, Haruka has been leading startup operations and Natsumi has been leading partnerships. Being veterans in the organization, both have the vision and drive to take Slush Tokyo to new heights and create a stronger impact in the events to come.
With new leadership comes a new team behind Slush Tokyo. With the ever changing startup scene, an adaptive and visionary mindset became the forefront characteristic the duo seeked in creating their team. “Our team members are from different countries, with various backgrounds who have chosen to gather in Japan with the same passion of creating something meaningful. With the joint unique viewpoint we have, we want to change Japan’s start-up ecosystem at this moment and in the future as well.”, comments Natsumi.
Putting a focus on creating a more vibrant and active startup ecosystem, Haruka highlights how Slush Tokyo 2019 will be focused on creating the next event around this year’s theme: ‘Call for Action’. Talking about her personal experience, “When I first raised my hand to volunteer for Slush Tokyo I never expected to be this involved in the organization. Sometimes taking that first step can lead to something great and unexpected. I want Slush Tokyo to be that place for you.”
Slush Tokyo has placed an emphasis on empowering new challengers right from its beginning. “When we started Slush Tokyo in 2015, we had a dream of a startup ecosystem that is exciting, open, global and most importantly always built by the next generation. After 4 events of steady growth from 3000 to 6000 people, the community has grown so strong that the timing for this sort of generation change is perfect. I’m super excited about this new chapter for startups in Japan and I will support Haruka, Natsumi and the team closely to make Slush Tokyo 2019 successful.” says Antti Sonninen.
So mark your calendars for a whole new Slush experience on February 22-23, 2019.
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