Sep 27, 2018 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.
There has been growing interest in investing in emerging markets, especially in Southeast Asia. Our speakers, Kay-Mok Ku (Gobi), Soo Boon Koh (I-Globe), Kaspar Hadiyat (Koro Partners) were joined by Jorel Chan, who is the head of Investment Operations for Slush. Their discussion ranged from: personal insights, their experiences, as well as how Southeast Asia has […]
I am my Rival who Drives me Chika Terada, the co-founder and CEO of Sansan kicked off his speech proposing to disclose his own stories. Last year, he tried to come up with a profound lecture. But then he realized, he’s not in a position to lecture. This year, he told the audience that instead, […]
The day 1 at Dialogue Stage was a success. With having engaging speakers and the smooth-as-ever facilitation, some talks had really sought the core aspects of the entrepreneur mindset. Here, we will address three out of the seven dialogues. Cross Border Business Strategy: How to build your own brand in this society? Welcoming Techstars as […]
A dream isn’t something that is final, it’s something that should constantly be updated and thoroughly thought about with the aim to achieve it. Miku Hirano is the founder and CEO of Cinnamon, a company that is dedicated to “remove all unnecessary work from the world by using AI.” At a glance, Miku seems to […]
The winner of Slush Tokyo pitching contest has been announced – congrats, Clarity K.K.! Their matchmaking platform helps women who are returning to the realm of work after having kids. The work-life balance for women in Japan is a tricky issue, and Clarity K.K. tackles the challenges of traditional work arrangements by enabling women to identify the […]
Helen Tung, Emergent Tech advisor and MINERVA fellow at the EU, moderated the conversation between Takahiro Nakamura (Director and COO at ispace) and Kazuo Ishigame (Co-founder and COO at Infostellars) on how to make it in space. Welcome to the space age. These two will be your guides. Ispace aims to develop spacecraft technology to extend […]
Yat Siu is the founder and CEO of Outblaze , an award-winning digital services company specializing in things such as gaming, cloud, AI, and smartphone software. He sold Outblaze’s services to IBM ten years ago, pivoting the company to digital entertainment services. Siu is a bit of a tech legend, according to many: the online […]
Slush Tokyo 2019 Pitch Contest Semi-finalists Announced! It has been a great turn out at the Pitching Stage at this year’s Slush Tokyo. 40 contestants pitched in today’s contest. Not surprisingly, even greater ideas and concepts were presented in front of an eager and curious audience and judges. Contestants’ ideas and talks were diverse: from […]
Slush Tokyo 2019 has officially opened its doors and has welcomed its first speaker, Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo. The session shone the spotlight on the city’s initiatives towards raising entrepreneurship, women initiatives and supporting the startup ecosystem as a whole. Supporting a thousand startups. Since taking office as governor in 2016, Yuriko has […]
Join the other 70,000 tech heads and subscribe to our newsletter to know about our ticket sales!
We collect cookies to make your experience here smoother.