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Sep 9 – Södra Bar, Stockholm

Slush Small Talks Stockholm brings together 100 extraordinary entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, executives, and journalists from Nordic and European community to unfold risks and possibilities around deeptech: what it can and cannot solve, how research spins into a venture, what an investing process to science-based companies look like, what are the most demanding puzzles a deeptech founder needs to solve in order to gain trust and turnover.

The evening unfolds into three parts: stage program, roundtable discussions, and free networking.

Registration to the event is now closed.

Sept 9, 2019, 6 PM – 10 PM

Södra Bar | Mosebacke torg 1-3, 116 46 Stockholm Sweden

Topics covered:

Why deeptech should be done in startups and what can it solve?
How to build a business from research?
How to commercialize and grow your deeptech company?
How can companies evaluate the ethical base of a deeptech venture?
What are the metrics and elements of a deeptech investing process?


Taking the stage:

Sofia Hmich
Founder of Future Positive Capital

Sofia Hmich

Founder of Future Positive Capital

Sofia is Founder of Future Positive Capital, a new venture firm seeking Europe’s boldest entrepreneurs who use advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, genetics, and other deep technologies to solve problems such as feeding the world’s growing population sustainably, tackling climate change and coping with an ageing population. Her investments includes Ynsect – the global leader in alternative protein supply, Meatable, who are pioneering the next generation of lab-grown meat, BioBeats, the world’s first unified computational platform for preventative mental health and What3Words – the global multi-award winning location technology company, providing unique 3-word identifiers for any location.

At the intersection of entrepreneurship and investment, her career has encompassed tech innovation throughout with stints at Index Ventures, Europe’s top venture capital firm, and Deezer, the worldwide digital music service, where she was in charge of international expansion. 

Sofia has been recognised by Forbes as “30 Under 30”, by the World Economic Forum as a “Global Shaper and is part of Founders Forum.


Mimi Billing
Senior Reporter, Sifted

Mimi Billing

Senior Reporter, Sifted

Mimi Billing is a Senior Reporter and Nordic correspondent for the European tech site Sifted, backed by Financial Times.
She was previously working at the Swedish tech site Di Digital where she founded the annual event Female Founders.

Alex Basu
VC Analyst, Industrifonden

Alex Basu

VC Analyst, Industrifonden

Alex is a strong believer in the nascent deep tech revolution. He thinks that a renewed focus on innovation with atoms is greatly needed to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time and to fuel future growth and societal value creation. Thus at Industrifonden, Alex is devoted to finding and supporting promising Swedish deep tech startups. Alex comes from a research background and holds a Ph.D. in Nanotechnology. Prior to joining Industrifonden, he was at the Nordic investment fund Alder.

Inka Mero
Founder & Managing Partner, Voima Ventures

Inka Mero

Founder & Managing Partner, Voima Ventures

Inka is an entrepreneur, company builder, VC, angel investor, and new business executive. Her passion and expertise are in the new global digital and technology business build – from startups to big corporations.

“My passion is to work with and build world-class teams to grow new companies and businesses to a global scale. I believe that we are now facing a new era, where business opportunities arise from the need to solve big global problems through science, entrepreneurship, and capital. Hence, working with deep tech founders and the world’s leading scientists is an extremely impactful and concrete way for me to work for a better future.”

Sebastian Desand
Founder and CEO, Ingrid Cloud

Sebastian Desand

Founder and CEO, Ingrid Cloud

Sebastian Desand is the Founder and CEO of the deeptech startup Ingrid Cloud. Sebastian is an entrepreneur with a Master at Law, a passion for deeptech & mathematics and years of experience from B2B sales and strategy. He was a finalist in Carnegie Entrepreneur of the Future 2017 and won the Åforsk Entrepreneur Award 2019 for most innovative entrepreneurs.

Aurora Airaskorpi
Senior Communications Specialist, Kaskas Media

Aurora Airaskorpi

Senior Communications Specialist, Kaskas Media

Aurora is a science communications specialist and coach and Head of Skolar, a community of researchers, research foundations, science communications professionals and research-minded stakeholders. She has a background in journalism, media research and strategic marketing and is currently employed by Kaskas Media, a communications agency specialised in science and research. In 2019 Aurora is producing and hosting Research Pitching Competition by Slush and Skolar, where an individual researcher can win €100K to advance their bold and new research idea.

Teemu Birkstedt
Chairman of Board & Senior Partner, Saidot

Teemu Birkstedt

Chairman of Board & Senior Partner, Saidot

Teemu is a Data and AI enthusiast from over 20 years. Teemu’s focus is how to make an impact with AI. Work is done in a startup (co-founder of Saidot) and in university collaboration (Professor of Practice in Turku University). Saidot builds technology to help companies & governments make, use and protect trustworthy & transparent AI.

Teemu is a co-founder of a former AI startup growth company (Bigdatapump, 2012-2018) that has lately gone thru a successful M&A process.




stage program


6:00 PM  Doors open
6:30 PM  Opening


6:35 PM  Opening Keynote

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Deeptech?

Sofia Hmich, Founder of Future Positive Capital


6:50 PM  Panel Discussion

From Lab to Market – How To Build A Business Around Your Research?

Inka Mero, Founder & Managing Partner at Voima Ventures
Sebastian Desand, Founder & CEO at Ingrid Cloud
Mats Danielsson, Professor at KTH
Moderator: Alex Basu, Investment Analyst at Industrifonden


7:15 PM  Panel Discussion

Weighing The Rights And Wrongs In Deeptech: How To Evaluate The Ethical Base Of A Company? Focus on AI specifically.

Evelina Anttila, General Counsel & AI Ethics at Peltarion
Teemu Birkstedt, Partner at Saidot
Alexander Fritsch, Director Digital Strategy, Analytics & Experience, PwC
Moderator: Mimi Billing, Senior Reporter at Sifted


7:40 PM  Closing words



8 PM – 9 PM
Roundtables hosted by PwC

Right after the stage program, the evening will be continued by roundtable discussions facilitated by PwC. Feel free to take part in any discussions around the following topics:

1. Ethics, trust and responsibility issues around deeptech
2. Building the right forums to speed up the deeptech solutions
3. The market-driven approach to deeptech
4. What kind of technical platforms deeptech needs?
5. How can academics collaborate with corporations?



8 PM – 10 PM
Mingle and connect

Parallel with roundtable discussions.

In Collaboration With:

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