Last week our president Jakob visited Singapore Slush (more of that later this week). Since some of you might not be that familiar with Slush I thought I’d write a short info post about Slush.
Slush is the world’s leading start-up event held in Helsinki usually by the end of November or early December. Originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship this event has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world-renowned event. Their philosophy has always stayed the same, even though the event has grown considerably: “to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies”. One of the main ideas of slush is “to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide start-up community” (www.slush.com).
I find it amazing that every year Slush gathers over 2000 volunteers from over 50 countries. It is thanks to these volunteers that makes this event possible.
You can go to the event as a spectator, with your start-up, as an investor, or as a speaker. For start-ups, Slush offers a unique way to get in contact with investors, get media exposure, or mentoring. In 2017, 2641 start-ups from 87 different countries attended Slush. During Slush founders can mingle with other founders, pitch their ideas in pitching competition or showcase their product on the showcase district.
On the other hand, Slush also offers investors a great way to get in contact with interesting start-ups. Slush has grown into the largest venturing event in Europe. In 2017, over 1600 investors representing over 300 VC funds attended Slush. Investors can book meetings through Slush’s own matchmaking tool.
The speakers on Slush are usually different founders, investors or different kind of start-up pioneers. The speakers have a great opportunity to share their ideas with 20 000 other entrepreneurs, investors, media and tech enthusiasts. Past speakers have been people like Al Gore, Ilkka Paananen (co-founder and CEO of Supercell), Daniel Ek (founder of Spotify) and many more.
I hope that this short post gave you some kind of idea what Slush is about. This year Slush will be organized on 4-5.12 in Messukeskus, Helsinki. More information can be found on Slush’s homepage: www.slush.com.
Have a great week!