With 15.000 participants from 100 different nations SLUSH is one of the world’s largest tech and startup conferences. From impact investing to virtual reality the conference took us through different arenas for innovation in the future.
In two days 200 speakers took to the stage, and the attendees had the opportunity to talk to 1700 startups from all around the world.
During the opening ceremony prime minister Juha Sipilä said, “It’s never been a better time to be a European entrepreneur.” We believe him.
More people continued to show support and excitement for the possibilities in Europe. Neelie Kroes, former Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda, was clear when she said Europe is not lagging behind the US on talent.
We were happy to see several Norwegians on stage during the two days in Helsinki. Anita Schjøll Brede as one of the compéres, Kahoot and Xeneta as two of the hottest tech companies in the Nordics, Jørn Lyseeggen from Meltwater told the audience about their journey, Jon von Tetzchner had a fireside about the newly launched Vivaldi browser and Geir Sand Nilsen pitched Lypp to the semi-finals in this year’s pitching contest (only to mention some.)
How can Norway take a bigger part of the startup-scene in Europe?
Slush is the focal point for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. This year, Slush brought together 15.000 attendees and more than 1700 startups for the two-day event. 800 investors have arrived to Helsinki to meet startups in nearly 4000 pre-booked meetings.
Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and music festival organizers. Although Slush has grown from a 300-person event to become one of the leading events of its kind in the world, the philosophy behind it has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.