Slush 2017


During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers.

In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries came to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.


Five startups will represent Finland in the Final of StartUp Europe Awards


More than 16 startups from six cities all over Finland were competing for a prestigious StartUp Europe Awards in a National StartUp Europe Awards Pitch Competition, brought to Finland this year by Nordic Female Business Angel Network sponsored by NewCo, Helsinki Business Hub, Nordea and Slush.

The organizer NFBAN received 22 applications from Kotka to Turku and Tampere. 16 semi-finalists were invited to an online pitching event on November 16.  Each startup had a time slot of 10 minutes, during which they were pitching their company for 5 minutes and had 5 minutes to answer questions from 6 members of jury, representing experts from 3 different countries with diverse industry backgrounds, active and well established within the startup ecosystem.

High quality of presentations made jury’s task of selecting finalists and a winner quite a challenge. In the ceremony held at Newco on Thursday 24 November, from a shortlist of 8 finalists, were chosen five outstanding startups to represent Finland in the European final of StartUp Europe Awards.

PromoRepublic, a Finnish SaaS that helps Small Businesses and Marketers create amazing social media posts based on the context of the day: holidays, trends and events,will represent Finland in the ICT Category, and they also received first prize of the Pitch Competition.

For the ENERGY category, the winner isTespack, specialized in providing a complete mobile energy experience by combining latest technology and renewables with a focus on generation of energy on-the-go.

Heimo, the anonymous & safe online community for untellable stories, was chosen in the category of SOCIAL.

For the TOURISM Category the jury chose Duara, a platform for communities in low-income countries to offer home stay experiences to impact-minded travelers.

Finally, Bryom wicht urns smartwatches into a personal safety system replacing most elderly care wearables, devices and sensors with a single nice looking smart watch, will represent Finland for the category of HEALTH.

StartUp Europe Awards is promoted by the European Commission and supported by the President of the Committee of the Regions, several members of the European Parliament as Ambassadors and it is implemented by Finnova Foundation in collaboration with Startup Europe

For more information please contact Florence Korhonen, founder and Chair at NFBAN – Nordic Female Business Angel Network: email: florence.korhonen@nfban.org, mobile: +358 40952 6370.


Startup Europe is heading north for Slush!

Startup Europe is travelling to Helsinki, Finland to attend Slush: Europe’s leading startup event with over 15,000 attendees.

Slush has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.
Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. At the very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Speakers include:

  • Dave McClure – Founder Partner at 500 Startups
  • Steve Jurvetson – Partner at DFJ
  • Danae Ringelmann – Co-founder of Indiegogo
  • Niklas Zennstrom – Co-founder of Skype &Atomico
  • Nicolas Cary – co-founder of Blockchain

Investors at Slush include:

  • 500 startups
  • KPCB
  • Accel Partners
  • Sapphire Ventures
  • Greenoaks Capital
  • Mosaic Ventures
  • …and many more

The Startup Europe stand

Startup Europe will be at stand A58 in the Demo Area so drop by and say hello to find out about our startup initiatives!


European Commission ICT Open Call 32- Info Session

Are you interested in ICT Open Call 32? There will be an Info Session running as a side-event at Slush in Helsinki!


The Info Session will be held at Slush Auditorium, Messuaukio 1, Helsinki.

The agenda will be as follows:
11:00 Short Presentation of the Startup Europe Call – Isidro Laso
11:15 Short Presentation of the Slush Atomico TechEu, DealRoom, analysis – Samuli Mannisto (TBC)*
11:30 Panel on European Startup Ecosystems: Isidro Laso, Samuli Mannisto, Emilio Corchado, Karen Boers, Robin Wauters(TBC).

To sign up for the event, please go to this form: ICT Open Call 32 at Slush sign-up

ESN delegation at Slush



ESN (European Startup Network) will also be at Slush, with their ‘European Champion Startup’ delegation. This delegation will be made up of a delegation of European startups selected by ESN to attend Slush.

The delegation will have a space of 32sqm on both days of the event, dedicated only to the European Startup Network delegation.

Karen Boers, CEO and Co-Founder of the ESN, states, “Speed to the market is often one of the key success elements in startup growth”. “Through the ‘European Champion Startup’ delegation at a leading tech conference like Slush, we wish to accelerate the visibility and market access of high-potential scaleups.”

The delegation will be at Slush from 10:00-18:00 on 30 Nov- 1 Dec, at Exhibition and Convention Center of Helsinki.

About Slush

Slush is all about startups – we help the next generation of world conquering founders forward. Europe’s leading startup and technology event, and expanding in Asia, brings together founders and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives, and media.

Slush is a student-driven non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship. In 2015, Slush was organized in Tokyo and Beijing for the first time. In 2016, Slush is spreading to Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.