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FOUNDER-FOCUSED

EVENT ON EARTH

Slush is a not-for-profit building the world’s leading startup event delivering actionable company-building advice and bringing together the who’s who in the ecosystem. Slush 2024 coming Nov 20–21.

THIS IS WHY

EVERYONE'S AT SLUSH

4 STAGES
ON COMPANY BUILDING

We believe it is those who have built iconic startups who provide the most valuable advice for founders. Every company is different, and there are no two paths to building an outstanding company that are the same.

 

That is why we call on a diverse group of founders, operators, and investors to share their hard-earned lessons. Every year, we go above and beyond to find the most relevant people to talk about the nuts and bolts of company building and what’s unfolding in startups & tech.

20,000+ MEETINGS
TO TAKE PART IN

No other event on earth brings together the core of the startup ecosystem like Slush. Whether you’re looking to meet founders, startup operators, investors, media, or policymakers — this is the place to be. Our Meeting Area has 300 tables ready to be booked — last year, 20,500 meetings took place during both Slush days. That’s more than 800 meetings per hour.

 

The Slush Matchmaking Tool allows you to connect with people based on the most extensive, self-submitted dataset on early-stage startups there is.

300+ SIDE EVENTS
DURING SLUSH WEEK

Throughout Slush Week, we host hundreds of Side Events ranging from founder-investor networking and industry-specific gatherings to underground parties and ice swimming.

 

We want Slush to be your chance to connect with old and new peers like nowhere else in the world, challenge yourself, be inspired, and have fun while you’re at it.

Slush does a great job creating a welcoming‚ positive and inspirational atmosphere that encourages a sparkling dialogue between founders‚ entrepreneurs‚ community members and investors. —Nicolas Cary‚ Co-founder & President of Blockchain.com One of the best entrepreneurship conferences in the world. —TechEU I can pack a month's worth of meetings into two days. —Tom Hulme‚ General Partner of Google Ventures Everywhere you walk here at Slush‚ you walk into someone who wants to change the world. —Pär-Jörgen Pärsön‚ Partner of Northzone Was blown away. It’s an amazing conference. Love the vibe and the energy is electric. —John Doran‚ General Partner of TVC Slush is one of my favourite conferences to attend for its sense of community. Whenever I'm asked which tech conference is most fun to go to‚ I always say Slush. —INSIDER The people quality and organisation was overall A+. —Leigh Marie Braswell‚ Partner of Kleiner Perkins Slush is my must-attend event every year for 10 years running. It's the best conference to meet ambitious founders in Europe – perhaps in the whole world! —Eric Liaw‚ general partner‚ IVP

13,500

CURIOUS MINDS COMING TO SLUSH, INCLUDING:

5,500

startup founders
and operators

3,300

investors

250

media representatives

SLUSH FOR

STARTUPS

Slush 2023 brought together 5,000 startup founders and operators, accompanied by 3,000 investors, representing $3 trillion in assets under management.

SLUSH 100

Slush 100 — the most coveted startup competition in the world.

World-class funds AccelGeneral CatalystLightspeed Venture PartnersNEA, and Northzone came together to invest €1,000,000 in the best early-stage startup at Slush 2023.

Stay tuned for Slush 100 this year and find out more about the competition from the link below.

FOUNDERS DAY (DAY 0)

Founders Day is the largest founder-only gathering in the world.

In 2023, we built Founders Day even bigger to include mentoring, workshops, speakers, and experiences.

Stay tuned for the 2024 edition of Founders Day.

STARTUP STUDIO

Startup Studio showcases 80 ambitious companies from deep tech, AI/ML, space tech, and other thrilling sectors. The stage also shows the world who Slush thinks deserves more visibility in the Nordics and Emerging Ecosystems.

Applications for 2024 will open later in the year.

STARTUP BOOTHS

Do you want to have your own booth at the heart of the Slush venue?

It’s the most concrete way to get traction, leads, and general visibility for early-stage startups and their products.

Contact [email protected] to find out more.

FOUNDER EXPERIENCE EVENTS

When was the last time you dipped in the icy sea or slid through the Finnish archipelago? Maybe you’re looking for an activity to network with founder peers? We’ve got experiences for the adrenaline junkies and those that want to relax before kickstarting their time at Slush.

Information on 2024 Experience Events coming later.

MEDIA BANK FOR STARTUPS

If you’re looking for media coverage, this is for you.

Media Bank is a source bank for journalists, gathering all announcements happening during Slush week so none are lost in the Slush noise.

SPEAKER Q&AS

Speaker Q&As are 45-minute Q&A sessions taking place during Slush. 30 Startup Pass holders per session get to pick the brains of expert operators and founders after a Builder Stage talk. Whether it’s Airbnb, Deel, or Doordash operators, you’ll have a chance to ask them for advice on your problems to accelerate your growth.

More information on 2024 Speaker Q&As coming later.

SLUSH IN NUMBERS

In 2022 we had:

  • 4,600 startup founders and operators from around the world:
    • 87% European
    • 40% Nordic
    • 26% Finnish
    • 7% Asian
    • 5% North American
  • 16,500 meetings:
    • 37% of all meetings held between startups and investors.
  • 40% of investors invest across Europe and North America.

SLUSH FOR

INVESTORS

Slush 2023 gathered $3 trillion in assets under management and 5,000 startup founders and operators under one roof. At no other gathering will you find the same critical mass of people you absolutely have to meet.

INVESTOR DAY (DAY 0)

No founders, no media.

Just you and 1,000+ fellow investors under the same roof one day before the Slush main event.

Get a headstart on your Slush experience through Investor Day with a program created to maximize your networking and learning opportunities.

Investor Day 2024 info coming later in the year.

INVESTOR OFFICE HOURS

Imagine you’d have a 1-hour private session with access to hand-picked startup invitees according to your interests in one go.

And better yet, what if this session had the flexibility to offer a customized program, ranging from stage presentations to workshops? How about catering options that help you tailor your session for the most effective use of time?

Dream no more.

Welcome to Investor Office Hours.

INVESTOR LOUNGES

Investor lounges give an intimate setting to work & wind down during the Slush days. Perfect spaces for pre-booked meetings & team gatherings alike.

Please reach out to [email protected] in Spring 2024 for a chance to secure one for the following year.

INVESTOR EXPERIENCE EVENTS

Sauna and dip into the icy waters of Helsinki. Challenge your colleagues in a round of padel. Wind-down at the National Gallery. Prepare your body and mind with yoga.

Regardless of whether you like sweating it out or absorbing a local cultural experience, we’ve got something for everyone to kick off their Slush Week.

Info on 2024 Experience Events coming later.

MEDIA BANK FOR INVESTORS

If you’re looking for media coverage, this is for you.

Media Bank is a source bank for journalists, gathering all announcements happening during Slush Week so none are lost in the noise.

SLUSH IN NUMBERS

In 2022 we had:

  • 4,600 startup founders and operators from around the world:
    • 87% European
    • 40% Nordic
    • 26% Finnish
    • 7% Asian
    • 5% North American
  • 28% of startups at Slush have patented some part of their product.
  • The vast majority of investor entities present at Slush come from Northern and Central Europe. Finnish entities account for 9% of total entities represented. There were also 50% more North American entities present, when comparing to last year (90 vs. 59).
  • Over 70% of investors are happy with the amount of follow-up meetings they’ve had after Slush.

SLUSH FOR

MEDIA

Hundreds of journalists are joining Slush to be where the action takes place. Meet the most interesting people in startups and tech under one roof.

MEDIA DAY (DAY 0)

Media Day is an exclusive media-only event taking place one day before Slush, where you’ll get an exclusive taste of the hottest topics at Slush from global tech leaders before anyone else.

This is something you can’t miss. Information on Media Day 2024 coming later.

STAGE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Slush’s biggest stage has showcased some of the most exciting announcements in startups, VC, and tech. When you come to Slush, you have the chance to come and listen before the rest of the world to groundbreaking news and research results, and find your next article topic before anyone else.

PRESS Q&AS

Press Q&As serve as a space with two purposes:

  • To ask follow-up questions to Stage Announcement speakers after their time on stage.
  • To learn more and clarify your questions about other selected startup announcements at Slush.

You’ll get access to Press Q&As with your Media Pass or Speaker Pass if you are a media representative moderating at Slush.

MEDIA AREA

Media and Speaker Pass holders will be writing their next story, interviewing a future shaper, networking with peers, and relaxing during the event.

At the Media Area, you will have access to pre-bookable interview and podcast pods, working tables, and a silent streaming room.

Plus, if you need help during the event, we’ve got you covered. A help desk will be available during the whole event.

MEDIA BANK

Media Bank is the resource bank for finding your next story.

Located inside the Slush Platform, it gathers all announcements happening during Slush Week so none are lost in the noise.

POD BOOKINGS

Looking to do an interview or record a podcast at Slush? The Media Area’s pre-bookable, quiet pods are here for you. These pods can comfortably fit 2–4 people.

  • For interviews: Reserve a Silent Pod (Booking time: 25 minutes. You can book 2 slots in a row if necessary.)
  • For podcasts: Reserve a Podcast Pod (Booking time: 55 minutes.)

We also have two ad hoc pods available for spontaneous interviews. Need a longer time slot? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Bookings for Slush 2024 will open later.

SLUSH FOR

LIMITED PARTNERS

Get a bird’s eye view of the VC ecosystem and the largest gathering of venture capital in the world, all in just two days.

MEET THE BEST MANAGERS IN EUROPE

Slush is the largest gathering of venture capital in the world, bringing together $3 trillion in assets under management under one roof.

We’re thus welcoming a wide slate of both established and emerging managers.

Meet them at Slush either through our Matchmaking Tool or at one of our curated Side Events.

CATCH UP WITH ALLOCATORS

We arrange exclusive LP-only Side Events to connect you with other LPs, help you exchange notes on managers, and provide you with a relaxed setting to discuss the ecosystem.

REFERENCE MANAGERS WITH FOUNDERS

Slush brings together 5,500+ founders and startup operators.

Reach out to them through our Matchmaking Tool, and gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystem.

RECEIVE CONCIERGE SERVICE

Our LP team will be at your disposal to help you navigate the event, set up meetings with relevant managers, and curate bespoke GP lists according to your investment criteria.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by emailing our LP Relations at

SLUSH FOR

VOLUNTEERS

Stay tuned for Slush 2024 volunteer applications through our social media @slushhq.

PRODUCTION

The Slush Production Team’s main goal is to guarantee Slush a seamless customer journey through the biggest and most complex event production in Finland for all our 13,000 visitors. Production volunteers work on making sure we do the basics better than others. From the Badge Claim at the airport to the cloakroom, production customers serve our customers at critical points of the customer journey. Also, if you’d like to get your volunteering done before the event consider teams like Construction and Pre-Badge Claim!

FINANCE

Slush’s Finance volunteers work at the coolest clothing store in Pasila — the Slush Store which sells merchandise from the event.

STUDIO

Studio is a combination of the Marketing and Design team, like two peas in a pod. We work closely together to create and curate the external and visual communications for Slush. Studio volunteers film, photograph, and write content from the event. Also the Customer Success team makes sure our customers online and in Messukeskus get answers to their questions.

MEDIA & PR

The Media & PR team has two core responsibilities at Slush: attracting the world’s leading media representatives to Slush and creating the best media experience of any event on the planet for them, and building compelling narratives to showcase Slush as an organization to media. Media & PR volunteers make sure all guests in these concepts have a stellar customer experience.

PEOPLE

Volunteer Area volunteers make sure we serve our volunteers just as superbly as we serve our customers. They work in the dedicated Volunteer Area where volunteers get to chill, network, and have fun.

PARTNERSHIPS

The Partnership Team brings the world’s leading corporates, scale-ups, country delegations, and research labs to be involved in Slush activities as partners. Partnerships volunteers make sure all partners have a stellar experience with Slush in each encounter.

PROGRAM

The Program team is at the center of one of Slush’s most visible parts of the event: Speakers and stages. Program team volunteers make sure our speakers have a smooth and superb experience attending Slush and visiting Helsinki.

MEETING OPERATIONS

People come to Slush to meet relevant people for their ventures — and we’ve taken it to our heart to provide the world’s best meeting experience for them. We connect 1) startups <> investors, 2) investors <> investors, and 3) startups <> partners. Meeting Operations volunteers make sure everyone using the Meeting Area at Slush has a superb experience. They also gather feedback from the customers.

INVESTORS

The Investor team is responsible for attracting the world’s leading venture capital investors to Slush, and creating the best investor experience of any event on the planet for them. Investor team volunteers work on the concepts and events offered to the investors visiting Slush and make sure they get excellent customer service in every encounter with Slush.

STARTUPS

The Startup Team has the exciting responsibility of taking care of our largest core visitor group — the startup CEOs and founders. This is done with concepts like Founders Day, Slush 100, Startup Studio, Nordic Showcase, and Startup Booths to mention a few. Startup team volunteers make sure all founders are treated like royalty in every encounter they have with Slush.

SLUSH FOR

PARTNERS

We choose to build Slush with partners who not only support the startup ecosystem but share our values of entrepreneurial grit and lasting impact.

VISIBILITY

Close to 50% of the people you see at Slush 2023 are founders and 25% are investors.

Slush is the brand building opportunity like no other.

We offer comprehensive visibility through our fully customizable Partner Booths, which you can get into contact with us about at [email protected].

PARTNER SIDE EVENTS

How can you meet anywhere between 50 to 350 of the most relevant people to you at Slush? It’s simple: organize a Partner Side Event.

Side Events are the second most popular activity among all of our visitors, directly after 1-on-1 meetings.

Our packages include a fully furnished and equipped venue next door to the Slush Main Event, invitations to the most relevant Slush visitors, and our Slush Side Event tool for all your admin needs.

LEAD SCANNING

3 out of 4 partners reached all of their business goals in 2022.

Slush is the ideal place to generate new busieness with the help of our Lead Scanning tools.

Lead Scanning is part of our other partner activities.

STARTUP SCREENING & MATCHING

We’ll make sure you will meet the startups you need to meet at Slush.

The Slush magic happens only for 72 hours every year — our team helps to secure your time from the world.

Slush 2023 Main Partners

Google Stripe PwC Nordea Nokia University of Helsinki 27pilots AstraZeneca City of Helsinki

Slush 2023 Key Partners

Aalto University Y Science Remote AWS Mastercard J-StarX Snowflake Toptal VTT SAP European Investment Bank European Innovation Council Deloitte Dealroom Bird&Bird Infobip

Slush 2023 Supporting Partners

REACH Incubator Zalando Lucid Inklusiiv Holvi European Startup Prize for Mobility Huhtamäki EIT Urban Mobility McKinsey Videobot Datacrunch Catapult Cooley Verge Deel Games London HS Visio JetBrains Maria01 European Union Agency for the Space Programme YapiKredi Braze Fivetran Zendesk

Slush 2023 Ecosystem Partners

Business Sweden Netherlands Advantage Austria Innovation Norway Polish Investment & Trade Agency Invest in Türkiye Fukuoka Growth Next Cyprus Research & Innovation Foundation Bulgarian SME Promotion Agency Belgium Flanders Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland Digital Wallonia hub.brussels Italian Trade Agency Startup India La French Tech Kerala Startup Mission Spain Up Nation Startup Lithuania Deutsch-Finnische Handelskammer Enterprise Ireland Swisstech KOTRA Teelabs Startup Tampere Endeavor Startup Luxembourg Welsh Government

Slush 2023 Mobility Partner

Slush 2023 Production Partners

GoSleep Hartwall L&T Selfy Store by Stora Enso Stora Enso Waterlogic Globe Hope

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SLUSH 2024 • NOV 20–21  

 HELSINKI, FINLAND  

SLUSH 2024 • NOV 20–21  

 HELSINKI, FINLAND  

SLUSH 2024 • NOV 20–21  

 HELSINKI, FINLAND  

SLUSH 2024 • NOV 20–21  

 HELSINKI, FINLAND  

SLUSH 2024 • NOV 20–21  

 HELSINKI, FINLAND