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Helsinki Partners and Slush have partnered up to bring you 2 exclusive media tracks for you to discover the Finnish startup ecosystem.

Note: the tracks are simultaneous–choose only one.

Helsinki, Nov 29

Media Track 1: Research as an enabler for Tomorrow Food Production

The world needs a fundamental shift in how we produce and consume food. Starting from state-of-the-art research and innovation to creating eggs without chickens and cell-cultured cocoa —  we have here in the Helsinki Metropolitan area an interesting bunch of food innovations that might change the world. Join our half a day in inspiration and dive deep into the future.


  • 9.30 am–Visit to Onego Bio
  • 10.30 am–Short walk to Arabia Iittala Design Centre
  • 10.45-11.55 am–Fireside chat: “From Petri dish to plates–is the world ready for food tech to fill our dinner tables?
    • Moderator: Lauri Reuter, Nordic Foodtech VC
    • Panelists:
      • Nesli Sözer, Research Professor, VTT
      • Maija Itkonen, Co-founder, Onego Bio
      • Annika Porr, Senior Manager, Forward Lab Fazer Group
      • Pasi Vainikka, CEO, Solar Foods
  • 12-1 pm–Networking lunch at restaurant Bistro Bryk (downstairs)
  • 1-3 pm–Free Time
  • 3-6 pm–Slush Media Day. Register here.
  • 6.30 pm–Dinner at Restaurant Sekel

Media Track 2: Exploring DEI Progress - Showcasing Companies Leading the Way

Welcome to hear about DEI as a pillar of healthy work-life balance in Helsinki and how it has grown its meaning in the investor landscape. Inspirational talks and meaningful encounters with local experts of the Helsinki startup scene but also some exciting news…


  • 9 am–Visit Roviocon, an event by Rovio Entertainment
  • 10.15 am–Bus ride or walk to Bokvillan
  • 10.45-11.45 am–Fireside chats:
    • Panel 1: Startup Perspectives on DEI in Helsinki
      • Panelists:
        • Youssef Zad, Chief Economist, Finnish Startup Community
        • Aicha Manai, CEO, Startup Refugees
        • Saara Bergström, Managing Director, Next Games
      • Moderator:
        • Nea Höynälä, DEI Consultant, Inklusiiv
    • Panel 2: DEI in Venture Capital in Helsinki
      • Panelists:
        • Mari Luukkainen, Principal at Icebreakers.VC & Founder of Herizon
        • Pirkka Palomäki, Partner, Maki.VC
      • Moderator:
        • Katja Toropainen, Founder & CEO of Inklusiiv
  • 11.45 am–Walk to Iittala Arabia Design Centre
  • 12-1 pm–Networking lunch at Restaurant Bistro Bryk
  • 1-3 pm–Free Time
  • 3-6 pm– Slush Media Day. Register here.
  • 6.30 pm– Dinner at Restaurant Sekel

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