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Slush Official Side Events 2023

Get a front-row seat to innovation and networking opportunities you won't find anywhere else curated and hosted by our renowned partners.

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Fintech & Impact: New Nordic Lights by Mastercard

Join the Grand Finale of the Mastercard Lighthouse program as we celebrate the rising stars of the New Nordic startup ecosystem. These leaders bring to light our New Nordic values of innovation, inclusiveness, and impact.

This event is hosted by Mastercard Lighthouse, the #1 Nordic and Baltic platform for scaling fintech and impact-tech startups through partnership. Our six hand-picked fintech and impact tech finalist startups will pitch on stage for the chance to win the overall Mastercard Lighthouse program award.

When: Day 1 3 PM to 6 PM
Where: Valo, Messukeskus


Y Science — a festival of life science and innovation

Y Science is an event that brings together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to society in the field of life sciences.

The event includes sessions on Health & Pharma, Food Systems, and Forest & Environment with pitching competitions in science-based innovations. A science-to-business runway show will end the official program, after which we’ll gather for a networking hour with drinks and snacks.

Y Science is free and open for anyone wanting to be inspired by the science-based innovation made in Helsinki Metropolitan and to connect with top-notch researchers and startups.

When: Day 1 12 PM to 6 PM
Where: Room 101AB, Messukeskus


The AI Opportunity by Google

AI is the most transformative technology of our time, with the potential to solve some of society’s biggest challenges and create new opportunities for businesses and individuals alike.

Join us for an active discussion and networking with startups, investors, organizations, and other ecosystem players as we explore the opportunities of AI.

  • Hear from thought leaders on the ethical development of AI
  • Learn how startups are using AI to grow and innovate
  • Network with potential partners and investors
  • Get a glimpse of the future of AI with cutting-edge lighting talks

More details to follow.

When: Day 2 10 AM to 12 PM
Where: 101AB, Messukeskus


Beyond the Paradigm Shift

Join us in exploring the future paradigm shifts in emerging technologies that will transform our way of life and work.

What does our future look like beyond the paradigm shift, as the accelerating pace of technological change drives the largest transformation across industries in decades?

How does the combined effect of disruptive technologies create new opportunities and transform the way organizations operate?

How can strategic partnerships help organizations succeed in the face of rapid technological change and evolving customer needs?

Welcome to a space to experience the future through thought-provoking keynotes, panel discussions with industry thought leaders, interactive booths, and art & tech installations. It will be created only for the first night of Slush for a perfect opportunity to network and get inspired by like-minded pioneers in tech.

The event is brought to you by OP Financial Group, Microsoft, Accenture, TCS, and CGI. Through joining our forces, we want to share a compelling vision about the current paradigm shift, technological revolution, and its impact on the lives of our customers and employees.

Sign up for an unforgettable evening in the heart of Helsinki — seats are limited.

When: Day 1 6 PM to 11 PM
Where: Event Arena Bank, Unioninkatu 20–22


Nordic Game Helsinki 2023

Nordic Game Helsinki 2023 is a gathering for games executives, investors and publishers, local and regional studios and start-ups, as well as participants from all sectors of the games industry. Two packed days with summits, pitching sessions, meetings, and of course some great after-work networking events as well.

For start-ups and growing game studios

Turbo-charge your success in Helsinki this fall! Over two days at Epicenter Helsinki, speed-pitch your project, participate in an intensive mentoring workshop, showcase your game to investors and publishers in the MeetToMatch Lounge and much more.

If your game project is selected, you might even get the chance to take it on stage for our Live Pitch Battle contest, concluding NG23 Helsinki in the early evening of 29 November.

For investors and publishers

The start-up scene in the Nordic region is more vibrant than ever, and at NG23 Helsinki you’ll have the chance to meet a variety of exciting new studios from Finland, the region, and across Europe.

Building on the popularity of last May’s Developer Showcase at NG23 Spring, Nordic Game will expand the format at Epicenter Helsinki this fall. Conveniently evaluate and engage with participating studios and start-ups as they pitch their projects, and follow up with prime candidates in the MeetToMatch Lounge or a private meeting room.

When: 12pm Nov 28 to 7pm Nov 29
Where: Epicentre, Mikonkatu 9, Helsinki


The Climate Summit

Brought to you by Lightrock, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Transition, and Energy Impact Partners, The Slush Climate Summit is the only official Slush Sustainability Side Event, bringing together the leading founders, investors, and thought leaders to address the paramount issue of our generation: climate change, all while sharing the most important meal of the day, breakfast.

Featuring insights from senior figures within each of the hosting organizations and a series of distinguished guest speakers, this event marks the kick-off of the first day of the Slush conference. Its primary aim: to inspire meaningful climate action.

When: Day 1 8 AM to 10 AM
Where: Siipi 101AB (Messukeskus)


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