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The largest founder only gathering in the world.

Day 0, Nov 29, Slush Venue

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Stay tuned for the reveal of the speaker lineup! As a sneak peek, we’ve got a unicorn founder from Wolt coming.

Our stage area will be closed off from the rest of the venue to create an intimate setting in which asking questions is not only acceptable, it’s recommended.


Have you wanted to ask a more experienced founder a question about expansion? Or how to manage a product after you’ve hired senior developers? Here’s your chance, as we have a handful of the most exceptional startup founders in the world coming to share their wisdom with you.

In groups of 6-8 you will get to ask an experienced founder how they handled different situations so you get all the tools available to build your world changing company.


Here’s your chance to meet up with other founders that are building in your specific sector or at the same stage in a quiet setting. It’s a great place to share experiences and ask for tips on how to handle different situations as a founder – and hopefully by the end of this session you will have a strong group chat built, which you can always go back to and ask for help.

In groups of 8-10, founders from the same sector or stage will meet up and you get to talk about the challenges you’re all facing with the hope of figuring out the best practices.


Kickstart your Slush week by signing up for one of three Founder experiences!

Immerse yourself in an adrenaline packed tour of the Helsinki archipelago or cruise through the streets in an exclusive tram tour hosted by some of the most experienced founders in Finland. All three events will take place in the morning before Founders Day.










6 pm
Doors open and food  is served

6:25 pm
Stage program begins

7 pm
Mentoring begins

8 pm
Roundtables begin

11 pm
Doors close


Where will Founders Day take place?

Founders Day will take place in Messukeskus (Messuaukio 1, 00520 Helsinki).

Will there be food & drink?

There will be food & drink for all participants at Founders Day.

Will I need my Startup Pass to enter the event?

You need to have both your badge and wristband to access Founders Day.

You can exchange your ticket for a badge and wristband at any of our Pre-badge claim points before the event. See locations and opening hours below.

Elisa Kulma

Aleksanterinkatu 19, 00100 Helsinki

  • Mon, Nov 27, 12 pm–7 pm
  • Tue, Nov 28, 12 pm–7 pm
  • Wed, Nov 29, 11 am–8 pm

ISKU Showroom

Kalevankatu 4, 00100 Helsinki

  • Mon, Nov 27, 12 pm–8 pm
  • Tue, Nov 28, 12 pm–8 pm
  • Wed, Nov 29, 9 am–8 pm

The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport

Arrivals Hall, Promootioaukio 01531 Vantaa

  • Tue, Nov 28, 8 am–9 pm
  • Wed, Nov 29, 8 am–10 pm

This Pre-badge Claim point is accessible.

Mall of Tripla

Fredikanterassi 1, 00520 Helsinki

  • Tue, Nov 28, 12 pm–8 am
  • Wed, Nov 29, 10 am–9 pm

This Pre-badge Claim point is accessible.

Oodi, Central Library

Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki

  • Wed, Nov 29, 9 am–8 pm

This Pre-badge Claim point is accessible.

Please note: You will be asked to present a pictured ID when picking up your badge and wristband for safety reasons.

Badge Claim is also available upon your arrival at the main event venue, Messukeskus, during the event days. We have Badge claim points at both the Southern and the Northern entrances.

We strongly recommend getting your badge and wristband in advance from the Pre-badge Claim to avoid queuing. The points will be quietest on Nov 28, and busiest on Nov 29.

Can I bring my Co-Founder with me?

Yes. Up to two founders per company can register for Founders Day.

Can I use the Matchmaking Tool during Founders Day?

The Matchmaking Tool is up and running, meaning you can already use it to schedule meetings for Investor Day and not miss out on any of the main event action.

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