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Slush is a not-for-profit startup and tech event. The main purpose of Slush is to create and help the next generation of entrepreneur, to build a worldwide startup community and to facilitate meetings between the founders of startups and investors such as venture capitalists, accomplished with events such as matchmaking and pitching competitions. The event is held annually in Helsinki, Finland. In 2018, Slush gathered 20,000 attendees, with over 3,100 startups, 1,800 investors and 650 journalists coming in from over 130 countries to participate together in this global networking festival.

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GenreTechnology, Startups
VenueMessukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre
CountryFinland, Japan, China and Singapore
Attendance20,000 (2018)

Since 2015, Slush also run events throughout the world in four major cities under Slush Tokyo, Slush Shanghai, and Slush Singapore.[1]



The founders of Slush were Peter Vesterbacka, then working at Rovio with Angry Birds, together with Timo Airisto, a lawyer.[2] In 2011, Miki Kuusi became the CEO, and together with Atte Hujanen and Jenni Kääriäinen organized the event at Kaapelitehdas, with 1500 attendees. The event was staffed mainly by student volunteers from Aaltoes (Aalto Entrepreneurship Society) of Aalto University.[3]


The 2017 event was organized between November 30–December 1, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.[4] 20,000 attendees gathered together, including 2,600 startups, 1,500 investors, and 600 journalists from over 130 countries. Speakers included Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, Martin Lau, President of Tencent, Ilkka Paananen, co-founder & CEO of Supercell and Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify.

Hottest industry trends included data analytics and artificial intelligence.[5] In 2017, more than 7000 "matchmaking" meetings had been set-up between founders and investors.[6]


Over 17,500 people from 130 countries, including 2,336 startups, 1,146 venture capitalists and investors, and 630 journalists gathered together at Slush 2016, on November 30–December 1. The speaker list had names like Chris Sacca, Founder & Chairman at Lowercase Capital, Steve Jurvetson, managing director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Joel Spolsky, CEO & Co-Founder at Stack Overflow, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, Founder & CEO of Klarna and Danae Ringelmann, Co-founder of Indiegogo, on it.[7]


In 2015, Slush was organized on November 11–12 in the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre. Key speakers included Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr & Hunch, Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Niklas Zennström, Co-founder of Skype & Atomico, and Ilkka Paananen, Founder & CEO of Supercell. Slush was also awarded The Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic in December 2015.[8]


In 2014, Slush moved from the Cable Factory to the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre. The event, again, doubled its size from the previous year with 14,000 attendees. Out of the attendees, more than 700 were investors. The event was attended by journalists from 45 different countries. Speakers included Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China, Martin Lorentzon, founder of Spotify, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and Leland Melvin, an American engineer and NASA astronaut. In 2014, Nokia also launched its Nokia N1 7.9" tablet at the main stage of Slush.[9]


The 2013 event was attended by 7,000 people, including 1,200 startups and 120 VC firms, and it was featured in The New York Times[10] and The Wall Street Journal.[11] Speakers included Taizo Son, Founder and CEO of Mistletoe, Jian Wang, Chairman of Technology Steering Committee of Alibaba Group, Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype and Atomico, and Taavet Hinrikus, and Co-founder of Transferwise.


Founded by Helene Auramo, Kai Lemmetty, Ville Vesterinen and Peter Vesterbacka. First event was held in Korjaamo with two stages, one for business and one for technology.[12]


  1. ^ "What Is Slush". Slush. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  2. ^ "Luulitko, että opiskelijat perustivat Slushin? Näin 15 000 hengen startup-festivaali sai oikeasti alkunsa ja nimensä". November 24, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "How Slush started from a casual coffee shop chat in 2011 – and became Europe's leading tech conference three years later". November 25, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "Slush". Slush.
  5. ^ "Analytiikka ja tekoäly ovat tämän vuoden trendit Slushissa". Turun Sanomat.
  6. ^ "Kymmenenvuotias Slush tekee tähtiä ja rahaa – silti toimitusjohtaja saa alennettua opiskelijapalkkaa". Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "On Stage 2016". On Stage 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Internationalisation Award of the President of the Republic goes to Slush, Vahterus and Serres". Export Finland. Export Finland. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Nokia Announces N1 Android Tablet". Nokia. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  10. ^ Scott, Mark. "Finns Pitch Frightful Weather as a Competitive Advantage". Bits, The New York Times. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  11. ^ Rossi, Juhana; Grundberg, Sven. "Finland's Prime Minister Looks to Startups". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  12. ^ Vesterinen, Ville. "SLUSH HELSINKI". ArcticStartup. Retrieved November 28, 2017.

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