Slush is the focal point for Eurasian startups and technology talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. The two-day event takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Slush 2015 takes place on November 11-12th in Helsinki, Finland. Company members and Business Partners of Ecommerce Europe get a 15% discount on the entry ticket.
In the past four years, Slush has grown from a local, 300-person event to become one of the leading tech and startup events in the world, reaching 14.000 attendees from 80 countries in 2014. Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of first-time entrepreneurs, students and professional music festival organizers, while backed by founders of Nordic success stories such as MySQL, Rovio, Supercell and Skype.
SLUSH IN 2014
In 2014, Slush gathered 14.000 attendees, 3.500 companies and 140 venture capital funds from 80 countries for the two-day event in Helsinki. Attending companies, investors and media were set up in close to 4.000 pre-set meetings, with the participating companies raising nearly USD 100 million in funding in the first four months following the event.
Close to 600 journalistsfrom around the world attended Slush 2013, and there have been over 2.000 articles written on the event. Previous media attendees hailed from renowned international publications such as Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Nikkei, The Economist, Wired and Business Insider.
Previous speakers at Slush included key tech individuals such as investor and Skype founding-CEO Niklas Zennström, e-commerce entrepreneur Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten, Japanese billionaire and gaming-entrepreneur Taizo Son, Alibaba Group CTO Wang Jian, long-time Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila and founders of companies like Supercell, Rovio, iZettle, Transferwise and Jolla.
Slush is strongly supported by the Finnish Prime Minister, while other significant attendees from the previous year include individuals such as the Vice Premier of China Wang Yang, President of Estonia Toomas Henrik Ilves, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkadi Dvorkovich, as well as a dozen other ministers from Scandinavian countries.
SLUSH IN 2015
Slush 2015 takes place on November 11-12th in Helsinki, Finland. Themes at Slush 2014 include:
– LEADERSHIP. While Slush focuses on a variety of themes and industries, learning from the key people behind European and Asian success stories is at the heart of the event. Slush looks to uncover the leadership philosophies of the people behind some of the biggest success stories in the 21st century.
– ECOMMERCE. It is estimated that Alibaba Group will take over Walmart’s position as the world’s largest retailer by 2016, while Alibaba’s yearly sales already top those of EBay and Amazon combined. At Slush, we’ll take a broad look at ecommerce in Asia with executives from companies like Alibaba, Tencent and Rakuten often visiting and speaking at the event.
– ENTERTAINMENT. Ranging from the founders of global gaming success stories such as King, Supercell, Rovio, GungHo and CCP Games to disruptors in digital entertainment such as Line, Tencent and Spotify, the entertainment track at Slush looks at the future of games, music and video in the mobile age.
– IMPACT. Today, while western countries are going through an age of possibly the fastest technological growth in human history, there are more than three billion people in low and middle-income countries just about to enter the Internet era. Impact is meant to provoke thought on the problems-turned-opportunities that lie in the new world.
– DIGITAL LIFE. As the baby boomer generation is reaching pension ages, we’re seeing a radical increase in the ways we’re able to monitor and improve our health. Slush takes a look into the latest developments in digital health, ranging from wearable technologies to medical devices, next generation cancer drugs and health applications.
– CLEANTECH. Nordic countries are renowned for their welfare economies, which include some of the world’s leading solutions in clean water, waste management as well as energy production and efficiency. For instance, did you know that the buses in San Francisco run on biodiesel developed by a Finnish company?
Other themes for 2015 include:
– EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY
– ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCES AND ROBOTICS
– INDUSTRIAL INTERNET AND ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE
– FINANCIAL SERVICES AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES