The world's leading startup event, organized by a not-for-profit community of students. Slush 2022 will take place on Nov 17–18 in Helsinki, Finland.
Welcome to Slush 2022
Ahead of Slush 2022, we sit down for a conversation that provides everyone who’s joining us in Helsinki with a bit of the backstory and context behind the event you’re about to attend. We'll cover:
Why and how Slush was foundedHow it became a student-run event (and continues to be that to this day)The impact Slush has had on the Finnish ecosystemWhat lies ahead now that Finland has a prospering ecosystemWhy Slush 2022 is the best Slush to dateWhat you should do on Nov 16–18 to make the most of your time here
In the episode, you'll hear from:
Slush's CEO Eerika SavolainenSlush President Mikko MäntyläSlush's first CEO and Wolt founder Miki Kuusione • fıve founder Claire Gusko – one of 4,600 founders & operators joiningAmin Hassan – one of the 1,500 volunteers building the event
Hope you enjoy the conversation! See you November 17–18.
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#9 Jeppe Rindom, Pleo CEO & Co-founder | Pre to post P/M fit with a Danish unicorn
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