Slush is a startup and tech event held annually in Novemver in Helsinki, Finland. Slush facilitates meetings between the founders of startups and investors such as venture capitalists, accomplished with events such as matchmaking and pitching competitions. Slush aims to build a worldwide startup community. In 2021, Slush brought together 8,800 attendees from around the world to participate together in this global networking festival.
Slush was held for the first time in 2008 at Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo. Slush was founded by Kai Lemmetty, Ville Vesterinen, Helene Auramo, Peter Vesterbacka and Timo Airisto. In 2009, the event moved to Kaapelitehdas. For the first three years, the event was aimed at local entrepreneurs and investors.
Since 2015, Slush also run events throughout the world. These include previous events such as Slush Tokyo, Slush Shanghai and Slush Small Talks events. Since 2021, Slush'D has served as the primary avenue for international offshoots of the main Helsinki event.
Slush has created various products and resources available year-round to support and inform founders and investors. Among these products are Soaked by Slush, a startup media platform established in 2019, and Node by Slush, a startup and investor community established a year later.
With the belief that entrepreneurship is the most efficient way to create human progress. Slush was founded to find more builders. At the same time, building companies is hard. Therefore, Slush's role is three-fold: inspire, help and collide.
- Inspire the current and future generations to solve hard and complex challenges.
- Help these people to build.
- Ensure that these people meet each other.
In other words, Slush's purpose is to create and help founders to change the world.
According to slush.org & Wikipedia