Slush’s website features a quote by Accel Partners’ Rich Wong that says Slush is totally worth flying 20 hours from San Francisco. Since he and many others are already coming over, we thought it’d make perfect sense for our guests to see some more events happening nearby around the Slush dates. Here’s our shortlist.
The easiest way of making the most of your time is to visit more events in the same city. Helsinki offers plenty, and we suggest these two just around Slush dates for your consideration:
EBAN Helsinki on Nov 17-18
Right before Slush there is European Business Angel (EBAN) Conference taking place in Helsinki. Organized by Finnish Business Angel Netwrok (FIBAN) at Marina congress centre and hosting more than 70 international startup investors EBAN is definitely worth coming by. Conference program is pretty diverse, covering main investment industries, successes and challenges, featuring inspiring investor stories and a pitching session for startups selected by seven prominent and sufficiently diverse startup builders such as Startup Sauna, AppCampus and Buildit. EBAN also offers cultural and pre-conference program on Nov 15-16.
Goodpatch Prototyping Workshop on Nov 21
On Friday after Slush there is an intense prototying workshop organised by Goodpatch, a Tokyo-based UI company. The workshop will last one day and will feature two prototyping challenges intermingled with feedback and practical work. Goodpatch have demonstrated successful cooperation with Finnish startupers, as they hosted a Slush in Tokyo on October 3. The winner of Tokyo pitching, unauthorised login and identity theft fighter Capy set out to replace CAPTCHA, will pitch in Helsinki during Slush.
1h flight from Helsinki – Riga
#InnovationRiga conference on November 20
Right on the next day after Slush #InnovationRiga conference takes place as a hallmark of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Latvia. This year the event focuses on startup expansion opportunities abroad and has gathered a prominent lineup of speakers to deliver practical speeches on the topic. Last year the event had gathered 250 people, predominantly from Latvian startup ecosystem. If you fly in to Riga, use our startup guide for other Latvian startup scene hotspots.
1h 20 min flight from Helsinki – Oslo
MESH Open Day on Nov 21
On Friday-Saturday after Slush one of Oslo’s coziest cafe’s MESH will turn into a pop-up coworking and meetup spot for startupers during their MESH Open Day.The pop-up coworking opens at 9.00 on 21st, the official gathering starts at 14.00 and talks of invited guest speakers at 16.00, followed by networking/party for unidentified amount of time. You can see their agenda here.
1h 30 min flight from Helsinki – Copenhagen
Startup Bootcamp Demo day on Nov 20
Right on the next day after Slush there will be a Demo day of Startup Bootcamp Copenhagen, where programme’s 11 startups will pitch the results of their last three months’ intense work. The projects range from platfroms for musicians and other startupers to eye-tracking systems and focus generators. If you flew in to Slush to hunt down some Nordic investment targets, this is a place to meet 11 interesting companies that you will not see in Slush. You can view their program and register here.
Top photo © Samuli Pentti
Marija Odineca is passionate about Baltic startup scene, visiting interesting Baltic startups and gathering their stories. She also coordinates the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Latvia.