Slush is student-driven and non-profit, and is dedicated to bringing together startups, investors and tech talent together in a single, dynamic space.

Published 2016-07-21 10:09:31

To startups and tech talents, the name Slush should definitely ring more than a bell.

One of the world’s largest startup movements, Slush is student-driven and non-profit, and is dedicated to bringing together startups, investors, media and those in tech together in a single, dynamic space to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship.

Founded in 2008 in Helsinki, Finland, it has grown from a 300 attendee event to a 15,000 one in last year’s installation.

2015 also saw the event being brought to Beijing and Tokyo for the first time, and this year, Singapore’s getting Slush-ed too!

Taiwan’s SkyREC, winner of the Slush Asia 2016 Pitch Contest in Tokyo / Image Credit: Slush

Said Anna Ratala, head of Slush Singapore in a press release, “Today Southeast Asia is attracting a huge amount of funding and top tech talent to its rapidly developing markets. Singapore is a perfect hotspot for connecting the Western investors and businesses with the regional ones. The timing for Slush Singapore could not be better.”

Happening on 20 September 2016 at the Resorts World Convention Center, Slush Singapore will be held during the inaugural Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH), and is expected to attract over 1,000 attendees here.

Slush Asia 2016 held in Tokyo in May / Image Credit: Petri Anttila for Slush
Slush Asia 2016 held in Tokyo in May / Image Credit: Petri Anttila for Slush

The event is held in partnership with Techventure, a major innovation and enterprise event organised by Singapore’s National Research Foundation. Organised to promote locally-based startups to investors and industry leaders through featuring Singapore’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, it is currently in its 20th year running, and averages over 1,000 conference delegates and 50 speakers in each instalment.

In a bid to expand its reach to the international community, Techventure has partnered with Slush this year.

This partnership is perfect match, and by pairing up the expertise and attendees of both events, startups and venture capital investors can definitely benefit greatly from it.

Added Ratala,”Considering the support and funding available, we should see more local and regional startups with big breakthroughs. The key is in building an ecosystem that facilitates the right kind of matchmaking between investors and startups. Slush Singapore wants to help with exactly that.”

The speakers at the event have already announced on the event website, and more names will be released in the weeks leading up to the event.

Current lineup of speakers at Slush Singapore
Current lineup of speakers at Slush Singapore

Not only speeches, the program is also jam packed with pitching stages, a live event where Singapore attendees will be able to interact in real-time with the global Slush community, and partner events on and off-site.

There will also be a surprise afterparty, which would be a perfect chance for networking, or simply having fun. Find out more about the programme here.

This year’s theme is about technology and future creation, the changing economy and reinventing education, so attendees, if you’ve got something you want to share about these topics, come prepared!

Too busy to scour the site? Check out this short introductory video:

Registration to the event is now open at http://singapore.slush.org.

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