Slush, the conference for world’s leading venture capital funds and startup companies, is aiming to bring investors with 60 billion euros venture capital to Helsinki, Finland, in November. According to Slush, it is expecting over 1,000 start-ups and 5,000 attendees to arrive in Helsinki.
The main organizer of Slush, Miki Kuusi, says that after last year's success and ability to attract 30 billion euros worth of venture capital from over 50 international VC funds, they expect the amount of VC funds "to more than double" this year. Miki Kuusi also says that, in addition to their core region of Northern Europe and Russia, over one hundred startups from South America, China and from the far reaches of Europe have already approached them to come to Slush.
The initial list of investors speaking at the event includes Rich Wong of Accel Partners, John Lindfors of Digital Sky Technologies and Francesco de Rubertis of Index Ventures. Among the keynote speakers are former Nokia Chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila and founder and Chairman Taizo Son of GungHo, one of Japan's most successful online gaming companies.
Slush is non-profit event organized by Startup Sauna, the Helsinki-based community of startups, serial entrepreneurs and investors. In 2012, Slush hosted more than 3,500 attendees, 300 investors and some of the world’s top media, including The Wall Street Journal, BBC and TechCrunch.