Feb 26, 2016 Annaleena Kuronen
It’s good, hectic but really exciting. This year we’re expecting over 5,000 attendees, with over 400 startups, 200 investors and 400 media representatives from all over the world.
This year’s theme, the dialogue between humans and technology, will bring a ton of interesting sessions on how technology is becoming an even more important part of our daily lives. We have close to a hundred great speakers, and I am especially looking forward to Geoff Lewis, a partner from the legendary Founders Fund. Other highlights for me are Taavet Hinrikus from the up-and-coming payments company TransferWise and Yoshito Hori from Globis Capital Partners, one of Japan’s first venture capital funds.
We will do things bigger and better. We have a lot more students and recent graduates volunteering to build the event together. This way, we’re getting closer to the philosophy Slush has been built around in Finland. Every volunteer has their own special reason for joining Slush Asia.
When I started the Japan office for a Finnish gaming company in 2011, I saw the challenges a foreign company goes through to break into the local tech scene. Later, I noticed that there were many Japanese startups focusing on the domestic market, but only a few going global. There was a need to bring together different startup communities to meet and learn from each other. And this is what we do with Slush Asia.
There are some industries, for example electronics, that have been very strong but have had to reinvent themselves in recent years. Founding a startup is still a rare career choice in Japan. International studies show that the interest of Japanese university students in startups has been low compared to other countries. We are changing that by building new role models and a community of support.
Being Finnish and living in Japan, I have seen the transformation Finland as a society has gone through after Nokia by reinventing itself with startups. This megatrend is now also starting to happen in Japan, and Slush Asia is at the forefront of it.
Some popular startup events in Japan operate with an invitation-only approach. With exclusive events, you can have a high level of networking for a small group of people, while large societal change remains uncertain. We want to grow more global success stories and, in order to do that, we need to increase the absolute number of startups. By opening up our community we are making entrepreneurship an interesting career choice for those who might have never even thought about it. Also, having the support of successful entrepreneurs like Taizo Son, Peter Vesterbacka and Ilkka Kivimäki means a lot to us.
We are one of the most international and ambitious events of the region. We are bringing together people from over 50 countries and also have a great lineup of female speakers that you don’t usually see at other events over here.
Slush Asia is a one-stop shop for contacts, local investors, hires, business development partners, and knowhow on how to make your business big in Asia. For any Nordic companies with plans to expand to Asia, this is THE event to attend in 2016.
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