On 31 October 2016 Slush, one of the world’s most prestigious start-up events from Finland, was held in Shanghai, gathering 5,000 attendees including 270 startups, 360 investors, 120 journalists and 500 volunteers from 48 countries.
Last year Slush was organized in Beijing, China for the first time. This year it was time to move south to the biggest city of China, Shanghai.
“Slush Shanghai is aiming to build bridges between China and the rest of the world. China has sometimes been considered as the “nation of copycats”. What the rest of the world doesn’t see yet, is that China is in fact ahead of everyone else when it comes to several technologies and how they are integrated into the everyday life of the teeming masses,” explained Chen Wang, the Main Organizer of Slush Shanghai.
Looking at the final numbers of Slush Shanghai, the organizers are extremely happy about the level of internationalization of the event. “Slush Shanghai is our third global Slush event in 2016, and there’s one more to come in Helsinki. This year marked a new exciting chapter in our global community’s history,” says Olga Balakina, Head of Global Operations at Slush.
On the Pitching Stage 50 startups from all over the world will take the stage to pitch in front of the judges. The competition is divided into five different badges and the winner will be announced on the Heaven Stage later today.
Slush, together with a dozen Nordic startup organizations, also brought a delegation of 200 founders, ecosystem leaders, investors, executives, and journalists to Shanghai. This is the fourth time Slush brings the entire #NordicMade community together.
“Our trip to Shanghai was about meeting local investors and the community here,” explained Jessica Blechingberg, Head of Nordic Operations at Slush. 40 start-ups from the Nordics were visiting Slush Shanghai.
Nine founders took the Earth Stage for Nordic Showcase. The companies presenting, looking to become the next tech rock stars, were: Airinum (SWE), Bonzun (SWE), Gleechi (Sweden), Heimo (FIN), Ideanote, (DEN), Mindfield Games (FIN), Naturvention (FIN), Socius (NOR) and Staaker (NOR).
Source: Jessica Blechingberg, Slush