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Slush 2017 – Nothing normal ever changed a damn thing.


Nine years ago, a small group of visionaries managed to get 40 local startups together and they called it Slush – an event for startups by startups, and the rest is history. A couple of weeks ago, the world’s leading startup and technology conference was sold out, gathering up to 20 000 attendees from over 130 countries including 2 600 startups, 1 500 investors, and 600 journalists in Helsinki.

Without question, one of this year’s highlights was the debut of Slush Y Science, an official vertical event of Slush held on December 1st and organized by Slush, with the University of Helsinki and HiLIFE as the main organizing partners. Slush Y Science was also fully booked, combining those enthusiastic about science, business, and the future where a different way of thinking could create new world-changing possibilities. Among many others, this kind of thinking was presented by life sciences accelerator RebelBio:
“Programming life has huge potential, both commercially and scientifically – and it’s better than science fiction because it’s real.”
Another great example of a truly science-based company solving highly scientific problems was Blueprint Genetics. Their CEO Tommi Lehtonen summarized the atmosphere in the room perfectly with his last statement: “We love science”.
The direction was set this year and the number of attendees at Slush Y Science indicates an increasing interest in the possibilities of science-based business. We are looking forward to seeing what will the scale be in the coming years!

Miika Fadjukov

Miika Fadjukov

Miika has his background in biotechnology and he has specialized in biological imaging and image analysis. As a creative person with an endless fascination for science, Miika enjoys combining his scientific background with his love for creative thinking in projects that can actually improve patients’ quality of life.