Maria 01 Goes Slush – A Curated List of Must-Attend Events

It’s November, the slushiest time of the year in Finland, and we all know what that means. Helsinki is once again welcoming thousands of founders from all over the globe to the world’s leading startup event – Slush.

Maria 01 Goes Slush – A Curated List of Must-Attend Events

Given that Slush 2023 has reached full capacity, and with 13,000 curious individuals gathering for the two-day conference alongside a week brimming with numerous side events, managing the details of who to meet, when, and where has become a significant task!

Over the course of the week, the Maria 01 Team and our Community members will be actively engaged in hosting and participating in various events. To help you navigate through this dynamic schedule and explore every opportunity to connect with us, Marians, kindly refer to the list of activities presented below. We are eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to meet you during these events!

Visit the Maria 01 Campus in the heart of Helsinki

Day 0, 29 November: Maria 01 Global Startup Ecosystem Mixer
To kick off the Slush celebrations, we at Maria 01 are organising a Global Startup Ecosystem Mixer for VCs, seed funds, startup hubs, accelerators and incubators, and tech event organisers in town. Join us for drinks, and high-quality networking and start building ecosystem partnerships. Last year, we brought together 150+ attendees from 70+ entities across 24 countries. Limited capacity, so request the invite events [at] and fill out the application here.

Day 0, 29 November: Silicon Vikings New Nordics Pitch Competition Grand Final
On Wednesday you have the opportunity to join the event that will showcase the best and brightest startups from the Nordic and Baltic regions. Get inspired by the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors and meet with ecosystem actors. Register and join the event here.

Day 1, 30 November: Regulations, compliance and tech – Oh My! The future of Europe’s digital economy
Our partner Sitra is hosting an event at Maria 01 giving insights into what will the future of Europe’s digital economy look like and who will shape it. At the event, you will have the opportunity to explore how technology communities can navigate the world of regulation and how the EU’s regulatory developments affect the innovation and competitiveness of the digital community. Full agenda and sign-up here.

Come say hi at one of the side events

Day 0, 29 November: Get Known PR & Comms mingle
PR & Comms professionals are working hard to make the stories the talk of the town. Get a peek inside the journalists’ minds and learn how they work and what kind of stories they’re interested in. At this event, global and local PR & Comms people from startups, growth companies, comms agencies, and organizations of all shapes and sizes get to meet & greet each other and raise a glass to their important work. Sign up here to join the event!

Day 1, 30 November: Finland As Female Tech Founder Frontrunner
Meet our new CEO Sarita Runeberg at the launch of the ‘Finland As Female Tech Founder Frontrunner’ program followed by networking and drinks. No Slush pass is needed for this event! Click here to read more and sign up!

Day 1, 30 November: The Finland Startup Conference 2023
Enjoy an evening full of interesting discussions and networking. Meet also our Chief Impact Officer Hanna Nylund who is participating in the panel discussion at the conference. The Finland Startup Conference gathers hundreds of Finnish and International Startup Founders, CXOs, and Investors. This is something you don’t want to miss! Register for the event here.

Meet us at Slush

Day 1, 30 November: Fostering connections: Women founders & VC breakfast
Google for Startups is bringing together 180 pioneering founders who identify as women from across Europe, VCs, Angel Investors and friends from the startup community at Slush. Don’t miss this opportunity to join this amazing group to exchange over breakfast and connect with the right people at the right place. This breakfast is open to founders who identify as women/female and investors who are looking to support more women-led businesses. Sign up for the breakfast!

Day 1, 30 November: Pitching competition – climate tech for the built environment
Witness pioneering startups and growth companies pitch their climate-focused solutions, from eco-friendly materials to sustainable construction practices and connect with thought leaders in sustainability. This event is organized by our Community Member KIRAhub. Save the event in your calendar!

Day 2, 1 December: Investor Office Hours with Index Ventures and Inventure
The Founder and CEO of Adyen and the Partner at Index Ventures will be meeting with a small group of founders for an off-the-record conversation, apply here to secure your spot. You have also the possibility to meet investors from Inventure – our investor network member. Read more about the lunch hour here and register!

Day 2, 1 December: The AI Opportunity
Join Google’s event about AI as the potential to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. The event will be about an active discussion and networking with startups, investors, organisations, and other ecosystem players exploring the opportunities of AI.

After the Slush hype

Saturday, 2 December: Run For Impact
Why not wrap up the week with a nice 10k run in Helsinki? Run For Impact is a 10k Charity Run featuring entrepreneurs, investors and startup employees to raise funding and awareness for High-Impact charities tackling the global problems that for-profit entrepreneurs can’t, such as animal welfare, alcoholism, extreme poverty, critical medical research and more. Join us for a fun networking event!

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