WHAT IS SLUSH?
During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together
the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by
many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 17,500
attendees and 1 million live stream viewers. In 2016, over 2,300 startups, 1,100 venture
capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 120 countries come to Slush to drive business, and to
experience the phenomenal atmosphere.
SLUSH GLOBAL IMPACT ACCELERATOR
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other multiple partners globally. The purpose is to support impact driven startups and showcase the exciting business opportunities in emerging markets, which are also vital for implementing the Agenda 2030 and solving complex challenges. In addition, the program focuses on strengthening the networks between the impact actors, engaging the Nordic community with the global impact entrepreneurs, and enhancing the mobilization of capital towards impactful business.
GIA 2017 brings impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing, and build long-lasting networks. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki BootCamp program from November 25–December 2, 2017 culminating in Slush.
IN 2017, WE ARE LOOKING FOR IMPACT STARTUPS THAT:
• Have the vision to solve pressing challenges globally
• Have a business idea that has gained some traction, but is still in an early phase
• Have a solution that supports the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
• Have potential to scale
• Have skills and drive to succeed
• Have at least one working prototype
GIA 2017 SOUTH AFRICA EVENT
Pitches by up to 15 pre-selected startups
Judges choose up to 10 startups for coaching and review
One-on-one coaching sessions with up to 10 selected startups and judges
Announcing 3 shortlisted candidates to the Slush team based on pitch and coaching session
Slush Final Selection Committee selects the GIA 2017 finalists by hosting live interviews
Please note that mLab is only selecting startups from South Africa. Please visit http://www.slush.org/gia/ to find a partner hub in your country.