Slush is a technology conference for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14.000 attendees and more than 3500 companies for the two-day event, with more than 750 investors. Next Slush will take place in Helsinki on November 11-12th, 2015.
One of the key cross-cutting themes of 2015 is “Slush Impact”: program for purpose driven startups that combine scalable business models with positive impact on the environment or society.
Impact Accelerator is co-organised with Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF and other partners, including m:lab East Africa in Kenya. The program includes pre-event mentoring, local Helsinki boot camp program from 4th to 13th of November, 2015 culminating to Slush, and post-event support.
The Kenyan selection event was held at the m:lab on the 28th July 2015. Three representatives were selected by a panel of expert judges. The panel based their decision on: Composition of the team, traction, potential for measurable positive impact on people, society, or planet,scalable and sustainability potential of the business. The three startups who have been passed to the final selection committee in Finland are:
- Arifu is an education marketplace where the world’s least served people can access the information and training they need from the organizations they trust on any mobile phone.
- Sifasafi a platform for students to find volunteering opportunities, organizations to find volunteers and from volunteers to build their volunteering profiles.
- eSoma, a web and mobile application for upper primary pupils, taking the Kenyan curriculum, to revise in a fun and engaging manner.
The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Slush Selection Committee for an interview. The final decision of the selection will be made by the Selection Committee based on the application form and interview. We wish them the best.