Three pitching awards for Oulu at Slush 2018

This year’s Slush has turned out to be very successful for Oulu and health companies from the region. Slush is the annual event held in December in Helsinki. This time the health start-ups, Maknee and Nukute, have left home with awards for the greatest company pitches.

Slush has a reputation of being the world’s leading startup event and prime meeting spot for founders, investors, top tech talents, executives, and media. Even though, it takes place during the darkest time of the year in Finland, this event is full of unique energy. The main goals are to enable meetings between founders and investors and to build a world-wide startup community.

The second day of Slush was filled with numerous side events and it was particularly fruitful as the day ended with three pitching awards for Oulu.

First Eila Erkkila, Deputy Chief Physician at the City of Oulu, gave a presentation at the HealthxSlush18 side event: Moving on up – partner with public sector for growth in health. This pitching competition was aimed at the public sector and health companies with the goal of providing concrete examples of projects and other initiatives that could be carried out to secure better health care services. The three-minute long pitching included, for example, ideas on utilizing mobile applications for the benefit of patients and it was evaluated as the most interesting.

The program then continued with the pitchings perfomed by health start-ups in “shark tank.” Companies had the opportunity to come together with the health public sector and corporations to look for new ways of cooperating and working together. The main idea was to think of how to accelerate health innovations and move on to the next level of better services for the benefit of all the citizens. It shortly became clear that Nukute was the favorite of both the judges and the audience at HealthxSlush.

That wasn’t the end of good news on that day as the winner of the Life Science Pitching competition for life science-based startups and pre-startups was announced. The pitching performed by Jérôme Thevenot secured the prize of €30,000 to another Oulu-based company, MAKNEE. The competition focused on bringing together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to the society.


Contact persons

Jérôme Thevenot
Project Leader, MAKNEE

Tuukka Visuri
CEO, Nukute

Eila Erkkila
Deputy Chief Physician, City of Oulu



Joanna Seppänen, Health & Life Science, OuluHealth


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