Beyond Helsinki: Oulu Innovation Spotlight, SLUSH side event by BusinessOulu

Slush is a student-conducted and non-profit event held annually in Helsinki and is an opportunity for start-up founders, start-up operators, investors, media, and policymakers to come together. Over the course of two days, the event’s attendants get to experience full-stage programs, plus over 300 side events, meetings, mentoring and networking sessions, and facilitated workshops. The event’s speaker line-up includes successful start-up founders, investors, and other tech and start-up influencers.  

Initially founded to change attitudes towards entrepreneurship, Slush’s mission is to help and create the next generation of entrepreneurs. It is the largest technical event production in the Nordic countries, with 5,000 start-up founders and operators, 3,000 investors, and 300 media representatives.  In 2023, the event takes place on November 30th and December 1st at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Center (Messukeskus).  

BusinessOulu has the pleasure to invite you to a Slush side event ‘Beyond Helsinki: Oulu Innovation Spotlight’ organised just the evening before Slush kicks off. 

Oulu, the home base of the 6G Flagship Program, is your gateway to the future of technology and innovation. A pioneering city for digitalisation, Oulu is a place where the industry titans like Oura, Polar, and Fingersoft were born and where the most innovative ecosystems operate. With over 50 years of expertise in wireless technology, we are at the forefront of game-changing solutions in health, life science technologies, cleantech and the industry. 

Join us for an evening where visionary Oulu startups present their new technologies. Learn about the innovations developed in Oulu and used all over the world. Network with representatives of BusinessOulu, ICTOulu, OuluHealth and our international guests invited to explore the wealth of possibilities in the north of Finland! 

When: SLUSH Day 0, 29.11.2023, 18:00-20:00 

Where: Spaces Postitalo Club area, Mannerheiniminaukio 1 A, Helsinki 


Program Highlights: 

  • Oulu Region Presentation: Learn more about Oulu and what it has to offer.  
  • Oulu Startup Pitches: Get an overview of the new groundbreaking innovations from Oulu startups. 
  • Polar Bear Pitching: Discover the coolest pitching event in the world.
  • Networking Reception: Enjoy appetizers and refreshments while networking with our fellow international guests. 


We offer a few pitching slots to selected Health and Life Science companies from the Oulu region. If you are interested in presenting your innovation to an international audience, contact us for more information.

Secure your speaking slot and register by 3.11. using this link:

Make sure you are one of the international delegates getting ready for Slush! Register now! 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Helsinki. 

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Picture source: Slush Press Kit


Contact persons 

Viera Karam 

Startup Program Manager at BusinessOulu 

Joanna Seppänen (Health & LS sector, OuluHealth) 

Marketing and communications, Health & Life Science, BusinessOulu