Sapphire visited Slush!


It’s startup and tech event held in Helsinki and has often been viewed as the window to the Nordic startup ecosystem. Key speakers are usually in top of their fields. Topics and panels are intriguing and enthusiastic. Slush started 2008 with 300 participants and has grown to one of the biggest conference event in that field. This year Over 2,600 startups, 1,500 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 130 countries, covering really wide specter of tech enthusiasts. Slush this year’s slogan was “Nothing normal ever changed a damn thing. Hey weirdos, step in.”

Sapphire comment

Our team attended Slush to have a closer look, what the fuss is all about. Here’s short conclusion: It was very nice to visit Slush and see how the startup scene is blooming. There were a lot of new projects and interesting topics discussed. Definitely worth the visit! ” -Panu Mäki, CEO of Sapphire

This year’s key elements noticed by our team

  • Event was opened by President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö.
  • Special blockchain and crypto ecosystem introduced for the very first time.
  • Cryptocurrency risks and need for regulations – as do Cryptocurrency startup number rises so do the need for a regulations. There have been numerous problems from sensitive data handling, secure payments to platform and wallet hacking issues. Regulations clearly will not avoid or prevent problems but perhaps will guard this booming market to keep more steady course.
  • Will ICO’s kill stock exchanges? In a way, it might. We will see more global and decentralized approach. But the question is, are the regulation and markets ready for this? We will see super intriguing 2018 for sure!


Interested reading more about Slush then visit their official site.