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Slush Asia @ SVFT

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Presentation on Slush Asia at Skyland Ventures Fest Tokyo by Antti Sonninen

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Slush Asia @ SVFT

  1. 1. Something amazing is happening in Japan
  2. 2. I came to Japan in 2013
  3. 3. …and saw this
  4. 4. I was surprised, because I was used to this…
  5. 5. 2008 – 2010
 
 “What if Finnish entrepreneurs gathered yearly?”
  6. 6. Slushy, very small warm and cozy …
  7. 7. … but the right people were there already.
  8. 8. • Finnish attendees: 300 • International: 0 • Investments: 0
  9. 9. Talkoo spirit - 結(ゆい)
 
 Building something for the community pro bono
  10. 10. 2011 – 2012 
 Students start running Slush
 
 “Let’s call international VCs”
  11. 11. PRIME MINISTER OF FINLAND JOINS
  12. 12. • 3500 attendees • 560 startups • 47 VC funds • Many foreign VCs invested!
  13. 13. 2013 – 2014 
 Let’s make VCs and startups meet each other!
  14. 14. PM FINLAND WEARS HOODIE ON STAGE
  15. 15. VICE PREMIER OF CHINA
  16. 16. PRESIDENT OF ESTONIA
  17. 17. PRIME MINISTER OF UK
  18. 18. KING OF SWEDEN
  19. 19. RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER
  20. 20. SOUTH KOREAN PRIME MINISTER
  21. 21. • 14.000 attendees • 1.400 startups • 150 VCs • 690 journalists Investments in 2013-2014: 280 MEUR!
  22. 22. FINLAND HAS CHANGED … A LOT
  23. 23. 2015 
 “Then what…”
  24. 24. Excited people in Tokyo!
  25. 25. So why are we doing this?
  26. 26. ”Wouldn’t it be great if Japan would be super excited about startups?”
  27. 27. 1. Global
  28. 28. First major all-English startup event in Japan
  29. 29. 2. Open
  30. 30. 招待制 VIP area
  31. 31. 3. Cool
  32. 32. Global Open Cool
  33. 33. • 3217 attendees • 250 startups • 100 investors • Over 300 journalists
  34. 34. Then, other English startup events start to appear
  35. 35. The future of Japan looks bright
  36. 36. Thank you! @asonninen

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