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Cornwall Team at Slush

Expressions of interest open to high growth Cornwall-based businesses interested in joining a trade mission to SLUSH 2024.

Cornwall Trade & Investment (CTI) is gearing up to showcase the innovative spirit of Cornwall’s most ambitious and scaling businesses at Slush, a premier technology event in Helsinki, Finland, taking place on 20 – 21 November, 2024.

With the opportunity to take up to 10 qualifying businesses to this unique event, CTI is offering supported attendance, providing a platform for businesses to network, forge new connections, and gain invaluable exposure on an international stage.

As part of CTI’s commitment to providing export support to Cornwall-based businesses – helping to develop connections across the globe – we are seeking expressions of interest from high-growth Cornish businesses who may be on the lookout for global partners, pro-actively pursuing opportunities to meet with potential investors, or explore new markets.

Slush is widely regarded as the world’s leading startup event and is also known for being the ‘most founder-focused event in earth’ – it’s been held annually in Helsinki, Finland since 2008. The event is renowned for bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts from around the world to network, showcase innovations, explore potential collaborations, and raise investment.

SLUSH has evolved into the largest gathering of venture capital on the planet. Collectively, investors attending have over 3 trillion dollars (US) of assets under management. – SLUSH

SLUSH is especially well-suited for tech companies that want to source investment: 3300 investors are expected to be present. But it’s also an exciting opportunity for growth-minded companies to reach new collaborators, partners, customers and to network and share knowledge with the anticipated 13000 participants. Growth companies have a unique opportunity to gain advice on how to build long-lasting companies from the most successful tech entrepreneurs, iconic investors, and key ecosystem players in a packed speaker programme.

Over 70% of our 13,000 attendees are either startups or investors making Slush the most concentrated startup gathering globally. Our in-house matchmaking tool facilitates 20,000+ meetings during the event.- SLUSH

The mission is central to CTI’s objective of promoting global trade and strengthening the economic vitality of Cornwall. We are supporting growth, investment and trade for Cornwall’s businesses by offering a programme of trade missions during the year for different industry sectors. This visit follows the highly successful mission to SLUSH 2022.

The aim for businesses looking to export is to enable international exposure: participating in SLUSH exposes businesses to a global audience of potential customers, partners, and investors. It provides a platform to showcase products and services to attendees from diverse industries and regions.

SLUSH also facilitates networking with international entrepreneurs and companies, offering opportunities to explore potential collaborations and partnerships.

The third aim is to facilitate access to investment: The event attracts a significant number of investors. Businesses seeking funding to support their export initiatives can pitch their ideas to investors at SLUSH and potentially secure the capital they need to grow their international presence.

What’s on offer:

To apply, please send expressions of interest including answers to the following to by Wednesday 12th June 2024:

  1. Why do you think your business would benefit from attending Slush 2024?
  2. Do you have an export strategy?
  3. How many people does your business employ, and do you have growth plans to expand your team in the near future?

Key Facts

– 20,000+ meetings among the largest and most concentrated gathering of innovation and venture capital under the sun with 3,300 investors and 5,500 startup founders and operators.
– 4 stages with refined concepts and a world-class line-up of industry stars. Speaker line-up launching Aug 12.
– Over 3 trillion USD in AUM all under one roof brought by the world’s leading funds.
– 2+1 days of Slush-organized hyper-curated activities to make every moment in Helsinki count towards your success.
– Seek funding from the largest gathering of venture capital on the planet with attending    investors having over 3 trillion dollars (US) of assets under management.
– Connect with the right investors through the event’s Matchmaking Tool.
– Attend hyper-curated activities, from mentoring sessions to pitching competitions, all designed to support your startup journey.

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