Prince Daniel attends Slush 2015

On Wednesday 11 November, Prince Daniel visited Helsinki to take part in Slush 2015, a forum for innovative new companies.

The day began with a breakfast meeting, in which 250 business leaders took part. Mattias Ljungman from Atomico spoke on the theme "It's never been a better time to be a European tech entrepreneur", and CEO of Digital Ventures Jeff Schumacher talked about "Re-imagining and re-creating world-leading businesses with digital ventures".

Slush 2015 was officially opened during the morning, with Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipilä giving an opening speech.

The Finnish start-up fair, which was first held in 2008, has become an important forum for start-up companies. In 2008, just 400 visitors came to the fair. Last year, there were 14,000 visitors.

After a tour of the fair, The Prince took part in a networking lunch with Swedish start-ups and international investors.

During the afternoon, Prince Daniel listened to a number of business presentations.

The day concluded with a networking dinner at the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki. Ambassador Anders Lidén hosted the dinner, at which 26 Swedish start-up made contact with potential Finnish customers during a 'speed dating' session.

Thousands of people had gathered for the opening of Slush 2015. Photo: Jan Nyberg

Thousands of people had gathered for the opening of Slush 2015. Photo: Jan Nyberg

Slush

Slush brings together start-up companies, investors, successful businesses and the industry media. In 2014, 14,000 participants visited Slush and over 3,500 start-ups were represented. The event was also attended by more than 700 investors, and almost 3,800 pre-booked meetings took place.

Slush 2015external link, opens in new window was held on 11-12 November.