14.11.2013

Slush Conference Showcased Startups

Helsinki’s Slush Conference is a nonprofit, two-day technology and startup event where the most promising companies from Northern Europe, Russia and beyond gather to meet with top-tier investors and media from all around the world.

This year, it was held November 13-14th at the Cable Factory in Helsinki.

Standing at the epicenter of one of the most dynamic startup ecosystems on the planet, Slush is organized to allow the next generation of great companies to have the ecosystem they deserve to succeed on a global level.

constant growth Since 2008

In 2008-2012, Slush has transformed from a 300-person event to one of the top startup events in the world, attracting more than $40 billion worth of venture capital, some of the world’s top media, plus 3,500 attendees in 2012.

This year, Slush grew to one of the largest events of its kind in the world.

Slush is organized yearly by Startup Sauna, the Helsinki-based seed accelerator which was recently rewarded as the top young university accelerator in the world by UBI Index.

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1.4.2015

New IHG Hotel Indigo in Helsinki opened

Located in the heart of Helsinki’s design quarter Bulevardi, the environmentally friendly Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard opened its doors in early March 2015. It is the first Hotel Indigo branded hotel in the Nordic countries. The Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is a high-class boutique hotel for both business and leisure guests.

Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is a boutique hotel located on Bulevardi 26, one of the most stylish, historically rich and well-located streets in Helsinki. The hotel offers altogether 120 rooms decorated in Scandinavian style to its quality-conscious guests in an area where two opposite worlds of design come together. The elegant Esplanadi opens up in the east, whereas in the west you can see the Helsinki shipyard, one of the greatest feats of industrial design in the city.

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30.3.2015

Congress travel in Finland grows despite overall decline

Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), a part of Finpro, supports the organisation of international congresses in Finland. The past year was the best congress year in Finnish history, with growth in the field persisting for years.

The number of congresses held in Finland has grown, despite the economic decline, from 595 conventions in 2012 to the current 708. The previous year saw attendance figures of 79,000, which meant a tourism income of €130 million. The corresponding income for 2010 was €72 million.
The Helsinki region hosts over half of these international congresses – significant events are, however, held in all of the largest cities throughout the year.

TOP Five congress cities:
1.Helsinki, 2.Espoo, 3.Tampere, 4.Turku, 5.Jyväskylä
FCB’s Convention Director, Leena Sipilä is extremely happy with this growth.
“Our previous best year had been 2013, but last year exceeded even 2013’s figures, despite our fears that the economic decline would take its toll,” says Sipilä, clearly pleased. “We are more than happy.” Congress travel is a positive exception in Finland’s economic situation, especially compared to tourism in general, whose growth rate is declining. The massive decline in Russian tourists has been challenging to leisure travel companies, who are now trying to attract new growth in Europe and Asia. Congress travel agents have also realised the possibilities for growth in the Asian market.
“We are organising our first corporate event marketing show in China, because we believe there are new opportunities and customers to be found there,” says Sipilä.

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