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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2.4.2014

Pro Congress 2014 Award

The Pro Congress 2014 award to Tampere University. In picture professor Elise Kosunen in the middle. From left Ms Ella Näsi Tampere Convention Bureau, Ms Erika Eischer Tampere Hall, Mr Jaakko Lehtonen Finnish Tourist Board and Ms Leena Sipilä Finland Convention Bureau.

Elise Kosunen, professor of medicine at Tampere University.

The Pro Congress 2014 award. The expert jury justified the decision by Kosunen’s contribution to the 18th Nordic Congress of General Practice, where she was the chairwoman of the organising committee. The congress was very successful; it attracted almost 1,200 attendees to Tampere Hall. It was the largest academic congress in Tampere last year. Kosunen also has solid expertise in organising significant conferences in her field and in active international operations.

 

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7.3.2014

Tourism income increases by 63%

Finland successfully increases congress tourism income to €117 million a year.

The Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) monitors the experiences of people attending international conferences in Finland every three years. This has been implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus since 1986. In 2013, a total of 662 international conferences took place in Finland, garnering a combined total of 71,761 attendees. This was the best year ever in terms of the number of conferences held. The average number of attendees to a congress was 108.

According to the “Delegaattitutkimus 2013″ survey, implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus, each conference attendee spent €356 per day, including trips. In total, congress tourism provided Finland with €117 million in 2013. In the previous survey (2010), this figure was €72 million. This marks an increase of 63%.

The Helsinki region is the location for more than half of international congresses in Finland, but major events also take place all year round in all of Finland’s largest towns. The ski resort of Levi was a surprise last year: its number of attendees was close to those of the big towns.

Top 10 congress cities in Finland:

Helsinki                 288

Espoo                       94

Tampere                  74

Turku                       68

Jyväskylä                 48

Oulu                          30

Vaasa                        16

Joensuu                    13

Lahti                         10

Maarianhamina      6

Rovaniemi                6

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