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Slush appoints former COO and head of program as new CEO and president

Miika Huttunen and Oona Poropudas take the top spots
Slush appoints former COO and head of program as new CEO and president

The team behind tech startup event Slush has appointed a new CEO and president as it gears up for its biggest event of the company's calendar.

Miika Huttunen will be stepping into the role of CEO following a year as COO of Slush. He had originally volunteered at the event between 2014 and 2017, before taking over its partnerships in 2018.

The president role will go to Oona Poropudas, who joined Slush in 2017 as a stage curator. At the start of 2019, she took over as head of program for the company.

Accelerating the progress of the human race

“We believe that entrepreneurship is one of the most efficient ways to change the world fast and at scale – thus we see that entrepreneurs accelerate the progress of the human race. That won't change, shouldn't change, and the fact that these people need help won't change either," said Huttunen.

"We trust that if we support the startup founders, everything else will follow. Therefore, the Slush mission remains the same: to create and help the next generation of groundbreaking founders. While doing it in the future, we want to increasingly inspire them to pursue growth with purpose."

"Our focus has definitely not changed – Slush has always wanted to help as many founders as possible by connecting them with whom and what they need," added Poropudas.

"During the last ten years, this goal has led to Slush having a profound impact on accelerating startups and the surrounding ecosystem in Finland and abroad. And it is without a doubt the kind of work that we will continue to do so in the future too. Just on a much bigger scale – and all year round."

Slush's next major Helsinki event is expected to take place on November 19th-20th and is forecast to see 25,000 attendees.