KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki, participated in the Slush event that was held in Helsinki, Finland on 21st – 22nd November 2019. Slush is a not-for-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. The movement which started as a gathering of 300 local founders in 2008, has become a community of true global magnitude with a mission to create and help the next generation of ground-breaking entrepreneurs.
Slush, which is the world’s largest start-up event held in Finland each year since 2008, brought together 25,000 participants, including 4,000 start-ups, 2,000 investors and 2,800 volunteers.
As part of KEPSA’s strategy to empower small and medium-sized enterprises by focusing on start-ups, most of which are in the tech sector, the KEPSA CEO meet the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Mr. Ville Skinnari who is also one of the main organizers of slush. The meeting agreed to host Slush Africa next year (2020) of which will be the first one in the continent.
Ms. Kariuki also met KEPSA counterparts in Finland – Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and the Central Chamber of Commerce who will collectively be working towards hosting Slush Africa.