November 16, I had a great opportunity to attend Kuopio Goes Slush – Future Food Tech at Maria 01, Helsinki. Kuopio Goes Slush is a side event of the world’s leading startup event, Slush 2022. Maria 01 is a start-up community where entrepreneurial activities are cultivated.
We started with a bus ride organized by Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce. During our trip to Maria 01, the attendees were able to get to know each other and share some expectations on the most awaited event. As such, the five-hour ride passed by quickly.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the food and drinks prepared by Kuopio-based companies such as the appetizing gluten-free bread and pastries from Ketoinen, savory vegan dinner made of broad beans and Finnish root vegetables from Komero Food, and tasty soda pops and long drinks from RPS Brewing.
The main program started with the non-profit organization The Shortcut where they introduced the different training programs and events they offer for upskilling, career integration, and entrepreneurship in Finland. It was followed by a presentation of Solar Foods Oy about their revolutionizing product, solein – the most sustainable protein in the world. Venture capitals such as Paulig Innovation Incubator PINC and Nordic Foodtech VC also showcased the food startups they have invested in and on their criteria for investing on food technology.
Additionally, Pete Nieminen talked about digitalization and gave advise on how IT companies should have a minimum viable product to adapt with the changing times.
A reminder on the upcoming Tahko Ski Lift Pitch was given by Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce. This year’s winner, Marginum Oy, was introduced to the community, together with Savon Voima, one of the partners for Tahko Ski Lift Pitch event. Lastly, the City of Iisalmi also extended their support to Kuopio’s agriculture and food industry.
After the program, it was time for companies, experts, investors, food startups, and visitors to mingle and network. It was a wonderful and significant experience for me as an international business student in Kuopio because I was able to meet this thriving community and get to know the future of food technology in my own city. Knowing that the entrepreneurial community is supportive and dedicated is reassuring for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. I am excited to see what is in store for us in the future!
Kuopio Goes Slush was made possible by Business Kuopio, together with their event partners Kasve Ltd., Kuopio Health, Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, and KPY Novapolis.
Writer: Xyeanne Million