• What is The Next 100?

The Next 100 is an Official Slush Side-event, taking place during the Slush 2019 startup and tech conference in Helsinki, Finland, Friday, Nov 22nd. The event is two-fold: the first part of the morning (beginning 8:30 am) business units and innovation teams from six companies meet with pre-selected startups for 20-minute pre-booked meeting slots to discuss the potential for a venture client relationship. The second part is an executive stage program, featuring industry experts, world-class startups, and top-line investors sharing their experience on startup-corporate collaboration. The event is invite-only and will take place in The Factory event space at the Slush main venue, in Messukeskus. 

  • Who organizes The Next 100?

The event is co-organized by six Combient companies (Husqvarna Group, KONE, Saab, Scania, Stora Enso, and Wärtsilä) and Combient Foundry. Combient Foundry is the strategic open innovation unit of 30 Combient companies, with a mission to find the best-in-class startups to partner with our companies with the Venture Client approach. Our vision is to be a global growth engine for startups looking to scale their products globally and promote the digitalization of traditional industries.

  • Where is The Next 100 taking place and when?

The Next 100 takes place at the Slush main venue in the Helsinki Exhibition and Conference Center, Messukeskus. The event begins on Friday, Nov 22nd at 8.30 am and finishes at 1 pm.

  • Which companies will I be able to meet at The Next 100?

The Combient companies taking part in The Next 100 are Husqvarna Group, KONE Corporation, Saab Group, Scania Group, Stora Enso, and Wärtsilä. You can find more information about each one, and the cases in which they are looking for startups to partner with, on the Companies page.

  • How do I apply for a meeting at The Next 100?

To apply for a meeting at The Next 100, please study the cases the Combient companies have put forth, and if you find one that is a great fit for your startup, fill in the application form with your basic information on our Application page.

  • When will I know if one of the companies wants to meet with me?

Combient Foundry is responsible for screening all applicants. We will let you know within […]

  • Why do I need a Slush pass to attend?

The Next 100 takes place within the Slush main venue, which means we are located next to the main stage program, Slush Meeting Area, and other facilities and services made for Slush guests. For this reason, Slush requires all The Next 100 attendees to have purchased a valid Slush 2019 Pass before access is granted to the event.

  • How can I buy a Slush pass?

The Next 100 does not sell Slush tickets directly. You can apply for and purchase your Slush Pass on the Slush Platform.

  • What if Slush does not accept my application for a Startup or Scaleup Pass?

Let us know immediately about any arising issues with your Slush Pass. Please contact us as soon as possible on thenxt100@combient.com

  • Are investors allowed to join The Next 100?

If you are attending Slush with your investors or if you are an investor at Slush, we would be happy to extend an invitation to you too. Please contact us on thenxt100@combient.com.

  • What does it cost to apply for a meeting at The Next 100?

An invitation to a meeting at The Next 100 is free of charge.

  • Will you compensate for my travel, accommodation, or Slush ticket, if I am chosen to attend?

The meetings being arranged are considered to be part of formal procurement and purchasing processes. For this reason, it is against Finnish law for us to offer compensation for any personal arrangements.

  • What happens after Slush?

Once all the meetings have taken place, each company will deliberate on which startup to engage in a partnership with. Upon selection, we will inform you of the company’s decision and begin the process for scoping the common project and drafting a purchase order. We aim to have the first steps taken for this before the Holiday Season and the New Year.