Changing climate, growing population and dwindling resources are causing challenges too extensive to bypass. Startups are working hard to solve the problems with the most far-reaching consequences on our planet. At Slush, the topics of food, space traveling and impactful investment will be covered by the game changers like Maija Itkonen and Steve Jurvetson.
Food tech is one of the most fascinating fields right now. Emerging technologies disrupt agriculture, food production and consumption, and development will have an enormous impact on how our plates will look like in the future. CEO of Gold&Green Foods Maija Itkonen will share the recipe behind the Finnish success story, pulled oats. Other viewpoints on nutrition will also be explored, including food security, 3D printed food, meal replacement shakes and eating insects. Sounds delicious!
Reach for the Stars – Is Space Travel Still a Utopia?
As our planet Earth confronts multiple challenges, some people turn their heads to the sky. Partner at DFJ Steve Jurvetson, Founder and Executive Chairman at Moon Express Naveen Jain and Co-founder of Iris AI Maria Ritola will discuss the current state and the future of space traveling.
These astronomical professionals will discuss whether space traveling is still a fiction fantasy or a realistic near future scenery. Jurvetson has gained experience in space possibilities through his board membership of SpaceX and Planet Labs. SpaceX is an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, and Planet Labs is an Earth imaging company. Naveen’s Moon Express is the first company to get permission to travel between land and moon. Ritola is an artificial intelligence startup founder who has done research on the emerging technologies.
Investors And Startups in Cooperation for the Sustainable Future
The aim to overcome the biggest challenges of our planet requires commitment also from the funding side. Impact investors like Michael Treskow from Eight Road Ventures and Seth Bannon from Fifty Years will discuss about impact investing, and the possible contradiction between maximizing shareholder value and solving the crucial challenges of human nation.
Alongside with the stellar keynotes, the impact startups are naturally present at Slush. Ten startups from the Global Impact Accelerator will pitch their viewpoint on solving the hardest problems of planet earth, and three of them will be selected for an advisory program at Bayer’s incubator in Berlin and Boston.
In addition, Slush Science Pitching Finals will bring scientists from all over the world to pitch their research ideas, the best one winning 100,000 euros. This is the place to hear what is worth researching!