Helsinki hosts one of the world’s most creatively engaging tech startup platforms.

Slush is a ‘two-day startup and investor event’ that has been held in the Finnish capital for the past seven years. In 2016 it welcomed around 17,500 attendees from around the world, up from the 300 who gathered for the inaugural get together.

“Slush grew from the idea of cultural change: creating a grassroots movement to serve the next generation of founders and an environment that strongly supports entrepreneurship. We wanted to create something authentic and frantic. So Slush was born, amidst the dark and slushy Nordics,” Marianne Vikkula, Slush CEO, wrote in the event magazine.

Its aim has remained the same since day one, to help the ‘next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward’. And it is doing that. More than three quarters of investors at Slush have said they discovered startups worth investing in.

This isn’t a regular conference, it’s a spectacular festival. Picture the power and beauty of the northern lights and then imagine how they might look indoors.

More fire show than fireside chat, Slush has a packed programme, including a keynote from Al Gore. And for a bit of down time there’s Sauna Village, which has all types of saunas including a Hammam provided by Startup Refugees.

The 2017 instalment is sold out but there are plenty of ways to feel the energy on social media #Slush17

Slush 2017 takes place on November 30 and 1 December at the Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Center.