Nomahlubi Alicia Nazo of Foi Science from South Africa was one of the Forerunners of the GIA competition.  Her startup teaches women to produce wound bandaging from fish skin, which would otherwise go to waste.

Another Slush startup festival is just over and flights out of Helsinki are full of attendees returning to over 90 countries from which they travelled all the way to Helsinki for this event. In addition to the main event, every year there are several “side events” taking place around the same time, starting a few days before and continuing for a couple of days after the main event. Some of the side events are Slush’s own “official side events” and some are arranged by other organisers and accepted and promoted by Slush in their list.

This year we asked a number of Startups and participants to share their opinion on what were the most useful, well organised events in harmony with the main event. The majority of respondents had different candidates, but Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2018 got the most votes. GIA is a partnership program between Slush and other stakeholders such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland with the purpose of supporting impact startups and strengthening links between actors in the emerging markets and the Nordic countries. “It was a great event and the startups which were presented were really inspiring”, Says Maria. “The winners of the GIA prize had truly done an amazing job solving problems of the poor people in Africa and elsewhere while making money at the same time. The event was also praised for it’s timing, being held between the end of the Slush main event and the Afterparty. Afterparty itself also was one of the most popular sections of Slush.

GIA competition brought several startups and founders from developing countries to Finland for a finale. These startups offer solutions to real world-problems like healthcare, climate change and unemployment.  AgriPredict, which has invented a prediction method for agriculture & Safe Motherhood Alliance with a maternity kit women can take to hospital or use for home delivery of babies, both from Zambia were the winners of GIA 2018.


Paul Kostner - HT

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