Aino onstage at the Opening Show of Slush 2023. Photo: by Dustin Preick


Aino Bergius, a notable figure with a deep-rooted history in the Slush community, has been named the new CEO of Slush, the premier global startup event known for its significant impact on the European tech ecosystem. At just 25 years old, Bergius embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, having climbed the ranks from a high school volunteer to the helm of the organization.

Bergius's journey with Slush began in 2014, marking the start of a decade-long association that saw her transition from a volunteer to key operational roles within the organization,

including COO and CFO, before ascending to CEO. Her tenure at Slush has been characterized by a steadfast belief in the transformative power of startups and a commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and learning.

Under Bergius's leadership, Slush is poised to continue its mission of being the most founder-focused event in the world, prioritizing the needs of early-stage startups. With an eye on the current economic challenges facing the European tech sector, Bergius emphasizes the critical role of Slush in supporting founders to navigate these turbulent times and seize opportunities for growth and innovation.

Slush 2024, set to be held in Helsinki on November 20-21, aims to bring together an unprecedented number of startup founders and investors, reaffirming its position as a crucial meeting point for the global startup community. Bergius's vision extends beyond the event itself, aiming to cultivate a more diverse generation of founders capable of addressing a wide array of global challenges through technology.

As Slush prepares for its next chapter under Bergius's leadership, the organization remains dedicated to its foundational belief: the technology created today will shape the future. With a record number of investors expected to attend the next event, Slush is not only facilitating crucial connections within the startup ecosystem but also reinforcing its commitment to driving meaningful change through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Aino Bergius's ascension to CEO of Slush is not just a personal achievement but a testament to the power of perseverance, the impact of community, and the boundless potential of startups to create a better world.