november, 2019

21nov07:3009:00Event OverSocial Impact Breakfast with The NextGen Project


Event Details

Welcome to our Social Impact Breakfast in the morning of the first day of Slush!

The next generation of companies are focusing on the big problems: How will we tackle climate change? How can we solve some of the most pressing problems of our time with tools that entrepreneurship can provide? Can companies focus on doing good and still make profit?

Come and participate in a lively discussion with some of the leading entrepreneurs and thinkers in this field.

Organized with Epicenter and The NextGen Project, the Social Impact Breakfast is the perfect way to prepare for two exciting days of Slush.


7:30 – 8:00 Doors open, breakfast served

8:00 – 8:15 Opening words

8:15 – 8:45 Panel discussion

  • Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer, Human Rights Foundation
  • Sofia Hmich, Founder of Future Positive Capital
  • Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen, Co-founder & CEO, Carbo Culture
  • Moderator: Reetta Heiskanen, Director of Communications, Brella

09:00 – 09:30 Networking

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(Thursday) 07:30 - 09:00


Epicenter Helsinki

Mikonkatu 9


The Nextgen Project

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Speakers for this event

  • Alex Gladstein

    Alex Gladstein

    Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation

    Alex Gladstein is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and a guest lecturer at Singularity University. He has also served as Vice President of Strategy for the Oslo Freedom Forum since its inception in 2009. In his work Alex has connected hundreds of dissidents and civil society groups with business leaders, technologists, journalists, philanthropists, policymakers, and artists to promote free and open societies. Alex’s writing and views on human rights and technology have appeared in media outlets across the world including The Atlantic, BBC, CNN, Fast Company, The Guardian, Monocle, NowThis, NPR, Quartz, TIME, WIRED, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. He has spoken at universities ranging from MIT to Stanford, presented at the European Parliament and U.S. Department of State, and participated in Singularity University events from Berlin to Johannesburg, where he lectures about the future of money, democracy, and the surveillance state.

    URL https://www.slush.org/person/alex-gladstein/

    Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation

  • Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen

    Pia Henrietta Kekäläinen

    Co-founder & CEO, Carbo Culture

    We carbonize biomass waste into biocarbon products for soil and environmental applications. By rapidly converting carbon to a solid and stable form, we prevent it from escaping back into the atmosphere for over 100 years. Our products are frequently used by people and organizations across industries, in agriculture and research, who feel the same environmental accountability as us. With like-minded partners and customers, we're building a new culture of carbon.

    Co-founder & CEO, Carbo Culture

  • Reetta Heiskanen (Moderator)

    Reetta Heiskanen (Moderator)

    Director of Communications at Brella

    Director of Communications at Brella

  • Sofia Hmich

    Sofia Hmich

    Founder of Future Positive Capital

    Sofia is the Founder of Future Positive Capital, a new venture firm seeking Europe’s boldest entrepreneurs who use advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, synthetic biology, genetics, and other deep technologies to solve problems such as feeding the world’s growing population sustainably, tackling climate change and coping with an ageing population. Her investments includes Ynsect – the global leader in alternative protein supply, Meatable, who are pioneering the next generation of lab-grown meat, BioBeats, the world’s first unified computational platform for preventative mental health and What3Words – the global multi-award winning location technology company, providing unique 3-word identifiers for any location.

    URL https://www.slush.org/person/sofia-hmich/

    Founder of Future Positive Capital

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