CAG attended Slush, 31 November – 1 December 2017, to hear and discuss the latest news, ideas and challenges in the rapidly evolving start-up scene. The event aimed to help the next generation of companies move forward, gain financing, contacts and visibility, has quickly exploded in popularity and become one of the most awaited occasions of the year.
As key takeaway, the large, prevailing themes in 2017 were the resolving of global environmental and social issues with new technological applications. The technological progression and advancement in multiple areas, for instance artificial intelligence and big data, will unlock new possibilities and allow substantial increase in efficiency in multiple industries. Technology is already on the verge of profoundly renewing healthcare and banking, also visible in new healthcare and payment service start-ups seen at Slush this year.
With regards to financial arrangements, it is noteworthy that crowdfunding platforms have in recent years established as viable option particularly for early-stage, low-threshold financing alongside traditional financing sources. We at CAG are looking forward to continuing our work with start-up companies regarding growth strategies and financial arrangements to help realize their full potential.