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Helsinki 1.12.2023

Go Global with Development Banks and the UN

Official Slush partner side event


Time: Friday 1 December, 2023 at 15:00-18:00


Venue: Messukeskus Siipi, Rautatieläisenkatu 3, Helsinki

Register by 17 November

Further Information

Ms. Grace Wang
Senior Advisor, Business Finland (at)
+358 50 342 4740 


Ms. Daphne Wang
Project Manager, Delegations, Business Finland (at) 

Leading International Development Banks – specially their venture capital and start up finance experts will get together in SLUSH. Their experts will share their offering and strategy to support new business in developing markets through investment and expertise. Participating United Nations agencies run programs that offer opportunities for innovation partnerships globally.

These international organizations are looking for disruptive solutions and startups that could scale their business and create lasting impact. With their global reach and strong experience in business in emerging and developing countries these international organizations they can provide financing, technical expertise, know-how and credibility for their partners.


  • 14:45 Registration
  • 15:05 Welcome remarks, Pasi Hellman, Under-Secretary of State Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • 15:15 Panels
    • 15:25 Healthtech
      • Sophia Moulti, Investment Officer, European Innovation Council Accelerator Programme
      • Dr. Nigina Muntean, Chief of Innovation, UNFPA / Equalizer Accelerator Fund 
      • Katevan Liparteliani, Investment Officer, European Regional Lead, Disruptive Tech & Funds
      • Visa Sippola, CEO,Surgify Medical Oy
    • 15:55 Climatetech
      • Daniel Hersson, Investment Manager, ADB Ventures 
      • Benjamin Bertelsen, Product Specialist, Chief Digital Office, UNDP, Digital X
      • Aziza Zakhidova, EBRD’s Venture Capital Investment Programme (VCIP) 
      • Aku Wilenius, CEO, Caidio
      • Mikael Reims, VP Originations, Nefco
    • 16:25 Edutech
      • Daniel Pérez García, Senior Investment Officer, Direct Equity, IDB Lab
      • Leotes Lugo Helin, Office of Innovation Head, UNICEF Global Learning Innovation Hub
      • Axel Sointu, Business Parnership Lead, Finnpartnership
      • Henri Muurimaa, CEO, EduTen
  • 16:55 Closing remarks, Riku Mäkelä, Senior Director, Business Finland
  • 17:00 Networking
  • 18:00 End of event

Meet experts

Introduction of investors and UN organizations

 This event is co-organized by Business Finland and Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs.