Our Take On Slush 2019: 4 Finnish Gems We Met

It’s a wrap! Last week, Cumul.io headed off to the Nordics to attend the largest startup conference in Europe: Slush in Helsinki. As the conference is gigantic, we met so many people & learned so many interesting things that it’s nearly impossible to share all of it in a single blog post.

But of course, we’d still love to give you an insight into our experience & share what stuck with us. Since there will be plenty of recap posts about the conference & the speaker sessions, we thought we’d approach it from a new angle. etc.

In this post, we’ll highlight 4 awesome Helsinki startups that we consider as the true gems of Slush 2019.

Finland’s Finest: 4 innovative Helsinki startups we met at Slush

Last year, we highlighted 5 Slush startups that use data in an innovative way. This year as well, we met some great Finnish talents. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Let’s have a closer look!

P.S.: Did we miss anyone in this list of Helsinki startups? Let us know in the comments below!


Voice is a major trend in digital, think about it. We’re doing Google searches by just talking to your Google Assistant, and more & more apps are supporting voice-enabled tasks.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have voice support in your app too? Well, the team at Speechly is on a mission to make this easy for applications like yours. Speechly’s API transforms complex voice-enabled tasks into an intuitive UI for your users.

If you ask us, a great way to add new, innovative voice capabilities to your app!

Fun Fact: we were planning to book a meeting with Speechly’s CEO Otto Sรถderlund through the Slush Matchmaking app, but already ran into him at the Index dinner before we even booked the meeting. Coincidence? We don’t think so! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cumul.io meets Speechly at Slush 2019.


Behind every growing business stands a kick-ass team. Employees are at the heart of your business, and that’s what Smarp is all about. Smarp is a platform that helps your teams communicate more efficiently, both internally and externally.

You can use the platform to spread company news, industry trends or relevant knowledge and articles to the right employees. And at the same time, employees can use it to share content with their own network, becoming true ambassadors for your brand.

Fun fact: the popular software review platform G2 created a new category, especially for them! Talk about industry innovators ๐Ÿ˜‰.


We’re an analytics company, so we couldn’t let this list pass by without adding a data platform, right?

Predictive analytics is hot. Using your present data to make predictions for the future can help you to stay ahead. Act proactively, instead of reacting when it might already be to late…

This kind of Machine Learning is often seen as complex, but Aito is here to make it easier. Their predictive database uses existing relational datasets for predictions and recommendations. Simply upload your data, and you’ll get immediate recommendations or predictions when querying.

You can also integrate this into your product, for example for smart & fast product searches. Another way to enhance your app with a cool new feature, we absolutely love it!

Aito at Slush 2019.


Video has been long discovered by marketing & sales as an engaging format for content. But also, as a smart communication channel. So you might wonder, why is this not the same for disciplines like HR?

RecRight obviously had the same question, so they created a solution. RecRight is a platform for video recruitment, which lets you use video at different stages of the hiring funnel. Say bye to that boring resume, and say hi to the real person behind it, in the form of a video!

OK, we have to admit that RecRight wasn’t new to us. We met them earlier this year on a business development mission in Singapore, where we were already impressed with their platform!

Cumul.io & RecRight in Singapore.

Fun Fact: we took advantage of the opportunity to meet up with them again in Helsinki, and celebrated Finland’s qualification for the UEFA European Championship together!

Belgian Power At Slush

We highlighted some of Finland’s finest startups, but needless to say we met a bunch of awesome people, and cool innovative companies from other countries too.

And we don’t even have to search that far from home. Together with a whole delegation of promising Belgian startups, we exhibited at the Flanders Investment & Trade booth ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช . A shout-out to the awesome companies in the Belgian Delegation, and a big thanks to FIT for the opportunity!

Cumul.io booth at Slush 2019.

At the Cumul.io booth, we gave visitors a taste of our “secret potion” for adding analytics to your application. In this case, literally and figuratively speaking ๐Ÿ˜‰.

And there was some Belgian power on stage too! Stijn Christiaens, co-founder of Collibra and board member at Cumul.io, joined a panel discussion on data governance & data-driven decision-making.

Stijn Christiaens on stage at Slush.

One thing is for sure. We had a blast at Slush and met awesome innovators in SaaS. Did you join the conference as well? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! ๐Ÿ‘‡

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