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Y Science 2021
An official side event of  Slush for Life Sciences

Helsinki, Finland, Messukeskus
December 1st 2021, 12.00-16.00

Y Science is an event that brings together the curious scientific community and the business world to inspire concrete action and contribution to the society in the field of life sciences.

This year the event will be hybrid, allowing participants to attend it in person or virtually. Attendance is free-of-charge, but requires registration.

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To register to Y Science 2021, sign up to the Tavata platform and then join our event using the code VMNR.


Slush will check the Covid passport of each person entering Messukeskus, including attendees of the side events held in the Siipi area. This means that to attend Y Science in person, you will need a valid Covid passport. Please note that only the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) can be accepted as a valid Covid passport in Finland. Instructions for acquiring EUDCC for people that don't have it, as well as more information on Slush's health and safety policy, can be found from Slush's health and safety documentation.

"Y Science is one of the best events to get in touch with a diverse set of the top-notch researchers and science-based startups from the Nordics."


—  Michael Lütolf, Creathor Ventures


Y Science 2021 will take place on December 1st, 2021, 12.00-16.00, in Messukeskus, Helsinki, and the event programme will be divided into three sessions, each with its own pitching competition.

Throughout the event we will also reserve time slots dedicate to networking, so our audience can have the possibility to connect with other Y Science attendees and set up meetings using our matchmaking app. Moreover, since the event will have a hybrid format, attendees will also be able to follow the event remotely and schedule online meetings.

12.00 - 13.00: Health & Pharma 


Opening word by Olli Silvennoinen, Director of HiLIFE, UH


Keynote - Sanna Lauslahti, Managing director - Pharma Industry Finland (PIF)

Life science brings hope for a brighter future


Host - Juha Paakkola, Director - Health Capital Helsinki

Health pitching competition




Mark Daly, Director - Instritute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), University of Helsinki

FinnGen - Partnership with pharma to advance medical discovery


Anna-Maria Henell, CEO - Disior

The Disior Story


Student pitch - Polychronis Tatsis - Winner of the Planetary Health Hackathon


13.00 - 13.15: Networking break

13.15 - 14.20: Synbio, Biotech & Sustainability


Host - Nina Pulkkis, SynBio Powerhouse


SynBio documentary


Keynote - Perttu Koskinen, VP of Innovation, Discovery and External Collaboration - Neste

Providing globally scalable renewable and circular solutions to tackle climate change


SynBio Power Pitch


14.20 - 14.35: Networking break

14.35 - 15.40: Foodtech & Agritech


Host - Laura Forsman, Manager - Viikki Food Design Factory


Keynote - Thomas Bacon, Investor - Maki.vc

VC trends and opportunities in Foodtech


Foodtech pitching competition






Outi Mäkinen, CTO - Nordic Umami Company

From research to startup - Case Nordic Umami Company


Mari Granström, Founder - Origin by Ocean



Announcing the winners of the three pitching competitions


Closing remarks by Olli Silvennoinen, Director - HiLIFE, UH

15.40 - 16.00: Networking break​

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Pitching Competitions

Are you already on the path of turning your discovery into action? Our pitch-competitions are for you!


In 2021, Y Science will host three pitching competitions, one for each of the main sessions in the program:


All finalists will receive pitching training from experienced communication specialists before the event, as well as a ticket to attend Slush and the opportunity to showcase their idea to potential investors on December 1st.


The winner of each competition will be granted a 5,000 euros prize to take their exciting idea further!


Why Science

We're here to bring forth the value of science-based business, and encourage scientists to embrace a different way of thinking about impact. Y Science invites all those enthusiastic about life sciences and commercialization of research for a moment of mutual enlightenment.

The event, now at its forth edition, originates from a collaboration between 
Slush and HiLIFE from the University of Helsinki. This year we take it one step further and we welcome SynBio Powerhouse, Health Capital Helsinki, and Viikki Food Design Factory as co-organizers.


On December 1st, join us for a journey of discovery. Our path will pass through scientific breakthroughs, possibilities for concrete action and tasty teasers of what you can do with your skills if you just set your mind to it.

The event is one of the official side events of Slush, the biggest startup conference in the Nordics.