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Nordic start-ups perform at Slush

The Helsinki New Technologies Festival has shown their capacity to grow quickly.

At the opening of Slush on Wednesday, the 3,200 entrepreneurs and 1,500 investors who jostled each other during the most “undergound” of exhibitions dedicated to tech were able to convince themselves of the good health of Nordic start-ups. They heard the Finnish Miki Kuusi, creator of the European leader in meal delivery Wolt, tell how he had just sold his “baby” for 7 billion euros; or his compatriot, Ilkka Paananen, from Supercell, one of the European video game giants, which was the continent’s first start-up valued at more than 10 billion; or the Swede Peter Carlsson, from Northvolt, whose battery mega-factory will soon open in Lapland.

These Nordic regions, where the corporate culture is a given, and where many fans of new technologies live, are fertile ground for start-ups. For Wilfrid Kroath, who represents French Contentsquare, leader in the study of website user behavior in the region, “it begins

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