HELSINKI, November 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Europe's leading startup and technology conference Slush is organized for the 9th time this week. The event gathers 17,500 attendees including 2,336 startups, 1,146 investors and 610 journalists to Helsinki. There are over 2,300 volunteers building the event. This year, Slush is more international than ever. Global community events have already been organized in Tokyo, Singapore and Shanghai. The Slush year culminates this week, as the two-day startup and tech event kicks off in Helsinki on Wednesday. In addition to the main event, there are over 300 side events organized in the Helsinki metropolitan area. 60 percent of the attendees arrive from outside of Finland - from a total of 124 countries. The countries with the most participants, after Finland and Sweden, are the United States, Great Britain and Russia. Slush focuses on creating an event that brings the highest value to startups. The team goes all-in to create an event that generates opportunities for founders and investors to connect. "There is a record-high number of investors and growth companies coming to Slush 2016. We are expecting close to 7,000 pre-booked startup-investor meetings, whereas last year we had 6,000 of them," says Marianne Vikkula, CEO of Slush.