An amazing experience that has set the ground stones for an exciting entrepreneurial career. Coudn’t wish a better explanation and description for what an entrepreneur actually is and does. Big time thanks for Slush and the inspirational Takeoff event.

Gabriel Abrahamsson, Thoren Business School, Sweden
Participated Takeoff 2018 as a Team Leader



Takeoff – A Business Event for Young people

Takeoff is a business event for young people, that inspires and gives a glimpse into future working life and start-up world. At Takeoff, high school and vocational school students get to hear speeches Finnish and international guests from the top of the business world, solve problems in workshops run by partners, and network internationally. Yearly Takeoff is attended by a total of 300 young people from Finland, Sweden and Estonia and therefore the language of the event is English.

Earlier the event was known as Slush Youth. In five years over 1 300 students all over Nordics have participated in the event.

In 2020, Takeoff will be held remotely on November 20th and is a one-morning, concise program outreach that encourages young people to pursue their career dreams. The themes of the 2020 event are the challenges and opportunities offered by a changing world, online interaction and sustainability.

Takeoff is an event organized by the Economy and Youth TAT with partners Slush, Nordea and Lidl.


How to take part – practical implementation

Takeoff 2020 will be held completely virtually in the Microsoft Teams environment on November 20 as a one-morning event. To participate in Takeoff, the teacher is required to lead his/hers students through the event in a classroom where participants gather to watch and take part in the event broadcasting. Students from the same educational institution participate in the event as a group from one place, so that face-to-face interaction becomes part of the event and group work is facilitated. There is no limit to the number of participants in Takeoff this year, i.e. all willing students from the same institution can participate, of course taking into account the institution’s own facilities.

The registration for Takeoff 2020 opens in October 2020 here. Once again it is the teacher’s responsibility to register the school to Takeoff.