Entrepreneurs and startups: listen up! 4YFN 2015 is here, with three startup competitions, one for each of the event’s thematic pillars: Disrupted by Mobile on Monday, 2 March; the IoT (Internet of Things) on Tuesday, 3 March; and Digital Media on Wednesday, 4 March.
From amongst all the entries received to participate in the startup competitions of 4YFN, the organization will select a total of 24: 8 for each thematic pillar. Those selected will present their projects at 4YFN before a panel headed by Gabby Czertok, General Manager at The Bridge Israel, the startup acceleration program backed by Coca-Cola; Vincent Meunier, Digital and Marketing Analytics Director at the ABSOLUT Company; and Peer Bentzen, Executive Vice-president of Deutsche Post.
With these specialized competitions 4YFN expands the opportunities for participants, and expects to beat the turnout at the Mobile Startup Competition, held at 4YFN 2014, which drew nearly 200 startups from 50 different countries.
Sharing the stage with major names in entrepreneurship and innovation
The first confirmed speakers to participate in this edition of 4YFN are leaders in the mobile sector, like Weili Dai, President and cofounder of Marvell Technology Group and winner of the Gold Stevie Award as Woman of the Year in the technological sector in 2013. The program also lists Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine, creator of the Maker Faire, and CEO of Maker Media; Alexander Izosimov, a member of Ericsson’s board of administration; François Moreau, CEO of Viaccess-Orca, part of France Telecom Orange Group; Pablos Holman, futurist, inventor and hacker; and Maelle Gavet, CEO of Ozon Holdings, an international venture capital group that has backed companies like Aegerion, asos, Dropbox, Etsy, Just Eat, King, MySQL, Skype and SoundCloud, among others. Another name confirmed is Ann Winblad, cofounder of the company Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and one of the 25 most powerful women in Silicon Valley according to Business Week magazine.
Journalists Mike Butcher, editor at large at TechCrunch, and Jimmy Maymann, CEO of The Huffington Post, will also be part of the program.
For the second consecutive year 4YFN will also feature participation by Fon CEO Martin Varsavsky, and by the renowned Israeli entrepreneur Yossi Vardi, present as the event’s chairman.
Fomenting relationships between startups and investors
Founders & Investors is a new networking forum for startups, investors, and venture capital funds. At this edition the entrepreneurs and investors who participate in these sessions will be grouped based on their activity sectors (applications, IoT, digital media, etc.), the funds their projects need, and the economic capacity of accelerators, investors and funds.
4YFN proposes the following classification: Business Angels:
- From 10K€ – 250K€
- VC Seed, from 250K€ – 1M€
- VC Early, from 1M€ – 3M€
- VC Growth for projects over 3M€.
Attention! We will soon disclose more details about how these sessions will work.
Mobile World Capital Barcelona promotes entrepreneurship as a catalyst for mobile innovation and as a key agent for the progress of the economy and business community. The Programme of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (PEI) is currently one of the foundation's main efforts, and is meant to accelerate this transformation.
The PEI’s activities include 4 Years From Now (4YFN), an international mobile entrepreneurship event sponsored by Mobile World Capital Barcelona to place supply and demand in contact, promote knowledge transfer, and encourage networking among entrepreneurs, professionals, startups, accelerators, incubators and investors from around the world.
Mobile World Capital presents a global vision that effectively integrates mobile technologies into the fabric of the industries transforming our lives. Committed to expanding the mobile experience throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain with strong support of the public and private sector.
Mobile World Capital is leading mobile transformation through commitments in Competence Centres, local Industry Development, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation programmes.
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