This second edition of the 4YFN event looks like it will outpace the success of its debut in 2014. The event for entrepreneurs runs parallel to the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Last year it attracted more than 2,300 visitors, and the 2015 edition is expected to double the participation of last year. The event will maintain its essence while incorporating new mobile industry trends.
The aim of the event is still to give voice, space and investor access to startups driving innovation in the areas of mobile and digital. Technology is about more than big manufacturers, evidenced by the fact that those large corporations are increasingly looking to early-stage startups for collaboration and investment. The GSMA Mobile World Congress has pushed forward the initiative to make 4YFN the principal event in Europe for entrepreneurs and investors in the mobile industry.
What will this year bring, and what can we expect? It will take place on March 2-5 in hall 8 of the Fira de Monjuic (find the details here). Here is a summary of what will take place:
- Speakers. Martin Varsavsky, CEO of FON and investor, will take part again this year. Along with him will be CEOs of important media companies (Jimmy Maymann of the Huffington Post, Mike Butcher, of TechCrunch, Hosi Simon and Andrew Crighton of Vice and Patrick de Laive of the Next Web), and representatives of interesting technology companies from all over the world, from the British Shazam to the Germran MyTaxi, along with several American firms (Twitter, Bandsintown and Evernote are some of the names), and, of course, many from Spain: Kantox, Ulabox, Cartodb and the recently sold Trovit. There will be more than 120 top names in the startup world.
- Investors. An important part of 4YFN is the opportunity it gives startups to meet with investors and capital risk funds. Among others, firms such as Accel Parnters, Inveready, Andreeseen Horowitz, 500 Startups and Tecnalia Ventures will be present (here you have the complete list). The reason for so much networking is to bring together groups of people based on the type of investment (pre-seed, seed, early and growth), and the sectors they operate in.
- Sectors. Last year the sharing economy (Airbnb), transportation (Waze) and the impact of mobile on investment were hot topics. This year three areas will dominate the program: mobile disruption (or what is understood as transforming the sector), Internet of Things and digital media. Each area will have its own startup competition, where more than 500 projects from 56 different countries will present (Spain, U.S., U.K, and Germany leading the ranking). It is double last year’s number, so to help you navigate them all we have analyzed their profiles in this infographic.
- Startups. Who will be there? You’ll find 200 startups exhibiting at 4YFN. For our Award we have preselected 24 finalists, eight from each category. Among the types of startups there are virtual payments (Dinube), cooking and health (Chopchop, Edamam and Kickdish), video, music, photography and virtual reality (PhotoMath, Timepath and Rormix) and solutions for the hyper-connected world: Clime, to control temperature, light and humidity through sensors, Fuel Loyal, to optimize gas consumption in the transportation sector, Sentiance, which uses environmental intelligence to create contextual experiences and Circular Devices, the company that created Puzzlephone: the modular telephone that competes with Google’s ARA project.
You can find the entire list at this link and download the official mobile app to check who’s at the event and what keynotes are going on. The winners will be announced after the event. For additional information, you can consult the detailed program of conferences and workshops here to make the best use of your time at the event. If you are registered on the website you will also have acces to the networking tool that 4YFN has developed to connect its attendees.
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.
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