- The 4YFN 2016 event will cover 18,000 m2 at the Fira de Barcelona convention facility on Montjuïc - more than double that at the 2015 edition
- Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, and Zack Weisfeld, Managing Director of Microsoft Ventures, are among the first confirmed speakers
- The forum is committed to startup competitions as a platform to uncover the most innovative projects in the digital sphere
- Founders & Investors stands strong as the meeting forum for entrepreneurs and investors as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress
Barcelona, 20 October 2015 - 4 Years From Now (4YFN), the business platform for the growing community of technology startups at the international level, backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, launches the third edition of the event, in collaboration with the GSMA Mobile World Congress. With a view to supporting digital entrepreneurial talent, 4YFN 2016 is expanding its space to 18,000 m2, more than double that at the 2015 edition, and presenting a wide range of activities aimed at generating new business opportunities for the entrepreneurial community worldwide. 4YFN 2016 will be held at Fira de Barcelona on Montjuïc from 22 to 25 February.
The 4YFN 2016 grounds have been expanded in response to the requests for space filed by startups, investors, accelerators and Spanish and international corporations at previous editions. This enlargement will make it possible to create new spaces hosting startup competitions, lectures, round table talks, fireside chats, and workshops featuring leading professionals in the field of digital innovation. Space is now available for reservation. Thus far delegations from around the world - including Austria, Belgium, Colombia, South Korea, France and the UK - have signed up for the event.
The 4YFN 2016 line-up of activities will revolve around three core themes (Disrupted by Mobile, the Internet of Things and Digital Media), bringing together the most innovative professionals and ideas in the digital sphere. At this third edition the organisation plans to see even more participation than at last year’s event, which drew more than 8,000 attendees - triple that at the 2014 edition.
Wikipedia, Microsoft Ventures and The Huffington Post have been added to 4YFN 2016's programme.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia and co-chair of the social network TPO; Jon Bradford, co-founder of F6s, one of the world's largest contact platforms for entrepreneurs and startups, and Tech.eu, a leading information source in the entrepreneurship sector; Zack Weisfeld, Managing Director of Microsoft Ventures; Rene Rechtman, Head of International at Maker Studios; Nathan Eagle, CEO and founder of Jana; Samir Arora, CEO, founder and chairman of Mode Media; and Bhav Singh, CEO of Sandbox Partners, are the first confirmed speakers.
And, for the second straight year, the series of talks will also include The Huffington Post CEO Jimmy Maymann. Yossi Vardi, distinguished figure in Israel’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, will also have a key role at the event as 4YFN Chairman.
Competitions, talent and digital innovation
4YFN 2016 is committed to startup competitions as an instrument to discover the most innovative projects in the digital sphere. Along this line, the organisation is repeating its 4YFN Awards, a thematic startup competition recognising the most innovative projects in the digital realm. The awards, which will be issued based upon the opinions of a panel of professionals from different sectors, include three competitions, with one each day. As at the previous edition, they will focus on the event's core themes: Disrupted by Mobile, on February 22; the Internet of Things, on February 23; and Digital Media, on February 24.
Jon Bradford, co-founder of F6s and Tech.eu, will be the 4YFN Awards' new MC.
The 4YFN 2016 will also feature the world finals of the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament, the first international competition for startups, backed by IBM and 4YFN. Startupbootcamp IoT & Data, meanwhile, will also present its demo days at 4YFN in order to share with attendees the achievements of startups that have participated in its three-month acceleration process.
Founders & Investors, the meeting forum for startups and investors at the GSMA Mobile World Congress
The Founders & Investors sessions, which at the 2015 edition produced 5,000 meetings between entrepreneurs and investors, will also form part of 4YFN 2016. With more space, focused on the event's three core themes, and offering new options for entrepreneurs and investors to find projects and accelerate their development, these meetings have carved out a role as the key forum for startups and investors participating in the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
4YFN (4 Years From Now) initiative by Mobile World Capital Barcelona is the meeting point for the growing community of global technology startups. This business platform brings together startups, investors and large companies, in order to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem that positions Barcelona as a leader in digital entrepreneurship.
Throughout the year, 4YFN's team deploys a full spectrum of activities aimed at building tech startup communities. The highlight of the programme is 4YFN, held alongside Mobile World Congress, in partnership with the GSMA. This event has become the world’s most influential startup event devoted to innovation in the digital ecosystem. The next edition will take place on 22th-25th February 2016 in Barcelona.
Mobile World Capital Barcelona
Mobile World Capital Barcelona is a shared vision and collective action to transform Barcelona into a mobile and digital hub and to improve people’s lives. With the strong support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, Mobile World Capital Barcelona focuses on changing the economy, education, healthcare and lifestyles through four programmes: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, mSchools, mHealth, and Smart Living.
In addition to hosting the Mobile World Congress, MWCapital creates community platforms such as the Mobile World Centre and 4 Years From Now (4YFN), an event connecting startups .
Changing together at www.mobileworldcapital.com
For further information:
Tatiana Viladomat – Mobile World Capital Barcelona
+34 663 700 314
Adriana Ribas - Román y Asociados
+34 93 414 23 40/ +34 646 23 93 26