4 Years From Now (4YFN), the Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) global business platform for the growing community of technology startups, has awarded MailTime as the most innovative digital project at the Shanghai edition of the 4YFN Awards today. This startup, based in China and USA, focuses its activity on instant messaging, and as the winner, will have its own exhibition space at the 2018 edition of 4YFN Barcelona.
The jury, comprised of members of 4YFN Investors Club as Kim Leitzes, Entrepreneur in Residence at Click Ventures; Donna Nguyenphuoc, Partner at SPARQ Capital; Nicolas du Cray, Investment Director at Cathay Innovation; and Panda Wan, Founding Partner at Discovery Investment Group, selected MailTime from among all the projects exhibited at 4YFN Shanghai. . The other four finalists were: OpenAsAPP (Germany), application to convert job documents in interactive applications; QLC (China), startup focus on exploring alternative career and lifestyle experiences according to interest, goals and personal pursuits; SmartGolf (USA), a startup that works on the digitalisation of the golfing world; and ucfunnel (Taiwan), experts on IT, company projects and advanced technical analytics.
The prizes were awarded at the GMSA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, where 4YFN gathered nearly 150 startups from 16 countries. Among the international presence, startups from China, Korea, Spain, Germany, Israel, India and Japan stand out.
Over three days, 4YFN organised a full programme of activities aimed specifically at entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations. The event schedule included startup pitching sessions and networking activities. Also, the meeting included talks given by nearly 30 professionals, such as James Chou, CEO of Microsoft Accelerator Shanghai; Azita Arvani, Head of Innovation Partner & Venture Management at Nokia; and Steven Tong, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Asia, among others.
In order to connect with the Asian market, 4YFN gathered more than 40 members of the international investment community, 4YFN Investors Club, for a tour of the main centres in the Chinese entrepreneurial ecosystem. The group got a first-hand look at Chinaccelerator, the leading acceleration programme in Asia, and TechCode, a global incubation platform that works to connect entrepreneurs from all over the world and accelerate startup growth.
18 Spanish companies travel to Shanghai with MWCapital
A delegation of 18 Spanish companies, led by MWCapital, travelled to Asia as part of a joint initiative with the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, represented by the Secretary of State for Information Society and Digital Agenda with Red.es; the Regional Government of Catalonia, represented by ACCIÓ; and Barcelona City Hall, represented by Barcelona Activa.
Aleix Valls, CEO of MWCapital, explains that, “for MWCapital, the main goal in accompanying these Spanish companies to Shanghai is to help them to discover Asia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the business opportunities offered by this continent.” Valls adds that: “China is the ideal location for startups looking to establish themselves in global markets and create international commercial ties.”
Alvaro Martín, Cofounder at Waterrevive (Madrid), one of the companies that took part in the delegation, comments that, with MWCapital, they have achieved specific contracts with Asian dealers. “We came here to open ourselves to the Asian market and help them get to know our product. Taking part in 4YFN Shanghai has opened new opportunities to amplify our list of customers. We hope to be here again at the next edition,” adds Martín.
4YFN’s international presence
Following the close of the Shanghai event, 4YFN continues to bolster its international presence with the aim of connecting entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations from over the world in order to create new business opportunities.
At the beginning of September, the third edition of 4YFN will be held within the framework of the DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival. One week later, from 12-14 September, the platform will be present on the American continent for the very first time, with its own space at the first edition of the Mobile World Congress Americas.