On April 24, we’re going to host the EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! It’s our annual flagship event where we showcase a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and where we come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time.
The EU-Startups Summit 2018 will be held in the Auditori AXA in Barcelona. The event will be held between 10 am and 6 pm and we’re expecting 750 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs as well as media people from all across Europe. A great opportunity for networking!
The EU-Startups Summit is the perfect event for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international companies from within Europe. We will have fireside chats with internationally successful founders out of the Internet space and an exciting pitch competition with 15 startup teams!
At the EU-Startups Summit 2018, we’ll have several high profile entrepreneurs and investors among our speakers. Below you’ll find a short overview:
Oscar Pierre, the founder and CEO of Glovo. Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Barcelona, Glovo is transforming the way consumers access local goods, enabling anyone to get nearly any product delivered in less than 60 minutes. So far, Glovo was able to attract more than €37 million in venture capital. Currently present in more than 10 cities (in Spain, Italy, France), Glovo is expanding its “anything-on-demand” delivery marketplace now internationally, to lead the last-mile delivery sector. With more than 250,000 customers, Glovo surpassed the one-million orders threshold in July 2017.
Since Glovo is one of the fastest growing startups in Europe right now, we’re sure Oscar will have some interesting stories to share with us at the EU-Startups Summit. Aged 25, Oscar is one of Europe’s youngest and at the same time most successful startup leaders. He recently made it on the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list. At the EU-Startups Summit, we’ll be doing a fireside chat with him to hear about his entrepreneurial journey with Glovo and his learnings along the way.
Morten Lund – a well known serial entrepreneur, and with over 115 personal investments probably Europe’s most active angel investor! Morten’s journey as an entrepreneur has seen him reach great highs and lows. He was an early investor in Skype, which was sold to eBay in September 2005 for $2.5 billion, and again in May 2011 to Microsoft for $8.5 billion. This led to a big payday for Morten and the whole founding team of Skype. Just a few years after the Skype exit, Morten had to file for personal bankruptcy in January 2009 following a disastrous end to his free newspaper venture Nyhedsavisen. In April of 2010 Morten announced that he was out of bankruptcy.
In his 20s Morten started his first successful company, which became one of Denmark’s leading web design agencies. Morten eventually sold it to Leo Burnett at the age of 27. In his 30s, Morten created Denmark’s first incubator, active in Skype, ZYB, Bullguard, Polar Rose, Zecco and 80 other startups. A more recent smash hit was Tradeshift, a digital invoicing group founded in his basement in November 2009. In total, Tradeshift was able to raise more than $180 million in venture capital and is expanding on a global scale. Now in his 40s, Morten is concentrating on financial technology companies linked to Tradeshift, with Capital Aid as the standout project. At the EU-Startups Summit, Morten will share some of the learnings he made as investor and serial entrepreneur and will tell us what excites him today!
Ida Tin – the Danish superstar entrepreneur and founder/CEO of the world’s fastest growing female health app Clue! Headquartered in Berlin and founded in 2013, Clue helps women understand their cycle so they can discover how to live a full and healthy life. Today, Clue has more than five million active users in over 190 countries, and is one of the most popular apps in the “Health & Fitness” category in the United States, Germany, the UK, Brazil, France, Mexico and many others. Clue’s vision is to help people all around the world benefit from insights into female health. As a lifelong entrepreneur and a modern feminist, Ida Tin is convinced that technology will profoundly change the future of family planning. Ida grew up travelling the world on motorcycles with her family and later founded a motorcycle touring company doing high end tours world wide.
Ida and her team have so far raised €30 million from some of the world’s most renown investors. Today, Clue employs about 60 people and is still growing fast. At the EU-Startups Summit, Ida will share the learnings she made while building Clue into the leading female health app.
Steli Efti – Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales expert and founder/CEO of Close.io! Steli was born in Greece and raised in Germany. When he entered the startup world, he sold everything he owned and bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco. He is an alumni of Y Combinator and his company has received funding from Spark Capital, SV Angel, Start Fund, and Omidyar Networks as well as several notable angel investors. His company Close.io provides an inside sales CRM which lets you make calls with one click, send emails automatically, and which conveniently tracks all sales activity.
Steli is a very charismatic speaker and known for his great speeches about the startup hustle and sales tactics that really work. He’s also the author of 6 books on startups and sales. At the EU-Startups Summit Steli will talk about the startup mindset, the importance of sales for startups, and the best sales tactics.
Riccardo Zacconi – the Co-founder and CEO of King! The European unicorn (over €1 billion valuation) created blockbuster games like Candy Crush (and many more), and today is one of the world’s leading games companies. The Italian entrepreneur Riccardo Zacconi co-founded King in 2003 and grew the company from a tiny team to a 2,000+ employee corporation. In February 2016, King was acquired by Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion, and now operates as its own entity within that company. Riccardo has over 20 years of experience in the e-commerce, Internet and gaming space. Before founding King.com, he served as Vice President of European Sales and Marketing at uDate.com, an online dating service, until the company was acquired by InterActive Corporation in 2002 for about $100 million. Before that, he was Managing Director for Spray Network, an online portal based with a presence in Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Spray Network was sold to Lycos for $764 million.
At the EU-Startups Summit Riccardo will share his learnings about building and scaling one of Europe’s most valuable tech/gaming companies.
Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. If we already got your attention and you’re able to be in Barcelona at that time, we highly recommend you to purchase your ticket now!
During the EU-Startups Summit, we’ll also have a big pitch competition with 15 of Europe’s most exciting early-stage startups. The pre-selected startups are going to pitch their business idea within a 3-minute-presentation in front of the audience and an expert jury of well known investors. The winner will receive an awesome price package worth about €20,000. The application phase regarding the pitch competition will start in February 2018 and will end on the 15th of March. More info will follow soon!
We kept it affordable: The three ticket categories we’re offering (€85 – €195) already include food and drinks during the event. Tickets can be purchased here!
Below you’ll find some impressions of the previous edition of the EU-Startups Conference: