South Summit 2019 is almost here! It will take place this October 2nd-4th at La Nave in Madrid. South Summit has consolidated itself as a global reference point gathering startups with investors, as well as corporations focusing on business opportunities. More than 6,700 founders, 4,300 corporates and over 750 investors with an estimated investment portfolio of €55 billion were present in last year’s edition in Madrid.
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you can still buy them on the South Summit website. Tickets are available in three categories; attendee, business and investor/executive.
Powered by IE University, South Summit’s mission is to be the bridge connecting global entrepreneurial ecosystems. This year’s edition will be full of new prestigious speakers and leaders with international recognition, new vertical tracks and more.
Among the speakers will be Paul Misener, vice president of the Global Innovation Policy for Amazon; Jennifer Kanyamibwa, Senior Director of strategy and operations for product design at Twitter and Ciaran Quilty, EMEA’s vice president for Facebook. Some of the biggest investment funds around the world will also be present, including Softbank’s Vision Fund and Northzone, among others.
Regarding the successful entrepreneurs being part of this encounter, special mentions are Valentin Stalf, founder and CEO for N26, the mobile bank that’s currently revolutionizing the financial sector; Carlos Pierre, CEO and co-founder for Badi, an app that has positively impacted the search for roommates and apartments; Luis Sanz, founder of Olapic, e-commerce tool that works in accordance with member’s social media activity and brands. Renaud Visage, CTO and co-founder for Eventbrite, the app that provides organization and discovery of events, and lastly, Tamaz Georgadze, co-founder and CEO for Raisin, one of the most disruptive financial marketplaces in Europe.
In addition, South Summit Madrid will host EnlightED for the second consecutive year to understand technology’s role within education. EnlightED will have its own space where attendees will participate in an inspirational and active environment, and proposals and innovative experiences will be shared and discussed with a focus on making education accessible to everyone.
One of the main highlights of South Summit is its Startup Competition, which provides a platform for startups all over the world to compete amongst each other within the different verticals represented: healthcare & biotech, marketing & content, fintech & insurtech, consumer solutions, cutting edge technologies, digital business & government, travel & tourism, smart mobility & logistics, energy & sustainability and edtech.
In this competition, the startups competing are really disruptive: 95% of startups involved participating at South Summit in previous editions are still presently active today, having received more than $2.6 billion in investment.
This year, there were more than 3,700 projects, from 115 different countries, with 62% international presence. After various committees, these are reduced to a final 100, whom will be present and pitching their projects during South Summit. These 100 finalists are chosen by a panel of 150 experts and investors in their fields. There will be one winner per vertical and all of them will pitch at the final round to be the South Summit 2019 champion.
South Summit keeps reinventing, and this year includes new trendy tracks such as environment & planet, or art, culture and music, to put focus on the creative industries; architecture & design or working culture/recruiting talent, with content targeting how the work culture is changing. Of course, the programme will also include industries previously present in past editions, such as fintech, smart cities and machine learning.
In addition, South Summit 2019 with also be adding a new Demo Stage to foment Open Innovation. This stage will host startups that are looking to get involved with big companies, as well as corporations aspiring to get to know top innovators.
Thanks to the newly designed app for South Summit, this year’s participants will be able to interact with the rest of agents in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and more importantly schedule meeting amongst each other before the kickoff date.
As in last year’s edition, La Nave will host the Open Innovation Forum (OIF), which takes place one day before the start of the South Summit, where the attendees will have the chance to inform themselves on the present and future of Open Innovation, when applied to the consolidation of ecosystems regarding corporates and startups.
South Summit has already become one of the most relevant meeting points within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in terms of innovation, through the level of success it has amassed via the previous editions. In 2018, the convention gathered more than 16,000 attendees from 100 different countries, more than 6,700 founders, 4,300 corporates, more than 750 investors, more than 550 international leaders and over 550 media outlets.
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