On May 12-13 we will be hosting the 8th edition of our annual EU-Startups Summit in beautiful Barcelona. This truly unmissable event is coming back to an in-person format with a bang, and we’re bringing you the chance to network and connect with over 1,600 startup enthusiasts, founders and investors. You’ll get to listen to inspirational talks and fireside chats from Europe’s leading entrepreneurs and some of the biggest names in the European startup community. Not to forget our super exciting pitch competition!
Joining us from one of Europe’s fastest-growing musictech companies is Tom Hoglund, the Co-Founder and CRO of Epidemic Sound! Tom will come to Barcelona to give a keynote on how an innovative digital rights model disrupted the music industry and has created one of today’s fastest-growing unicorns.
Tom, one of the founding team members of Epidemic Sound, is a lawyer by trade and has been responsible for the successful scaling of this exciting company. Tom and his team are on a mission to soundtrack the world by disrupting the global music industry, estimated to be worth in the region of $20 billion.
Epidemic Sound, founded in 2009 in Stockholm, was launched with the aim to address a specific gap in the market—to add music to digital media. It operates on an innovative digital rights model that is paving the way for creators – everyone from YouTubers and small businesses to the world’s largest brands – to use ‘restriction-free music’. It allows creators to take their video to the next level, whilst simultaneously supporting musicians financial and creatively.
Epidemic Sound has since become an unstoppable startup, taking the prestigious unicorn crown in 2021. The demand for restriction-free music is continuing to grow alongside the rising demand for soundtracking visual stories on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. Epidemic Sound are certainly at an exciting point in its company story – growing quickly and innovating at scale. The company has now raised over €460 million and has a rapidly-growing team of more than 450 members.
With offices in 6 major cities across the world (Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Hamburg and Amsterdam), Tom will share how he and his team built up the pioneering musictech startup that is revolutionising an industry. He will also discuss how he invented the most innovative/controversial legal model in the music industry, which has set the foundation for Epidemics’ success, as well as the importance of strategic partnerships with the likes of Adobe, Getty, Canva and StreamTV.
Our Event Sponsors
Silicon Castles is a Tech Company Builder and Strategic Business Accelerator for technology, intellectual property and licensing businesses, located in Salzburg, Austria. The focus is on European Diamonds: technology startups with a unique business idea, scalable technology and outstanding intellectual property. Silicon Castles also organizes the Startup Executive Academy (SEA), an international Go-to-Market program for founders and executives of early-stage startups, taking place annually since 2017.
Unleashed, by the Purina Accelerator Lab, is the first and only accelerator programme in Europe dedicated exclusively to pet-tech. Their goal is to shape the future of pet care by supporting disruptive pet startups with technologies in advanced nutrition, sustainability, health and digital solutions that enrich the lives of pets and the people who love them. Over the last 2 years, Unleashed had accelerated 12 pet startups, facilitated >350 founders in the Unleashed community and welcomed over 1000 subscribers to the Unleashed pet tech newsletter.
Webex offers industry leading solutions in video conferencing, team collaboration, calling, contact centre and devices, and is trusted by 95% of the Fortune 500. With Webex, businesses can simplify communication, inspire innovation, and empower people to engage with each other anywhere on any device – giving businesses the ultimate edge. Because, when businesses enable employees to bring their best selves to work, everyone wins.
Freshworks is the leader of cloud-based customer and employee software including CRM, livechat, support, marketing automation, ITSM, & HRMS. Products are simple to set up, cost-effective & equipped with powerful automation. Through the Freshworks for Startups program the EU-Startups community can gain access to up to $10k credits on essential tools & products for your Startup. You also get access to Freshworks’ community of VCs, Investors, Mentors, & Customers. Claim your benefits here.
MarketerHire is the fast, easy way to get access to the world’s best marketers. Our recent launch into Europe means you now have on-demand access to our global network of expert, pre-vetted marketers with zero financial risk and full flexibility. We already have over 3,500 customers ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies, including: Netflix, AngelList, Plaid, Quip, Skillshare, Udacity and others.
Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. We have worked with hundreds of startups to support their dreams and help them scale up and launch innovative and disruptive products onto the global market. We believe the only progress is human, and startups are pivotal to driving it forward.
SafetyWing is building the first global safety net for remote companies, remote workers and nomads worldwide. Their products are built and designed by a fully remote team of nomads distributed across three continents. Remote Health by SafetyWing is a global health insurance that covers your employees and contractors worldwide under one simple plan.
ACCIÓ – Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan Government’s agency that works to attract foreign investment to Catalonia, promoting the region as attractive, innovative and competitive business location for startups. Check out their offerings and the Catalonia Startup Directory.