On May 12-13, 2022, we hosted the in-person return of the EU-Startups Summit in sunny Barcelona – and it was an incredible two days! From a buzzing exhibition hall, a chatter-filled networking space to insightful keynotes and exciting pitches, this year’s Summit brought plenty of opportunities to learn, get inspired and connect with new and familiar faces. In total we gathered roughly 1,700 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors during the 2-day event.
For the pitch competition, which can only be described as electrifying, we had 15 finalists (from a massive 1,300 applicants!) battle it out on the main stage. Icelandic startup GreenBytes took the crown of Pitch Champion 2022!
With regards to networking, we had plenty of space for our attendees to get chatting in our dedicated networking area, and, we also had a networking after-party which was sponsored by Ion Pacific. But that’s not all. This year, we also had a dedicated networking app so our attendees could swipe and match on the most relevant contacts. Our EU-Startups Networking app saw almost 7,000 connections being made, with around 12k messages sent on the platform, and, our exhibitors generated more than 6,300 leads!
We also had a busy exhibition hall, which was a popular space for our attendees to find out more about exciting new startups and innovations. Our exhibition hall hosted over 60 businesses on both days of the event – ranging from startups to enterprises to accelerator programmes. The full list of exhibitors can be found here.
So – to thank you all for coming and to keep celebrating these two days and the successful in-person comeback of the EU-Startups Summit, we gathered together over 300 of the best pictures from both days of the event. Here they are: