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:
Thank you all for joining us! We look forward to connecting again next year, and of course, staying in touch in the meantime 🙂
Thank you to our 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. Its 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. Already, the company has 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. Dassault provides businesses and people with collaborative 3D virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. They 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. Fundamentally, Dassault Systemes believes that 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.