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EU-Startups Summit 2023: Networking Guide

On April 20-21, 2023, we will be welcoming you again to our annual EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! This year, the event will be bigger and better than ever before and we’ll have lots of exciting speakers, panel discussions, networking activities, pitch competitions and much more. The EU-Startups Summit will gather over 2,000 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors for two days of networking, inspiration and learning!

This year, we have an extra special focus on networking. With a dedicated networking area, a breakout zone and after-parties all planned, on top of a dedicated networking app, spaces to connect and opportunities to meet people from across the European startup ecosystem, the networking potential this year is huge!

Here, we highlight what you can expect:

EU-Startups Summit App

Powered by Grip, the EU-Startups Summit Networking App enables you to connect and meet with fellow participants, among which you’ll find investors, entrepreneurs, inspiring leaders and people on your same wavelength. The app is going to be your loyal companion and best friend over the two days of the EU-Startups Summit. 

With it, you can interact, chat and meet with essential contacts seamlessly. Just download from the app store, set up your profile and get going (search ‘EU-Startups Summit’). 

Once you’ve set up your profile, the advanced algorithms powered by AI suggest the profiles that are most relevant to you, helping you get to know the people that can make a difference in your entrepreneurial journey. With the matchmaking tool, you simply swipe left or right on the profiles that attract your attention and if there’s mutual interest, it’s a match! Then, you can chat directly in the app and set up face-to-face meetings. We suggest you meet at the designated networking area – you can simply book a table. 

The app also provides the event programme and detailed information about all the sessions, speakers and exhibitors. You can get notifications and sync to your calendar as well. 

Available on Android, IOS and desktop, the app will be ready 8 days prior to the Summit, so you can already get logged in and get going. Happy swiping!

PS: if you have any problems with the networking app login, please contact: [email protected] 

Networking Space

On the left side of the Exhibition Hall, we’ll have a dedicated space for networking. Meet your connections from the EU-Startups Summit app here, and make those conversations count. The tables are all numbered to keep it simple.

Schedule your one-on-one sessions on the app and meet your connections at this designated area. In this area, you’ll also find different networking activities to help break the ice. On top of that, there is the Cloudworks Lounge, on the right side of the exhibition hall where you can recharge. 

After Hours Networking

When things wrap up on the stage, we invite you to keep the conversation flowing at our after-hours networking events. These are the perfect chance to meet new people in a more relaxed style, explore new opportunities and connect over a drink.  

At the end of Day 1, we’ll host the Official EU-Startups Networking Party at Safari Disco Club from 7pm onwards. Make sure to get there quickly as the first 500 drinks are provided courtesy of reesmarxGLOBAL, a boutique global talent acquisition and expansion firm specialising in new market entry and worldwide recruiting needs. Cheers! 

At the close of Day 2, you then have the chance to send off the event with a drink at Cloudworks’ Rooftop After Party, taking place in the iconic Casa les Punxes on Avenida Diagonal from 6.30pm. Limited capacity for around 250 people is available for this exclusive evening of networking, drinks and delicious food in one of Barcelona’s most iconic buildings.

Breakout Zone

The beauty of meeting up in person is the chance to bounce ideas off one another and hear different perspectives and opinions. That’s why this year, we’ve set up a breakout zone. 

This dedicated space can be found on the right side of the exhibition hall and will be hosting conversations that will inspire your next strategies and give you the chance to learn from other people’s experiences, pain points and gather useful tips and tricks. 

The sessions are drop-in and include topics like pitching prep, social media strategy, storytelling guide and more. The breakout zone will also host speed networking activities! It’ll be taking place in the Exhibition Area and you can sign up via the App.

To learn more about the event, and the other fantastic things going on, check out our dedicated event page, and enjoy the video below, which will give you some insights into what’s to come.

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.

Vanta is the easy way to achieve compliance certifications such as SOC 2, ISO 27001, and more. Over 4000 fast-growing companies trust Vanta to automate their security monitoring and get ready for compliance audits in weeks instead of months. Simply connect your tools to Vanta, fix the gaps on your customised dashboard, and then work with a Vanta-trained auditor to complete your certification. And for a limited time, EU-Startups readers and attendees of the EU-Startups Summit will get $1,000 off Vanta. Just go to vanta.com/eustartups to get started.

EPAM is the foremost global digital transformation services provider – leading the industry in digital and physical product development and digital platform engineering services. Through its innovative strategy; integrated advisory, consulting, and design capabilities; and unique ‘Engineering DNA,’ EPAM’s globally deployed hybrid teams help make the future real for clients and communities around the world by powering better enterprise, education and health platforms that connect people, optimize experiences, and improve people’s lives.

Airwallex is a global payments and financial platform for modern businesses. It removes the unnecessary friction and cost inherent in the traditional financial system to help entrepreneurs achieve their global ambitions. Leading companies around the world trust Airwallex to manage everything from payments, treasury, and spend to embedded finance — all in one single platform. With an international footprint across the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Airwallex connects entrepreneurs, business builders and creators with opportunities in every corner of the world, and empowers them to grow without borders.

Italdesign is a state-of-the-art customer-centric, method-based company serving both traditional OEMs and newcomers in mobility, product and transportation design worldwide. It’s capable of influencing market changes with innovative designs and technologies and serves as a hub able to interconnect different sectors and expertise and integrate advanced technologies and services thanks to its technical and strategic partnerships. The 1000+ Italdesign professionals are providing an integrated set of methods, techniques and tooling aiming to the industrialization of new products, while providing services for every phase, from the initial idea to series production, including the turnkey process.

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.

Patricia Allen
Patricia Allen
is the Head of Content at EU-Startups. With a background in politics, Patricia has a real passion for how shared ideas across communities and cultures can bring new initiatives and innovations for the future. She spends her time bringing you the latest news and updates of startups across Europe, and curating our social media.
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