On May 2-3, we’re going to host the EU-Startups Summit in sunny Barcelona! At our annual flagship event, we showcase a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time.
Audience/Focus: The EU-Startups Summit 2019 will gather up to 1,200 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from across Europe. The two-day event is a great opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies. We’ll have fireside chats with internationally successful founders, great networking opportunities (with a dedicated networkink app), workshops, and an exciting pitch competition on the main stage with 15 startup teams – selected from almost 1,000 applicants!
In total, we’ll welcome about 70 high-profile speakers (successful entrepreneurs, investors, etc.) on stage at this year’s EU-Startups Summit. Here are some examples:
Funderbeam founder and CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp! Founded in 2013, Funderbeam is building the global startup stock-exchange – with a blockchain-based modern syndication system. The fast-growing company is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, has raised $10.5 million in funding, and employs an international team of ~50 people. Read more about Kaidi here.
Avi Meir, the founder and CEO of TravelPerk. Founded in 2015, TravelPerk is the world’s first all-in-one platform for booking business travel that is 100% free. Today, the Barcelona-based startup is one of the fastest growing ‘Software as a Service’ companies in Europe. The startup already employs more than 150 people and has so far raised a total of around €65 million. Read more about Avi here.
AirHelp founder and CEO Henrik Zillmer. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Gdansk (Poland), AirHelp is the world’s leading flight compensation company with more than 550 employees and offices across the world. AirHelp is already available in 30 countries, offers support in 16 languages, and has helped more than 7 million people process airline compensation claims worth about €800 million in total reimbursement. Read more about Henrik here.
Till Faida is the founder and CEO of Adblock Plus (eyeo) – the world’s most popular browser extension and most used ad blocking solution. Adblock Plus has been downloaded over 1 billion times so far and provides users more control over their surfing experience. The scale-up already employs over 130 people and counts about €40 million in annual revenue and roughly €25 million in profits. More info about Till and Adblock Plus can be found here.
Tugce Bulut, the founder and CEO of Streetbees. Founded 2015 in London, Streetbees is a global intelligence platform that reveals how people behave by analysing real-life moments collected from over 1 million Streetbees users from 150+ countries. The young company already employs 100+ people and has raised $17.1 million in venture capital. Read more about Streetbees and Tugce here.
Naren Shaam, the founder and CEO of Omio (GoEuro). Founded in 2012 in Berlin, Omio is the leading booking platform for transport across Europe. Omio’s over 300 employees are on a mission to unify transport and to facilitate more convenient travel booking. In total, Omio raised about €261 million from some of the world’s leading VCs. It offers travel options in 36 European countries, is used by more than 27 million people each month, and is now expanding globally. Read more about Naren here.
Daniel Gebler, the Co-founder and CTO of Picnic. Founded in 2015 and based in Amsterdam, Picnic is the world’s fastest growing online supermarket. Allowing customers to order food through a simple app, Picnic aims to make grocery shopping fun, affordable, and fast for everyone – delivered by Picnic’s fleet of electric vehicles. After raising a historic €100 million round in 2017, the startup’s next step is the expansion into Germany. Read more about Daniel here.
Sissel Hansen, the founder and CEO of Startup Guide – a publishing company that produces guidebooks and tools to help entrepreneurs navigate and connect with different startup scenes across the globe. Founded in 2014 by 21 year old Sissel, Startup Guide books today are available for 23 different cities in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. Startup Guide also has two physical stores, and Sissel already grew the company to a 25-person team, mostly based in Berlin and Lisbon.
Xavi Beumala, the founder and CEO of Marfeel. Founded in 2011 and based in Barcelona, Marfeel is a fast-growing adtech platform that helps publishers to create, optimise, and monetise mobile websites. Marfeel already has exclusive partnerships with over 20,000 global ad networks and exchanges, ensuring top-paying ads from premium advertisers, and reaches over 500 million readers a month. More info here.
Brigitte Baumann (European Business Angel of the Year) is the Founder and Chairwoman of Go Beyond – a firm that set out to transform angel investing as an asset class. Brigitte has been working in the technology sector for over 40 years. For example, she served as Senior Vice President of American Express, and also helped co-create Expedia. 15 years ago she then decided to focus on angel investing.
Badi Founder & CEO Carlos Pierre, Spotahome CEO & Co-founder Alejandro Artacho and HousingAnywhere CEO Djordy Seelmann will join us for a panel discussion about the future of the online flat rental market! The three founders are just perfect for this discussion, since they are innovating and growing rapidly in this field.
Also joining us on stage will be Marco Trombetti, the founder and CEO of Translated.com and of the VC firm Pi Campus, Dr. Jens Wohltorf, the founder and CEO of Blacklane (a global chauffeur-service), Michael Cassau, the founder and CEO of Grover (a fast-growing company innovating in the field of circular economy), and many more. In total we’ll welcome over 70 speakers on stage!
The full agenda, both for our main stage and for the workshop stage, can be found here.
Accelerator Panel & Crowdfunding Panel
We’ll have a panel discussion with some of Europe’s best startup accelerators (Techstars, APX, Wayra, Rockstart, Startup Wise Guys and Next Big Thing). More info can be found here. Also, we’ll have a panel discussion with some of Europe’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms (Seedrs, Crowdcube, Funderbeam and Startupxplore). More info here.
During the EU-Startups Summit, we’ll also have a big pitch competition with 15 of Europe’s most exciting early-stage startups. The pre-selected startups are going to pitch their business idea with a 3-minute-presentation in front of our attendees and an expert jury of well known investors. The winning startup team will receive an awesome prize package worth €75,000. The 15 finalists of this year’s pitch competition can be found here.
Investors on Stage
In contrast to the pitch competition, we’ll also have a session where we bring 20+ investors on stage who will briefly introduce their investment firm/focus. This year’s EU-Startups Summit will gather many of Europe’s leading Venture Capital investors, business angels and accelerators. Here we recently introduced you to 60 of them. Founders you can directly engage with them, and we are proud to have one of the best startup-investor ratios of any startup event out there. Here are some VC firms which joined us previously:
Timings & Tickets
The main event will take place on May 2-3, from 10am to 6pm. In the evening of May 2 we’ll also have a nice after-party for continued networking. The agenda can be found here.
Compared to other major tech events, we keep our ticket prices affordable, starting at €149 for startup founders and wantrepreneurs, €295 for investors, and €395 for corporates and service providers. Tickets are available here.
The event will take place at the convention centre of the Hesperia Tower Hotel, which is located between Barcelona airport and Barcelona city (Avinguda de la Granvia, 144). If you would like to stay directly in that hotel, they’re actually providing preferred terms for our attendees and speakers. You can reserve your room (incl. breakfast) here.
Below you’ll find some impressions of the 2018 edition of the EU-Startups Summit:
Our Event Sponsors
Arrow is a global technology company with thousands of engineers, exclusive online design tools, distribution services, marketing and supply chain expertise all set up to support you! They teamed up with leading entrepreneurship platforms like Indiegogo to help bring new ideas from concept to market, and put every resource in the hands of entrepreneurs.
Catalonia Trade & Investment is the public agency that works to attract foreign investment to Catalonia, promoting the area as attractive, innovative and competitive business location. Check their offerings and the Catalonia Startup Directory.
InfoJobs is the leading platform in Spain to find new job opportunities and the best talent. In 2018, more than 3 million jobs were offered and 1 out of 3 people who apply find a new job. Already over 50,000 companies in Spain are trusting InfoJobs every year to find talented employees.
Catalunya Emprèn, a program of the Generalitat de Catalunya, promotes public and private actions for the support of entrepreneurship. The creation, growth and success of startups and new companies, as well as the promotion of entrepreneurship, are the main objectives of this initiative.
SAP.iO is growing a generation of revolutionary software businesses in the SAP ecosystem. Through the SAP.iO Fund & Foundry, they help the next wave of enterprise software innovation build products, find customers and change industries by investing in and accelerating startup innovation.
Target Global is an international Venture Capital firm headquartered in Berlin, with €700 million in assets under management. Connecting the key European startup ecosystems, Target Global leverages the unique DNA of each of their target geographies, across their global network.
K-Startup Grand Challenge, organised by the Korean government agency NIPA, is a startup competition helping startups to expand into the Korean market and the broader Asian market. The application phase starts in April. The top 40 startups will be invited to Korea for a 3½ month-long accelerator program. Free office space and financial support included. The 1st prize winner will receive $100K cash prize.
Spaces offers creative working environments with a unique entrepreneurial spirit and a great community. Add an international network of mobile workspaces and a full calendar of business events and networking lunches, and you’ll see just how Spaces keeps you engaged and open to new possibilities. Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces wants to redefine the way work is done.
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