EU-Startups Summit 2019

EU-Startups-Summit-2018On 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 bring together over 1,200 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, as well as media people from all 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 will have fireside chats with internationally successful founders out of the Internet space and an exciting pitch competition with 15 startup teams!
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The Speakers

Kaidi-FunderbeamAt the EU-Startups Summit 2019, we’ll have several high-profile entrepreneurs and investors among our speakers. The first speaker we announced a few weeks ago is Funderbeam founder and CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp! Founded in 2013, Funderbeam is building the global startup stock-exchange – with a modern syndication system and a blockchain-based platform. The fast-growing company is headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia, has raised a total of $10.5 million in funding and already employs an international team of about 50 people.

TravelPerk-CEOAlso joining us as a speaker will be 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. TravelPerk has the world’s largest inventory, best-of-breed technology, consumer-grade design and a very disruptive business model that is free to the user. The fast-growing startup already employs a team of more than 150 people and was able to raise a total of about €65 million till date.

Henrik-Zillmer-AirhelpThe 3rd speaker joining us at the EU-Startups Summit will be 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 so far helped more than 7 million people process airline compensation claims worth about €800 million in total reimbursement. Henrik is a serial entrepreneur, Y Combinator alumnus, and former Rocket Internet executive. He started more than 10 companies in Europe, Asia and USA within insurance, SaaS, travel and e-commerce.

Till-Faida-Adblock-Plus-EU-Startups-SummitAlso joining us will be the founder and CEO of Adblock Plus (eyeo), Till Faida. Adblock Plus (eyeo) is the world’s most popular browser extension and most used ad blocking solution. Adblock Plus, which was downloaded over 1 billion times so far, provides users more control over their surfing experience. Beyond that, the company builds software that encourages positive, informative advertising, and privacy protection practices. Today, the software company already employs a team of about 130 people. In 2017, Adblock Plus (eyeo) acquired the popular micropayments service Flattr. According to a recent speech by Tim Schumacher, an early investor in the company, Adblock Plus (eyeo) today already does about €40 million in revenue and roughly €25 million in profits. Impressive!

Tugce-StreetbeesTugce Bulut, the founder and CEO of Streetbees, will also join us in Barcelona! Founded in 2015 in London, Streetbees is a global intelligence platform that reveals how people behave, and why, by analysing real-life moments collected from worldwide over 1 million Streetbees users on an always-on basis. Users from over 150 countries already use the chat-style Streetbees app to share moments from their daily lives via videos, photos and text, giving as much or as little information as they like. Through applying advanced natural language processing technology to the results, Streetbees uncovers not just what they do, but also why they do it, and what drives them – and predicts what they may do next. The young company already employes over 100 people and raised about $17.1 million in venture capital by some of the world’s most renowned investors.

Naren_Shaam_goeuroNaren Shaam, the founder and CEO of GoEuro will also join us! Founded in 2012 in Berlin, GoEuro today is the leading booking platform for transport across Europe. The ambitious travel startup and its team of over 300 employees are on a mission to unify transport globally by accelerating product innovation and expanding into new markets, facilitating more convenient travel booking across the world. In total, GoEuro was able to raise about €261 million in venture capital from some of the world’s leading investors like Kinnevik AB, Kleiner Perkins, and Goldman Sachs. GoEuro already partners with over 800 European transport operators and offers ground and air travel options in 36 countries across Europe and full coverage in 15 of those markets, and more than 27 million people use GoEuro each month.

Many additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!

Pitch competition

AwardDuring 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 within a 3-minute-presentation in front of the audience and an expert jury of well known investors. The winner will receive an awesome prize package worth about €70,000. The application phase regarding the pitch competition will start in December of this year. Stay tuned!

Timings & Tickets

The main event is from 10am to 6pm. In the evenings we’ll have an after-party for continued neworking. The concrete agenda will follow soon. Tickets are available here.

Below you’ll find some impressions of the 2018 edition of the EU-Startups Summit:

Our Event Sponsors

Catalonia-Trade-InvestmentCatalonia 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.

InfojobsInfoJobs is the leading platform in Spain to find new job opportunities and the best talent. In 2017, more than 2.6 million jobs were offered, and almost 1.5 million job contracts were signed using the InfoJobs platform. Already over 50,000 companies in Spain are trusting InfoJobs every year to find talented employees.

catalunya-empren-logoCatalunya 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.