Barcelona, Spain—Barcelona is calling!

Barcelona called and ESN answered. Representing this year’s 2017 ESN Startup Village at the 4YFN conference is a group of about 20 startups and national associations. The conference was held 27 February – 1 March 2017 at the Fira Gran Via, in parallel to the Mobile World Conference (MWC). Exciting moments included a visit from the Alexander De Croo, Deputy prime minister and minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, who took a trip into another dimension with Yondr’s Virtual Reality Display, asked questions about Parkd’s Internal Parking Meter, and discover more about Online CRM technology with Teamleader. This followed with the European Champions Pitching Session and Obstacles & Opportunities Workshop in the Dome. Special guests for the workshop included Greg Cudahy, Global Leader – TMT (Technology, Media & Entertainment, Telecom) at EY, and Chris Dial, Senior Director, Cloud ISVs and Startups at Microsoft.

Organised to draw top talents from the technology and innovation community, ESN and its partners have recruited these champion delegates to represent the best of Europe. The pitching session was presented at the Nestle stage, with five representative champion startups. Speakers included Jeroen De Wit, founder & CEO Teamleader, Dimitri Maex, President Sentiance, Ingrid Willems, co-founder & CEO DataScouts, Michael Merz, Ubirch, and Theodore Marescaux, CEO Muuselabs. Themes ranged between Ecosystem Intelligence, Blockchain Encryption and Jooki, the Jukebox for kids.

With an expectation of over 18,000 attendees, the opportunities to network, build relationships and expand the pan-European market flourished in this three day event. “Speed to the market is often one of the key success elements in startup growth,” comments Karen Boers, CEO and Co-Founder of the ESN, “Through the ‘European Champion Startup’ delegation at a leading tech conference like 4YFN, we wish to accelerate the visibility and market access of high-potential scaleups.” 4YFN stands for “Four Years From Now,” an international mobile startup event that serves as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress and Mobile World Capital conference. The 4YFN website promises to: “Connect your startup. Innovate within a corporation or public entity. Discover co-investment opportunities. Engage startups to your event.” This delegation is one of several opportunities the ESN hopes to facilitate in the next couple of months. As one of its go-to-market opportunities, ESN also plans on attending CeBIT/Scale11 in Hanover next month.



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 About European Startup Network

The European Startup Network is a non-profit organisation launched in 2016 as a grassroots effort towards developing the startup ecosystem of Europe. The goal is to harmonise and empower European startups with respect to: entrepreneurial culture, market access and access to information on how to navigate the legal environment (eg. bureaucracy, corporate law, data protection and taxes). To achieve this, the ESN has developed a joint Action Plan to collaborate with all relevant local communities, pan-European networks, as well as European Commission departments and officials to improve national and European policy making, facilitate an international Go-To-Market, as well as build and strengthen startup ecosystems.