By : Kelly Cho
South Summit 2019 is Spain’s leading innovation platform. Powered by IE University, it aims at connecting the most disruptive startups with the most influential investors and corporations around the world.
The summit is full of prestigious international business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. Attendees will meet Paul Misener, Vice President of the Global Innovation Policy of Amazon; Jennifer Kanyamibwa, Senior Director of Product Design at Twitter; and Ciaran Quilty, Vice President of Facebook for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. There are also C-suite executives from NASDAQ, DHL, Eventbrite, and some of the world’s largest investment funds like Softbank Vision Fund and Northzone.
As one would expect, you will hear from a range of European game-changers as well. To name a few:
- Valentin Stalf, founder and CEO of N26, the Berlin-based mobile bank that aims to revolutionize the financial sector
- Carlos Pierre, CEO and co-founder of Badi, the Barcelona proptech startup that has changed the flat-sharing market
- Tamaz Georgadze, co-founder and CEO of Raisin, one of the leading financial marketplaces in Europe.
At the same time, a Startup Competition will be hosted for the second consecutive year. Of the more than 3,700 projects from 115 countries, 100 innovative startups were selected as finalists to pitch and win. The startups competing are extremely disruptive: 95% of startups involved in previous editions are still active today, receiving more than US$2.6 billion in investment. The competition has become an important event at the conference. Like last year, attendees can participate in EnlightEDm, an inspiring networking space where people discuss how to reinvent education in the digital age, to make education more accessible for everyone.
These startups have big shoes to fill, as previous speakers include Glovo, an on-demand courier service; Cabify, Spain’s ride-sharing service; Drivy, a peer-to-peer rental service, Spotahome, a platform for renting mid- to long-term housing; Typeform, a SaaS that specializes in online form building and online surveys; and Wallbox, a company that develops electric car charging stations.
Better still, South Summit keeps transforming. This year, it covers new trends such as “Art, Culture & Music” and “Architecture & Design or Working Culture/Recruiting Talent” to promote creative industries and draw attention to the changing work culture. With a new conference app, participants will now be able to interact, and even schedule meetings with each other before the event begins.
South Summit is truly one of the most relevant and innovative meeting points in the European entrepreneurial ecosystem. The previous edition gathered more than 16,000 attendees from 100 different countries, including more than 6,700 founders, 4,300 corporates, and 175 investment funds with an estimated investment portfolio of €55 billion. This year, it will take place from October 2 to 4 at “La Nave,” the heart of Madrid’s startup ecosystem.
Go to the South Summit website for more information about the conference and how to purchase tickets.