Közeleg a bécsi nagy startup fesztivál – Pioneers’18 is coming (en)

How We’re Innovating At Pioneers’18? (Extract from a newsletter.)
With just 10+ days to go until the next edition of our flagship event on May 24th-25th, we’re getting excited about a few of the novelties you’ll find at the Hofburg in Vienna. While all that is great about the event remains, 2018 visitors can look forward to a fresh look for our main Arena Stage in the gigantic ballroom. Expect a completely different layout and more of an ‘arena’ feel this year! Meanwhile our popular startup pitching sessions, which were bursting to capacity last year, are moving downstairs to a more spacious area.

As previously announced, there’ll be a specialist program of workshops and sessions dedicated to Series A startups, while for the first time it will be possible to relive or access selected content via Red Bull TV Live. We’re also giving an entire room over to an immersive Virtual Reality experience, with the help of German startup HolodeckVR. Finally, Pepper the friendly robot will be back – but this time playing a key role…

Driving Creativity At Pioneers’18: A key theme at the Hofburg in two weeks will be how technology is enhancing art and bringing it to a wider audience. Click here to read our blog interview with a top Pioneers’18 speaker from Google Arts & Culture, as well as news of the chance to experience Klimt like you’ve never experienced Klimt before…

Behind The Scenes at the Hofburg: As we build up to Pioneers’18, we take a look at just how much effort, equipment and planning goes into making our flagship event what it is. We get the lowdown on what it takes to build up our new Arena Stage, learn tricks of the trade from our Master of Ceremonies Chris Wells, and a whole lot more here.

GovTech.Pioneers Counting Down
With GovTech.Pioneers going ahead on May 23rd, the day before Pioneers’18, we’re bracing ourselves for our biggest ever week of innovation in Vienna. Our speakers (see above) will soon be packing their bags, while 24 of the 100 selected startups are getting set for the challenge of pitching at Europe’s first full-day GovTech event. They’ll be pitching in four tracks: Citizen Collaboration, Blockchain, Public Safety & Security and a track for a general variety of technologies. Get a sneak peek of them below!


Global Project: Pioneers Discover and Airbus
Pioneers Discover is pleased to announce that it will be working with French aerospace giant Airbus as the company launches its BizLab Season#4. Our consulting arm will be scouting startups ahead of pre-selection workshops set to take place in Bangalore, Hamburg and Toulouse, with the entrepreneurs selected standing the chance to go all the way through the program and win equity-free cash funding of up to €50,000. Applications are open until June 24th: find out more via the button below!

Pioneers Insights: The latest blog post from our Pioneers Discover consultancy team explores one of the most important trends in the healthcare industry, namely predictive analytics. We look at how it’s set to have a huge impact on all stakeholders. Read the article in its entirety here.

EIT Digital Challenge: In another opportunity for startups, we’re inviting European companies in the digital arena to apply for the EIT Digital Challenge, and win international growth support and prizes worth a total of €750,000. For this and several other open calls with Pioneers Discover, head here.

Busy In Vienna: This is our busiest month but we’re still looking forward to Austrian World Summit on May 15th. We’ve scouted six of the startups and have to admit we’re hoping to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger on his return to the event :) You can also catch us at our booth at WeAreDevelopers World Congress on May 16th-17th. Both events are in Vienna.

Entrepreneur Contest: We’ve got one spot at an upcoming Chili Nights Public Speaking Training workshop in Budapest in May to give away. If you’re a social or female entrepreneur and would like to be the lucky winner, then send an email with the subject line ‘Chili Nights Public Speaking Training’ to by tomorrow (Friday) at 1500 CET!


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