THREE categories, THREE pitching sessions, THREE days, ONE winner! We are thrilled to say we received 128 entries from contestants spanning over 53 cities in 20 countries worldwide.
4YFN joins Mobile World Congress and enters the US for the very first time in September this year, bringing our usual dose of pioneering startup pitching sessions, however these carefully selected brainy entrepreneurs will not just be pitching for an investor’s acknowledgement and stare, they will be pitching to be crowned Silicon Valley’s No.1 startup during the event and will be awarded with global media coverage and a booth at next year’s’ flagship event in Barcelona.
Five teams from each theme have made it to the finals, making it a total of 15 finalists. Five teams will battle it out on stage each day in the Soracom Theater, in the hope to be crowned the winner during the finale on the afternoon of Thursday 14 September (15:50 – 16:00).
This years’ awards have been divided into the following themes:
Identity, Blockchain, Cyber Security (Pitching time: Tuesday 15:00 – 16:00, Soracom Theater)
Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence (Pitching time: Wednesday 15:00 – 16:00, Soracom Theater)
Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality (Pitching time: Thursday 12:30 – 13:30, Soracom Theater)
The 15 pioneering projects that have been picked to join us next month are:
Identity, Blockchain, Cyber Security
ShareG (San Jose, USA) allows the user to travel globally carefree without swapping sims or paying roaming fees.
FirstPoint (Netanya, Israel) offers a Cellular network based cyber security for mobile phones and cellular IoT.
Vitcord (Barcelona, Spain) is a mobile app which allows to create one video together.
InvizBox (Dublin, Ireland) creates a new WiFI hotspot allowing you to connect any of your devices to (laptop, phone, etc.) for significantly enhanced privacy.
Phluido’s (San Diego, USA) Radio-as-a-Service (RaaS) technology is the first solution that brings C-RAN performance and D-RAN cost together, making “C-RAN over IP” a reality.
Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence
FORCIOT Ltd (Tampere, Finland) delivers sensor based force IOT solutions & related integration services.
Tempow (Paris, France) dedicated Bluetooth research and development lab catering to the needs of hardware and chipset manufacturers looking to enhance Bluetooth technology.
Fireflies.ai (San Francisco, USA) can summarise conversations across email, Facebook, Slack, and meetings into key action items using AI.
Diabnext Team (Boston, USA) offers next generation Diabetes management enabled by smart hardware and AI.
Wynd Technologies (Redwood City, USA) focuses on improving air quality for families globally, and bringing the most comprehensive insights about air quality to individuals and communities.
Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality
Valkyrie Industries Ltd (London, UK) offers a scalable novel platform to deliver realistic feeling of touch to virtual & augmented simulations and beyond.
Broomx Technologies (Barcelona, Spain) offers immersive 4D projections and a content platform to enjoy VR in real spaces without using individual headsets.
Ascape VR (San Francisco, USA) is the first ever travel agency for virtual reality trips connecting travel brands to VR creators and travel lovers. Ascape is for those with a ‘wanderlust gene’ looking for travel inspiration and people who cannot travel in real life like those with disabilities, retirees, low income and even kids.
Mobipromo (Hong Kong, China) sets the industry benchmarks globally by providing the most advanced and comprehensive range of Big Data, in-session advertising and security of any WiFi marketing system available.
EasyVirtualFair (Madrid, Spain) event organizers, marketers, universities, medical associations… everyone can create an expo 100% online and reach the same goals.
A panel of investors will be judging each pitch and will also have time for a brief Q&A before deciding on the winning pitch. Only one lucky winner will be awarded at the end of the event. Who will it be?
After the huge success of our 4YFN Barcelona Awards 2017 earlier this year, winners WeFarm, Hu:toma and TheMotion have gone on to achieve amazing things! Hear what the our previous IoT category winner, Hu:toma says:
“We were discovered by media companies including top tier newspapers in Spain and Italy. We also regularly see people blogging about us. A lot of investors got in touch. In fact we were planning to fundraise next year but thanks to the response we got from the 4YFN event we will start in a couple of months. Being a winner of the 4YFN Awards has made it a lot easier to reach out to worldwide brands. All in all, it was a great experience and it has really helped us to launch our company to the next level.”
Maurizio Cibelli, CEO, Hu:toma
We’d like to thank the following members of the 4YFN Investors Club for their involvement as remote jury in the selection of the 4YFN award finalists:
Mohsen M Khalkhali (Iratel Ventures)
Angel Hristov Angelov (Dynax Invest)
Zhivko Todorov (GarGarage)
Andrey Kostyuk (Taurus Aurum Fund)
Matthew Bradfield (Saviva Capital)
Evan Cohen (Hardware Club)
Jor T Law (Axial Group)
Ehtasham Sarwar (Oxford Global Ventures)
4YFN at Mobile World Congress Americas will take place in San Francisco from 12 – 14 September 2017. To find out more about the programme we have planned during the three days, click here. If you do not have a ticket yet, you can purchase one here.