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GSMA ANNOUNCES DATE CHANGES FOR ITS MWC21 SERIES

23rd September 2020

MWC Shanghai to Precede MWC Barcelona, MWC LA Remains as Planned 23 September 2020, London: GSMA today announced a rescheduling of its world-class MWC series for 2021. MWC21 Shanghai will now take place from 23 – 25 February 2021, and MWC21 Barcelona, including 4YFN, will now take place between 28 June – 1 July 2021....

4YFN to Co-locate with MWC Barcelona in 2021

29th July 2020

4YFN to Co-locate with MWC Barcelona in 2021 28 July 2020, London: The GSMA today announced that it is moving its 4YFN event from Fira Montjuïc and co-locating it with MWC Barcelona 2021 at Fira Gran Via. Combining these two influential events signals a new era and commitment to working together to fulfil the potential...

GSMA Statement on MWC Shanghai 2020

17th April 2020

GSMA Statement on MWC Shanghai 2020 Shanghai: In light of current government guidance*, the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel restrictions and other circumstances, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Shanghai 2020. The GSMA has been in regular contact with stakeholders, and sought the advice of health officials and other authorities, as health and safety...

GSMA and Host City Parties Extend MWC Barcelona Agreement

15th April 2020

GSMA and Host City Parties Extend MWC Barcelona Agreement World’s Premier Mobile and Vertical Ecosystem Event Extended Through MWC2024 London: The GSMA today announced an agreement to extend MWC Barcelona through to 2024. In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the GSMA and the Host City Parties have been working through the impacts of the...

GSMA Statement on Financial Package for MWC and 4YFN Barcelona 2020

25th March 2020

GSMA Statement on Financial Package for MWC and 4YFN Barcelona 2020 London: Following the cancellation of MWC Barcelona 2020, the GSMA has given much consideration to a financial package for its clients which demonstrates genuine goodwill and also ensures the longevity and sustainability of the GSMA and MWC series of events. Our vision at the...

Tech Initiatives in Barcelona

17th February 2020

Tech Initiatives in Barcelona We are truly sad that 4YFN Barcelona 2020 and xside have been impossible to deliver because of the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances that have made hosting the event impossible. It is heart-warming, however, to see our local ecosystem pulling together. We are aware that...

A message from the 4YFN team

17th February 2020

A message from the 4YFN team We are unbelievably disappointed that 4YFN Barcelona 2020 and xside are not able to go ahead because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, have made it impossible. Of course, we are sad because we have worked so hard to bring you an incredible...

Oriol Pascual

Oriol Pascual: When you work with science-based startups, innovation is everywhere

12th February 2020

Oriol Pascual: When you work with science-based startups, innovation is everywhere In the last 3 years the IQS Tech Factory startups have created over 230 jobs and already mobilized over €29 million in investments. They pay special attention to science-based entrepreneurship. Oriol Pascual is the managing director of IQS Tech Factory, the only industrial accelerator...

The Vibrant Startups that Enhance 4YFN Barcelona 2020

12th February 2020

The Vibrant Startups that Enhance 4YFN Barcelona 2020 At 4YFN Barcelona 2020 everything we do we do for startups. They are, without question, our raison d’être. Our mission and our purpose are to build the startup ecosystem for a better future. We thrive in the entrepreneurial spirit and we believe that the vibrancy of startup...

10 Finalists of the Euroleague Basketball Fan XP Challenge to join 4YFN

10th February 2020

10 Finalists of the EuroleagueBasketballFanXPChallengeto join 4YFN A group of 10 ambitious and forward-thinking startups from around the world have been selected as finalists for the Euroleague Basketball 2020 Fan XP Innovation Challenge and will present their projects at 4YFN Barcelona 2020. The startup exhibition of the MWC, which expects more than 25,000 attendees, will...

Ambassadors of Creativity Introducing xside to the World

10th February 2020

Ambassadors of Creativity Introducing xside to the World This year 4YFN, Sónar and MWC introduce xside, a groundbreaking gathering where converging creative communities unite. xside couldn’t have better ambassadors than Yvan Boudillet, Turo Pekari and Catherine Bischoff. Meet the men and woman helping the world get to know about the brand new event for design,...

The Envoys Spreading the Good Word About 4YFN Barcelona 2020

10th February 2020

The Envoys Spreading the Good Word About 4YFN Barcelona 2020 There’s no better place for startups than 4YFN, the startup event of MWC, world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. And of course, the perfect breeding ground for startups that want to scale up, network and access game-changing ideas. Meet the ones who make all...

Funds worth more than €5bn to attend 4YFN Barcelona 2020

7th February 2020

Funds worth more than €5bn to attend 4YFN Barcelona 2020 Venture capital funds worth more than €5 billion in value will be present at 4YFN Barcelona 2020, according to new figures from the 4YFN Investors Club, a global membership network that connects investors to each other and startups ripe for investment. 4YFN takes place 24-26...

Pitch Perfect: How to Hook Your Investor

Pitch Perfect: How to Hook Your Investor

24th January 2020

Pitch Perfect: How to Hook Your Investor The only thing more important for a startup business than the right introduction is having a honed, compelling pitch. Some of the brightest startups can (and do!) fail, not because of the technologies behind them, but because of their failure to shine at the key moment. An opportunity...

From Bootcamps to Book Clubs, Meetup Connects People IRL

20th December 2019

From Bootcamps to Book Clubs, Meetup Connects People IRL Meetup has become ubiquitous as a way to make IRL (“In real life”) connections amidst a culture of  online communities. With events ranging from salsa classes to bible studies ,Meetup offers a full array of extracurricular activities for busy adults. There’s no  doubt that Meetup has...

John Chambers Interview

John Chambers: Pace of Change Will Be 3-5 Times That of Internet Era

17th December 2019

John Chambers: Pace of Change Will Be 3-5 Times That of Internet Era John Chambers steered technology behemoth Cisco for more than 25 years, growing the company’s revenue from $70 million to $47 billion and keeping it ahead of market transitions, in part, by strategically executing 180 acquisitions during his tenure. That means that John...

Karloos Rivera

Give First and Disrupt: The Social Nest Foundation Talks Impact

17th December 2019

Give First and Disrupt: The Social Nest Foundation Talks Impact For the first time, 4YFN has launched 4Impact – an initiative dedicated entirely to making the world a bit better by harnessing the power of entrepreneurship. We believe that the next generation of entrepreneurs have impact written into their DNA. They harbour our best hopes...

Mastercard

Meeting Mastercard’s Biz Dev Director: Talking Digital First, Digital Identity and Spiderman

11th December 2019

Meeting Mastercard’s Biz Dev Director: Talking Digital First, Digital Identity and Spiderman The fintech sector has matured. Although the growth of fintech has slowed from the dizzying heights of 2018, the fintech sector appears structurally sound and poised for long term growth – perhaps not of the double digit kind but the sort other sectors...

Phil Chen HTC Interview

From Stagnation to the New Swiss Bank, HTC’s Vision for Mobile’s Future

11th December 2019

From Stagnation to the New Swiss Bank, HTC’s Vision for Mobile’s Future HTC has been at the forefront of mobile innovation. Upgrades are maxed out and failing to move the needle forward, according to HTC’s Decentralized Chief Officer Phil Chen. He sees the future of mobile as powered by blockchain, incorporated into the very smart...

xside presents leading international voices in music and technology as speakers and performers for first event

3rd December 2019

xside presents leading international voices in music and technology as speakers and performers for first event A keynote from electronic music innovator and technology advocate Richie Hawtin and performance by music icon Honey Dijon among others will take the xside stage   xside will take place 24-26 of February at Fira Montjuïc, in parallel to...

Sprockit and 4YFN join forces to connect entertainment & tech at MWC Los Angeles

2nd December 2019

Sprockit and 4YFN join forces to connect entertainment & tech at MWC Los Angeles A month out from 4YFN (4 Years from Now) Los Angeles, connections made at the event are still talking and the dust is still settling over the LA Convention Centre. It was just the second time the world’s most influential startup...

Stratospheric Growth of Health Startups is a Gamechanger for the Ecosystem

18th November 2019

Stratospheric Growth of Health Startups is a Gamechanger for the Ecosystem By Pere Duran. If I had to use one word to describe the health startup ecosystem, it would be healthy! We are witnessing a stratospheric rise in the number startups, giant leaps in innovation and record levels of investment to match. In just four...

BIND 4.0 Basking in the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership of the Basque Country

14th November 2019

BIND 4.0 Basking in the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership of the Basque Country The Basque country has one of the highest industrial concentrations in Europe. It is home to more than 30,000 researchers and it exports around a third of its GDP. More than a quarter of its GDP is industrial and is a base for...

Dashmote 4YFN Los Angeles Awards

Dashmote Gets Midas Touch at 4YFN Los Angeles Awards

11th November 2019

Dashmote Gets Midas Touch at 4YFN Los Angeles Awards The 4YFN Awards are the highlight of every 4YFN event and the awards in LA are quickly becoming a force for recognising some of the brightest rising stars in the startup ecosystem. Five finalists pitch it out on stage to a panel of judges who want...

xside Press Release

GSMA and Sónar release first details of xside

23rd October 2019

GSMA and Sónar Release First Details of xside Renowned festival of design and creativity OFFF, announced as first content partner 23 October 2019, Barcelona: The GSMA’s successful Four Years From Now (4YFN) start-up platform and Sónar, the international festival devoted to advanced music, creativity and technology, today announced further details of their hotly anticipated co-curated...

Tech in Hollywood Rules

From Terminator to Animator, Tech in Hollywood Rules

16th October 2019

From Terminator to Animator, Tech in Hollywood Rules Hollywood has long been a hotbed of technological innovation. From the introduction of ‘talkies’ to the golden age of Hollywood glamour and completely new worlds made of pixels created by artists and computer scientists – it is an industry that has perpetually reinvented its formats to push...

Connected Cali: Open Data Opens Doors in LA

2nd October 2019

Connected Cali: Open Data Opens Doors in LA Connected Cali: Open Data Opens Doors in LA  Necessity is the mother of invention. The natural topography of Los Angeles and its sprawling suburbs present serious challenges in terms of mobility, air quality and sustainability. Together they are spawning clusters of innovation around connectivity in both the physical and virtual sense, from congested roads...

Mobile Workers Transform Modern Workplaces

25th September 2019

Mobile Workers Transform Modern Workplaces 4YFN Los Angeles sponsors Spaces may represent the most modern trend in workplace culture, but it comes with more than 30 years of industry know-how when it comes to office culture. Spaces is the latest brand offering of the International World Place Group (IWG), the holding company most famed for...

Nature of California Drives Impact Investment Leadership

13th September 2019

Nature of California Drives Impact Investment Leadership California is the recognised centre of the technology world. Silicon Valley is the birthplace and natural home of many of the world’s biggest tech companies and LA is the playground of the rich and powerful.The high density of household famous tech brands in the West Coast and the...

New Indiegogo CEO Andy Yang Joins 4YFN Speaker Lineup

13th September 2019

New Indiegogo CEO Andy Yang Joins 4YFN Speaker Lineup Crowdfunding has revolutionized startup funding. The option to go to many investors for small contributions has democratized access to finance for entrepreneurs and winning ideas. Indiegogo has been a gamechanger in that regard. Since 2008, the Indiegogo community has helped bring more than 800,000 innovative ideas...

Barcelona Startup Success Proves Four Year Principle

10th September 2019

Barcelona Startup Success Proves Four Year Principle A startup’s forth birthday is widely regarded as its most important. Four years from inception, 44% of startups will have failed. For the others, it is this timeline which proves the concept and therefore the future of the business. It turns out that 2015 in Barcelona was a...

Los Angeles Artificial Intelligence

Los Angeles is Optimistic about the Future of Artificial Intelligence

10th September 2019

Los Angeles is Optimistic about the Future of Artificial Intelligence By Todd Terrazas, President of AI LA. Los Angeles is the second most populous city in America and the third largest GDP in the world behind Tokyo and New York. Besides our amazing weather and lower cost of living than Silicon Valley, we also have a flourishing...

AI LA

Tinseltown Set to Lead Fair Development of AI

29th August 2019

Tinseltown Set to Lead Fair Development of AI Last week, we were watching a beautiful sunset over Downtown LA and talking about the bright future we see for AI. Why were we talking about machine learning and supercomputing over tequilas and tacos in the home of entertainment? Are we bringing the future Skynet or The...

7 Perfect Reasons to Hit Up 4YFN LA This October

21st August 2019

7 Perfect Reasons to Hit Up 4YFN LA This October There are a million good reasons to join 4YFN in LA this year, whether you are a local startup wanting to spread your wings internationally or an overseas investors looking for a foothold in the US market. Warm weather, Hollywood stars and surf culture aside,...

The New Era of Work is Defined by Flexibility

30th July 2019

The New Era of Work is Defined by Flexibility The nature of work is changing. The centralised office setup of the past is swiftly being supplanted by a decentralised workforce more familiar with flexibility than the strict office culture that defined the decades leading up to the 90s. The stuffy nature of the formal office...

A community for communities: why we launched the 4YFN Community Club

30th July 2019

A community for communities: why we launched the 4YFN Community Club We are all aware of the importance of building a community. Communities help us to build and grow. Today, they are the expression of our networked world. They allow individual entrepreneurs and startups to be greater than the sum of their parts. Brad Feld wrote...

Sónar+D Kicks Off Groundbreaking Collaboration with 4YFN and GSMA MWC

29th July 2019

Sónar+D Kicks Off Groundbreaking Collaboration with 4YFN and GSMA MWC Sónar+D Kicks Off Groundbreaking Collaboration with 4YFN and GSMA MWC Last Wednesday marked the kick off of the exciting new collaboration between two behemoth entities that have become institutions of Barcelona’s business and cultural fabric. At Sónar+D, the industry side of what DJ Mag called “the world’s...

4YFN Pitch Fantine

Pitch for Purpose Winner Fantine to Turn Supply Chain into Blockchain

24th July 2019

Pitch for Purpose Winner Fantine to Turn Supply Chain into Blockchain Chain of custody for commodities is a major headache. For everything from timber to palm oil, from coffee beans to cobalt – tracing the source of the ingredients that fuel modern life is notoriously difficult. In part that is because of how commodities are...

4YFN Shanghai

4YFN’s Fourth Shanghai Show Delivers Success

8th July 2019

4YFN’s Fourth Shanghai Show Delivers Success 4YFN Shanghai 2019 was the fourth outing of the event in Shanghai, realising its four year ambition to scale and grow in the Chinese market. This year’s Shanghai show was joined by over 100 exhibitors, more than 100 investment entities, 11 startup communities and thousands of visitors including some...

RefundMe 4YFN

RefundMe Could Help Tourists Reclaim Billions in Unclaimed VAT

3rd July 2019

RefundMe Could Help Tourists Reclaim Billions in Unclaimed VAT This year’s 4YFN Shanghai Awards brought together an impressive group of startups from around the world to battle it out to be named the show’s top startup. On the final day of 4YFN Shanghai, four of the finalists pitched live on stage to a panel of...

Lenovo’s Former CSO Shares Her Big Bets for 4 Years from Now

18th June 2019

Lenovo’s Former CSO Shares Her Big Bets for 4 Years from Now Lenovo is world’s largest manufacturer of PCs so we are incredibly proud to welcome Lenovo’s former Chief Strategy Officer Janet Tang to the 4YFN Stage. Who better to talk to us about corporate innovation than the head of strategy for one of China’s biggest...

Congratulations to the finalists of the 4YFN Shanghai Awards!

12th June 2019

Congratulations to the finalists of the 4YFN Shanghai Awards! We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s 4YFN Shanghai Awards. This year we have selected five finalists who will pitch to a panel of investors live on stage at 14:00 on 28 June in Shanghai. Our finalists overcame dozens of entrants from around...

Going Full Fintech at 4YFN Shanghai

6th June 2019

Going Full Fintech at 4YFN Shanghai As the fintech sector has matured in recent years, it has given rise to some serious challenger digital banks and remittance services, spawning a new generation of unicorns taking on the financial system. We were honoured to be joined at 4YFN Barcelona this year by Maximilian Tayenthal, the Founder...

Surcle Promises to Bring ‘Crowd-Engineering’ to 4YFN Shanghai

4th June 2019

Surcle Promises to Bring ‘Crowd-Engineering’ to 4YFN Shanghai Bringing electronic hardware products to market is a tough challenge. Sourcing materials and components and finding the physical space to put them together before moving to full-scale production is a persistent problem for hardware development. 4YFN Shanghai exhibitor wants to change that, to bring products to market...

4YFN Investor Partner Bets Big on Developing World Mobile

30th May 2019

4YFN Investor Partner Bets Big on Developing World Mobile Smart feature phones are a vital tool for bridging the digital divide, bringing affordable internet connectivity to the developing world at a fraction of the cost for a smartphone. It means internet services are more democratically available, to the people who can benefit from them the...

DataSed Will Transport Physical Body into the Digital World at 4YFN Shanghai

27th May 2019

DataSed Will Transport Physical Body into the Digital World at 4YFN Shanghai The lines between the physical and virtual worlds are blurring. We are increasingly attached to our smartphones and computers, but we still exist in a mainly physical capacity – interacting with the digital space through interfaces like touch screens and keyboards. Intelligent image...

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