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Basking in the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership of the Basque Country

14th November 2019

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 many large...

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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