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INTRODUCTION

GSMA 4YFN Event Management, SL (hereinafter “Organizer”), organizes the “4YFN Awards” (hereinafter “Event”) in the framework of 4YFN at MWC Barcelona.

4YFN is an event focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the mobile ecosystem. A wide program of conferences, workshops, pitches and expert meetings are offered, designed to cater to all the needs of the mobile entrepreneurial environment. The Event will gather the best mobile industry leaders, successful entrepreneurs and digital experts along with renowned accelerators, incubators and investors.

THE 4YFN AWARDS

The 4YFN Awards is a global startup competition aimed to find the best digital startups around the globe and will take place in the framework of 4YFN at MWC Barcelona 2024 to be held from 26 to 29 February 2024.

The Organizer reserves the right to modify these rules, amend the terms applicable to the 4YFN Awards, cancel and/or change the date and time of the 4YFN Awards shows. Any such changes will be communicated to the relevant parties.

Format

The 4YFN Awards finale will take place on Wednesday 28th February , 2024, in Hall 8.1 of Fira Gran Via, Barcelona.

Following the a preliminary remote evaluation of Applications, the list of “Top 50 Startups” will be published. Of these, Five (5) Finalists, selected remotely by investors, will be invited to pitch on stage at the 4YFN awards finale in front of a live audience that will include investors, business executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and the general public.

After the pitches, the winner (hereinafter, “Winner”) will be decided by the jury members and will be announced on the stage at the end of the session. From among the Finalists, only one startup will be the overall Winner.

HOW TO JOIN THE 4YFN AWARDS

To join the 4YFN Awards, Participants must provide accurate information and present their Applications using the online form indicated on the 4YFN Awards website (https://www.4yfn.com/4yfn-awards-2024/).

All materials submitted by the Participant to the Organizer in relation to the 4YFN Awards constitute the Application (hereinafter, “Application”).

Participation in the 4YFN Awards constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations and the decisions of the Organizer, which are final and binding in all matters related to the 4YFN Awards. Winning a prize is contingent upon Participant fulfilling all requirements set forth in these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations.

The Application system allows for Participants to save their Applications and complete their Application at a later time prior to the deadline.

SELECTION OF PROJECTS

The selection process comprises of: 1) eligibility screening; 2) selection of top 50 startups and Five (5) Finalists.

  1. Eligibility Screening:

All Applications will be screened for eligibility by a GSMA committee in line with the following criteria:

  • All required Application form fields are submitted in well-written English and prior to the announced deadline.
  • Startups must be based in eligible countries, according to the US, UK and EU trade sanctions list. Applications from companies located in Cuba, Iran, North Korea or Syria are not eligible.
  • Applications are submitted by startups already incorporated and duly registered with no more than five years of existence upon launching the Application period (early-stage ventures, founded July 2017 and onwards).
  • Submitted Applications can be ventures from any sector, but must be related with digital technologies and do not contradict GSMA values, initiatives and principles.
  • Submitted Applications must have at least an MVP (minimal viable product).
  • Submitted Applications must be making a difference and have a positive impact in our world.

GSMA reserves the right at its own discretion to reject a submitted Application without further justification

2. Top 50 projects and Finalist selection

Following eligibility screening, a GSMA committee and a remote jury panel, consisting of investors and industry experts, will use the following criteria to list the "Top 50 startups” and the five Finalists:

  • Innovation: extent, uniqueness, proprietary rights and centrality of the project.
  • Soundness & Traction: achievements & recognition, market traction and technology readiness.
  • Potential: clear roadmap to scalability, potential for growth and financial returns.
  • Impact: contribution towards solving one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals, workforce diversity.
  • Fit: with the team, the initial markets, the resources available.

Reserve List

The Organizer may decide at its own discretion to keep a reserve list of up to 5 Participants from the Top 50 list, who may, at any point prior to the celebration of the 4YFN Awards Finale, be invited to participate as a Finalist. The Organizer may choose to notify the Participants on the reserve list of their status; however, their position on the list will not be disclosed.

Rejected Participants

The Organizer will notify non-successful Participants by email communication. The Organizer is under no obligation to provide feedback to rejected Participants. The rejection decision is final and binding, and will not be subject to review or appeal.

Attendance Finalists

In order to participate in the finale, all Finalists must attend in-person a 4-day curated activity agenda during 4YFN 2024, scheduled from February 26th to 29th 2024. The details of this agenda will be communicated to the Finalists sufficiently in advance.

No remote pitching is allowed at the Awards Finale. Finalists unable to send an English speaking representative to 4YFN 2024 will be disqualified.

CALENDAR

Application period

The 4YFN Awards registration is opens July 14th, 2023 and closes October 18th, 2023 23:00 CET (the “Application Period”). Applications sent outside the Application Period will not be accepted or considered.

The Organizer reserves the right to extend, modify or cancel the application process or application Period. Any change will be posted on the 4YFN website and communicated to those Participants who have already submitted their full Applications at the said time.

Selection period

The selection period will take place from October 18-November 22.

Rejection notifications

The Organizer will notify non-successful Participants via message through the e-mail address provided on the Application form on November 6.

Top 50 startup announcement

The top 50 ranking startups will be announced across 4YFN channels during the week of November 6-10, 2023. The 50 top ranking startups will be notified of their status and provided with promotional material and a “digital trophy” to showcase on their websites and across their marketing channels.

Finalist confirmation

The Finalists will be contacted November 15-17, 2023. The Organizer will contact the selected Finalists via a message through the e-mail address provided for in the Application form.

The prospective Finalist must expressly agree to become a Finalist of the 4YFN Awards, within two (2) working days of the notification email.

If the prospective Finalist does not agree to become a Finalist within the specified period, fails to respond within the specified time or fails to sign and return any required documentation (if applicable), the Organizer shall be entitled to disqualify the prospective Finalist. In this case, the Organizer reserves the right to select an alternative Finalist.

The Organizer reserves the right to extend the said confirmation period of two (2) days at its own discretion.

Acceptance as a Finalist and receiving a prize are contingent upon compliance with these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations.

Finalist announcement

The public announcement of the Finalists on the 4YFN Barcelona 2023 website will take place on November 22, 2023.

4YFN Awards Finale

The 4YFN Awards Finale will be held on February 28, 2024, during the 4YFN 2024 event.

PRIZES

The 4YFN Awards designate prizes for the Winner, Finalists and Top 50 startups. Prizes are subject to change at the discretion of the Organizer. Any changes to prizes will be updated on the website.

Notwithstanding additional prizes or benefits provided from time to time by the Organizer’s third party collaborators, the Organizer will provide the following prizes:

The startups included in the Top 50 list will receive the following:

  • 2 MWC 2024 Discovery passes
  • Pitch opportunity at 4YFN 2024 (Time and place TBC by the Organizer)
  • Invites to networking activities
  • Inclusion on 4YFN Startup Catalogue
  • A digital trophy and additional marketing material to use on company website and across marketing channels
  • Mention and acknowledgement on the 4YFN website and marketing channels

Each of the 5 startup Finalists will receive the following:

  • 4 MWC 2024 Discovery passes.
  • Pitch Opportunity at the main 4YFN Stage during the awards finale
  • One highlight article on 4YFN website featuring the 5 Finalists
  • Mention and acknowledgement on the 4YFN website and marketing channels
  • Invitation to participate in a curated 4-day activity agenda including the 4YFN VIP Activity, encounters with members of the press, and networking opportunities with investors and industry leaders
  • A digital trophy and additional marketing material to use on company website and across marketing channels
  • Invites to networking activities, including 4YFN VIP Activity
  • Inclusion on 4YFN Startup Catalogue
  • GSMA Foundry: Showcase package

The Winning startup will receive the following, in addition to the prizes specified above:

  • €20,000 cash prize, courtesy of the GSMA Foundry
  • Free Startup exhibition pod for 4 days at 4YFN MWC Barcelona 2025 *
  • Pitch opportunity at the main 4YFN Stage during 4YFN Barcelona 2025
  • 4 complimentary passes for Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2025
  • Meet international press for promotion of the winning startup
  • Interview with Mobile World Live for the LinkedIn Preview
  • A dedicated article as a winner published on 4YFN website and promoted across 4YFN marketing channels
  • Mentions on 4YFN Social Media and Newsletter
  • A digital trophy and additional marketing material to use on company website and across marketing channels

* Exhibition at 4YFN is subject to the acceptance of and compliance with the 4YFN standard exhibition terms and conditions, and all directions and requirements of the event organizer as may be provided from time to time.

All, state, and local taxes associated with receipt of any prize or benefit and all other costs and expenses associated with the acceptance and use of a prize or benefit shall be the sole responsibility of the recipient. All prizes are awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied. Prizes are not transferable to any other person or organization in whole or in part, redeemable for cash or substitutable except by the Organizer, which reserves the right to substitute prizes of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. All prize details (including without limitation, method and location of delivery of the prize, brands and other variables) are at Organizer’s sole discretion.

The Organizer reserves the right to award no prize if the submitted Applications do not meet the minimum criteria for quality.

The Organizer may, but is not obliged to, modify or include additional prizes that will be updated at the Website, if any. Organizer’s obligations regarding award of the prize shall conclude when the prize is awarded to the applicable recipient.

The prizes are subject to these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations, and will not be replaced by cash. The prizes are subject to modification only at the discretion of the Organizer. If a Top 50 listed startup, Finalist or Winner rejects a prize, no alternative gift will be offered. Each prize is personal and not transferable. The sale or marketing of prizes is prohibited.

Without limiting in any way the consumer rights recognized by any applicable regulations, the Organizer is not liable for the negligent or illegal use of any prize by a Winner, Finalists or Top 50 listed startup.

Additional prizes and benefits provided from time to time by the Organizer’s third party collaborators will be subject to additional terms and conditions of the party providing the gift or prize. The Organizer is not liable or responsible for any restrictions or limitations that may prohibit a recipient from being eligible for, or able to accept or use, any prize. Further, in the event a recipient is not eligible for, or able to accept or use a prize, no alternative gifts or prizes will be provided.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

Submitted Applications must be the original work of the Participants and must be entered by either an individual of legal age or a team, with no size restriction, provided each member is of legal age. The identity of each individual must be capable of verification through official documents (ID, passport, driving license, business documents, etc.) which will be provided to the Organizer immediately on request.

Without limiting in any way the consumer rights recognized by any applicable regulations, the Organizer is not responsible for the loss or delay of an attempted Application submission due to any interruption, temporary lack of availability or continuity in operation, transmission problem, loss of information, fraud, network error, software malfunction, access, or communication or response error. The Organizer is not responsible for the loss, delay, or change of Event due to technical problems or problems of any other nature not attributable to the Organizer, beyond its control or attributable to network operators, providers of intermediary services, postal or message services, or third parties. The Organizer shall be exempt from any obligation for compensation to the Participants if for reasons of force majeure or legal imperative the Event must be canceled or suspended.

Each Participant, including members of teams, may enter a maximum of one time. Participants must have access to the Internet as the 4YFN Awards applications can only be submitted online. Participants must provide a valid e-mail address and phone number. Where an Participants submits more than one Application, only the last submitted Application will be considered.

No purchase is necessary to apply to the 4YFN Awards. A purchase of any GSMA product or service will not increase Participants’ chances of being selected.

Participation in the 4YFN awards is strictly prohibited for Organizer’s employees, external contractors or agents, and their respective family members.

By entering the 4YFN Awards, Participants represent and warrant that the Participant holds all right, title and interest in the Application, that the information contained is accurate and complete, and that by submitting the Application to the Organizer Participant is not and will not be violating any contract or third-party rights including any patents, copyrights, trade secrets, proprietary or confidential information, trademarks, or rights to privacy including personal data. The Organizer shall not be liable for any violation of any rule or third-party rights by Participants, and Participants assume the obligation to hold the Organizer free of liability in such an event. Should the Organizer discover or suspect that there has been plagiarism, third party rights have been violated or Applications entered have not been created by their purported author or authors, the Organizer reserves the right to eliminate the Application, and Participants, from the 4YFN Awards. Similarly, the jury reserves the right to disqualify any Application that, in its sole judgment, violates the letter or the spirit of the 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations, guidelines, processes and rules of the 4YFN Awards. The jury members’ decisions are final and binding.

The Organizer is exempt from all liability, penalty, claim, demand or civil, commercial, criminal, administrative proceedings, including compensation of any kind and/or nature, expenses, costs (expressly including attorneys' fees and solicitors).

The Organizer accepts no responsibility for submissions which are lost, misdirected, illegible, late, mutilated, altered, or lost for any reason.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Any and all materials submitted, including business plans, must be appropriate for public dissemination. Submissions must not include any confidential information that the Participant does not wish to make public. Due to the nature of the 4YFN Awards, the Organizer will not be held responsible for the confidentiality of the Applications.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The Organizer may publish any and all information submitted by the Participant (including but not limited to all Application materials and fields requested in the Application form that do not contain information of personal nature) at any time, in any media and for any reason, including without limitation, publishing Application materials or the publication on any of its websites or any social networking website, or in any advertising or promotional campaign.

Participants hereby grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, for the maximum period of validity in each territory, transferable, worldwide license to the Organizer to use Participants' Application, logo, and contact information for any purpose, including without limitation for advertising and promotion of Organizer’s activities.

IMAGE RIGHTS

The Participant authorizes the Organizer to:

  • capture Participant’s image, voice and/or statements during the Awards Finales, pitching sessions, as well as during any prior or subsequent act which is directly or indirectly related thereto;
  • reproduce and/or fix the above, in whole or in part, on audiovisual, video -graphic, photographic or paper, among other forms;
  • use for promotional purposes the image (including the voice and name) and the application, through any method or medium that the Organizer deems appropriate (including, by way of illustration and not limitation, brochures, newspapers, magazines, books, and Internet), all without geographical or temporary limitation.

DATA PROTECTION

All personal data submitted by Participant in connection with 4YFN Awards are processed by the Organizer in accordance with the policies and practices described herein and 4YFN Privacy Policy (as may be amended from time to time).

Organizer will use personal data submitted by Participant to: (i) confirm submissions for 4YFN Awards and evaluate Applications; (ii) communicate with Participant relevant information about 4YFN Awards and (iii) award prizes, when applicable; (iv) promote Participants status and presence with respect to thye 4YFN awards on 4YFN website and 4YFN marketing channels, if Participant becomes Top 50, Finalist or Winner of 4YFN Awards. Such information might disclose Participant’s: full name, position, company, city and country of residence and image.

By submitting an Application to participate in 4YFN Awards, the Participant represents and warrants that: (i) Participant has the authority to submit all details required in connection with the Competition, (ii) Participant has communicated the rules described herein with Participant’s team members and obtained the necessary authorizations to apply for 4YFN Awards; (iii) all details submitted for the purposes of 4YFN Awards are accurate.

By participating in the 4YFN Awards, Participant agrees to the: i) use of Participant’s personal data in the ways described herein, provided that in the event of any conflict between these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations and 4YFN Privacy Policy the terms and conditions of these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations shall prevail; ii) sharing of the information provided in the Application with a restricted group of investors for the purpose of evaluating the applications. The GSMA has valid data processing agreements with all concerned investors.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

By participating, Participants agree to: (i) be bound by these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations and the decisions of the Organizer, which are final and binding in all matters; and (ii) release, discharge and hold harmless Organizer, GSMA Ltd. and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, attorneys and representatives (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all claims and liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of a prize (including any injuries resulting from use of a prize) or participation in the 4YFN Awards to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.

Limitation of Liability: As a condition of participation, Participant agrees that: (i) under no circumstances will Participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and Participant hereby waives all rights to claim indirect, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than actual out of pocket expenses, if any; (ii) all causes of action arising out of or connected with a 4YFN Awards, or any compensation or credit to be provided, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (iii) except as otherwise limited by law, the Organizer’s total aggregate liability under these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations is limited to $1,000 USD. Organizer is not responsible for any computer or network malfunctions which may occur of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or otherwise, any failed, lost, returned or misdirected communications or submissions, relating to or in connection with the 4YFN Awards, for any incorrect or inaccurate information, howsoever caused.

Choice of Law: The 4YFN Awards shall be governed by the substantive and procedural law of the Kingdom of Spain. By participating in a 4YFN Awards, Participants irrevocably agree that the courts located in Barcelona shall have personal jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the 4YFN Awards and that venue for a legal dispute shall only be the courts located in Barcelona, Spain.

Rules/Winner's Lists: For a copy of the 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations, please contact us on [email protected], with subject line “4YFN awards”.

Disqualifying Acts: Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the 4YFN Awards or who are in violation of these 4YFN Awards Rules and Regulations, as solely determined by Organizer, will be disqualified and their entries deemed void. Any attempt to damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the 4YFN Awards is a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt occur, Organizer reserves the right to seek damages from any such Participant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Trademarks: Organizer will grant the Top 50 startups, the five (5) finalists and the Winner a royalty-free, non-exclusive, revocable license to use and reproduce the respective digital trophy (“4YFN Awards Top 50/Finalist/Winner, 2023”) solely for a term extending from: (i) 4YFN Top 50: 24 Oct 2022 through 1 March 2028, (ii) Finalist : 11 Nov 2022 through 1 March 2028, (iii) Winner 1 March 2023 through 1 March 2028. All resulting goodwill shall vest in Organizer or its licensors. The winner shall comply with any guidelines for the use of the Organizer trademarks issued by Organizer. Winner acknowledges and agrees that title to the Organizer trademarks shall remain vested in Organizer and/or its licensors at all times. Winner shall indemnify Organizer for any loss which Organizer suffers as a result of a claim by a third party arising out of improper use of the trade marks in breach of this license by the Winner. Winner warrants that all Organizer trademarks will be accurately replicated. The use of Organizer trademarks is granted exclusively to the Winner and may not be assigned to a third party without the prior written consent of Organizer. Organizer’s trademarks shall not be used again for any purpose whatsoever without written authorization from Organizer. The Winner will immediately stop using the Organizer trade marks at the request of Organizer and on 1 March 2028.

Rules of Entry