Post-Event Press Release: Pioneers Festival!

Startup Europe and Welcome sent 8 startups to attend Pioneers Festival, Vienna

Startup Europe and Welcome recently sent 8 startups from 4 countries to attend Pioneers Festival at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna on the 24th and 25th of May 2016.

Each of the 8 startups travelled to Austria courtesy of the Welcome Project with tickets to Pioneers festival provided through the Pioneers500 initiative. At the festival, startups networked with top investors and accelerators from across Europe, met with corporate representatives, like minded founders and journalists with the aim of boosting their businesses.

Speakers at Pioneers included Manoj Bhargava entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of Living Essentials, Tim Draper, co-founder of VC firm DFJ and Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder. Topics discussed at Pioneers include Business & Productivity, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Agriculture, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Materials & Manufacturing and Mobility & Transportation.

This event was ideal for Europass startups to attend as the event was intimate and exclusive with opportunities to meet both fellow startups and some big names in tech. The event was very well organized with a matchmaking facility provided to startups by the Pioneers organizers which allowed them to arrange meetings at the event. Each of the startups made use of this facility and arranged lots of meetings.

The 8 startups are from across the five Welcome ecosystems of Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Madrid and Salamanca.

From Berlin were, LUUV Forward, a hardware startup enabling everyone to take professional, shake-free videos and Vrealtechnologies, an SaaS platform allowing non-expert users to create stunning virtual reality experiences.

The Dublin startups were TrustHub, an SaaS startup dedicated to making classified and peer-to-peer marketplaces safer and more inclusive for everyone and Parkyourcar, a platform where owners can rent out their parking space and where car drivers  can prepay for a parking space.

Travelling from Milan were Sushijet who have innovated and optimized the delivery to be the fastest food delivery service in Italy and Mangatar, Mangatar, a groundbreaking Italian game company and publisher that leverages the potential of smart publishing.

From Madrid/Salamanca were Artelnics, developing disruptive deep learning software for predictive analytics and Nebusens who have developed n-Core, a powerful hardware and software platform to develop, integrate and deploy easily and quickly, a wide variety of applications over Wireless Sensor Networks.

Startups attended the networking events both before and after the conference and networked with each other and the wider group of participants. Several corporates also had stands at Pioneers and the startups were able to reach out to them for meetings. Corporates included BBVA, Intel and Accenture. There were also a lot of press at the event and several startups met representatives from TechCrunch, Wired and Red Bull Media. The presence of the Startup Europe/Welcome stand at Pioneers provided the Europass startups with further visibility and the startups were able to use this stand as a meeting point with investors, corporates and partners over the 2 days of the conference.

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This year´s Pioneer´s Festival was certainly a success, with more than 2,500 people in attendance. 500 of those were international and national startups, 270 investors, 230 journalists, and 280 corporate representatives. Across the 3 stages there were more than 70 high profile international speakers. Feedback that was received from attendees who filled out a survey was very positive – “Great organization, great festival, good chance to meet interested investors!”

While the event overall received excellent media coverage on a local and international level, the Welcome presence at Pioneers also received great coverage on social media, particularly Twitter. Take a look at some of the Tweets below:




WELCOME is a project under the Startup Europe initiative that aims to build a pan-European tech startup ecosystem. To that end, Welcome links startups from five vibrant EU ecosystems — Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Milan and Salamanca, to customers, VCs, business angels, corporates, mentors and other startups. The project targets aspiring entrepreneurs as well as early and late stage startups with activities enabling them to grow across borders and access the right combination of finance while helping corporates identify the best talents.

This competition is part of Welcome’s Europass Programme

About Pioneers

Pioneers is a global relationship builder in tech that provides infrastructures and services to facilitate meaningful business relationships within its juried community. These services inspire, empower and connect the most promising early-stage technology companies with corporations, investors, industry experts, and international media with the goal to increase their rate of economical success and positive impact on society.



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