From the 29th to the 31st of October, we go beyond expectations to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovative technology. 2,500 International pioneers and future trailblazers will gather at the Hofburg Imperial Palace, for the Pioneers Festival. 60 world-class, International speakers like, Matt Mullenweg, (founder of WordPress), Om Malik, (founder of GigaOm) and Peter Vesterbacka, (Marketing Guru at Angry Birds), will split up on two tracks:
On track one, new topics and trends will be discussed in an entertaining setting around med tech, the future of technology and big data. In addition to dynamic, known public figures, the audience will experience product launches and interactive. To have it in one sentence: Track one lets every one dive into the „wonderland of innovation‟.
Since we are a start-up ourselves, we are focused on the start-up community and its stakeholders. Because of this, we have created a special track especially for start-ups and those who are eager to learn in depth expertise in entrepreneurship — namely, track two, the Startup Academy. Here we will teach them hardknock skills, know-how elements and entrepreneurship which will boost every single start-up to the next level. Our world-class mentors and Start-Up Jedis such as, Tom Hulme, Björn Lasse Hermann and Sean Ellis will teach these skills to gain the Jedi-Power out there.
The centerpiece —Startup Challenge: Europe’s 50 top start-ups
Out of hundreds of applications, the top 50 web/tech/mobile start-ups will take part in the Pioneers Startup Challenge. Best day for all 50 start-ups, will be the 29th of October — the exclusive Investors Day. Here they will pitch their business idea in front of renowned investors like, Accel Partners, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Earlybird, HackFwd and have the opportunity to book one-on-one meetings with investors. The top 8 need to have nerves of steel to present and their start-up in front of 2500 international guests and to convince them (30th-31stof October). The winner takes it all: 25,000 € CASH, the Pioneers Festival Award for 2012 and claims the glory and „earned‟ bragging rights to being the Festival’s best start-up — not to mention the fame and the global exposure in the tech world. Deadline for the application is 7thof September.
Pioneers Festival is your radical, tech and startup festival that you don’t wanna miss. Our stunning team is young and ready to bring you the magic in products and presentations that you’ve never seen before! Look out for the ‚Clash of the Founders’, where Team USA, (Kyle Bragger and Justin Kan), battle against Team Europe, (Felix Petersen and Edial Dekker) and let the mighty judges Mike Butcher and Ben Parr decide who launch the better product, in just 24 hours.
There will be a lot to discover and experience besides the main programme: DJ’s, extreme sport sessions, amazing booths, product displays, the world’s fastest electric car (Rimac) and of course, an incredible event-app. It’s just a different kind of rockin’ tech event! And as a plus, buckle up, we have our own TV channel which gives first-hand insights about the festival. Last but not least, we’re having the biggest & coolest Halloween closing party! C’mon, get movin’, switch into the „festival mode” and become a „Pioneer“!
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