Pioneers is all about pioneers, showcasing many great ideas and ventures for years, from the fastest electric car to exoskeletons and medical tricorders. Set in the heart of Vienna, at Hofburg Imperial Palace, Pioneers FestivalÂ gathers the smartest minds in science, technology and entrepreneurship!
This October, at Pioneers Festival 2014, you can expect to meet Â the most innovative startups from Biotech and Aerospace to FoodTech and Augmented Reality. At the same time Pioneers will feature panel discussions such as Investments in Europe and a Market Review: South East Asia.
2014 speakers include:
– Josh Tetrick, Founder Hampton Creek > Food Technology [Investors: Bill Gates, Li Ka-Shing, Peter Thiel – Founders Fund, other investments incl. Facebook, SpaceX, Spotify]
– Danielle Fong,Co-founder Lightsail Energy > Future of energy storage [Investors: Khosla Ventures]
– Hilton Romanski, Head of Global M&A at Cisco > Future of IoT, Corporate gateway to startup world
– Andy Aldrin, President at MoonExpress > Aerospace, Lunar transportation
On top of that, Pioneers has a fantastic startup competition where participants willl get the chance to meet the most promising early stage startups! Over 1,000 startup applications were sent this year from 63 countries. The Pioneers Challenge takes place on October 28 – an entire day for the Top 50 startups to pitch in front of 250 investors. Last year’s winner, Bellabeat, has now raised $4.5 Million!
Interested participants have still a chance for tickets for the European Tech Festival of the year, while there is also an awesome chance for startups from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and the region, among other countries to apply for Pioneers YCombinator Office Hours (for Startup Pass holders only) – a chance for all Pioneers Festival Startups, where 5 startups will be chosen to pitch Y Combinator partners Qasar & Justin Kan live on stage at #Pioneers14.
The Pioneers Community Award worth $15k
The community award is for all startups attending Pioneers Festival and gives a unique opportunity to win everything that a startup needs to build, design and sell its products and services. This challenge is all about activating your community to support and vote for your brand. It’s very simple, the startup with the most votes, will win amazing prizes worth $15,000!
Check out the prizes and apply here!