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4YFN closes its 4th anniversary edition with a record of attendees

Escrito por Redacción TNI el 02/03/2017 a las 20:36:59

4 Years From Now (4YFN), the startup business platform of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, has closed its 4th and most international edition with 19,123 attendees, over 60% more than in the previous year. A staggering 47% ventured over from GSMA Mobile World Congress, with over 70% of attendance being from abroad. Female participation has increased substantially as the rate has increased by 7%, reaching a record 37% in total.


The 4th edition of 4YFN announced on Monday that the event will be organised for the first time in America. Aleix Valls, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona, has emphasised “the positive reaction of the global entrepreneurial community, which has already expressed its interest in the new 4YFN San Francisco edition”. In addition, Valls has also remarked “the growth of the event in Barcelona, as well as the multitude of activities that 4YFN encompasses over the year, thanks to its presence in Shanghai, Tel Aviv and now in San Francisco”.


The closing of 4YFN Barcelona, organised by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, in collaboration with GSMA Mobile World Congress, has featured more than 600 startups, large corporations and accelerators within its innovation market. Of note is the presence of national and international delegations from France (La French Tech), United Kingdom (Trade Fair UK Pavilion), Israel (Intel Corporation), USA (City of Belvenue), Argentina (Fundación Exportar), Colombia (ProColombia), Sri Lanka (ICT Agency of Sri Lanka), Pakistan (Vimpelcom), Kuwait Brilliant Lab), Taiwan (Industrial Technology Research Institute) and South Korea. Barcelona Activa, the Catalan and the Spanish pavilions have also counted within its own space, more than 80 startups.


The event has gathered over 700 hundred international investors that have participated in the Founders & Investors pitching sessions; who have had the opportunity to witness over 200 startups pitching their businesses in the hope of gaining future investment.


The networking activities for startups have also hosted the Pitch the Press sessions,  a “speed dating” activity between entrepreneurs and media.  With 4 sessions throughout the event, 2,400 pitches have taken place and have been attended by journalists from CBS Interactive, Business Insider,, The Next Web, Tech Crunch among others.


4YFN Awards 2017


The 2017 edition of the 4YFN Awards has awarded WeFarm (London), hu:toma (London) and TheMotion (Madrid) in the Disrupted by Mobile, Internet of Things and Digital Media categories, respectively. The winner of the Disrupted By Mobile Award created an application for farmers in remote areas that provides information to improve the management of their fields, while winner of the IoT track presented a marketplace platform that creates, motivates and encourages learning through chatbots. TheMotion, winner of the Digital Media Award, provides a platform allowing companies with digital assets to create multiple video adds for the products in their catalogue in a quick and easy way.


A 360 programme


Terry von Bibra, Global Manager EMEA of Alibaba, Michael Spiegelman, Director of Product Innovation for Growth & Acquisition of Netflix, Fernando Fanton, CTO of Just Eat, and Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, have been the main keynote speakers of 4YFN. In addition, the event has featured presentations from Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President EMEA of Facebook, Josh Quittner, Editorial Director of Flipboard, Jonas Gumny, CSO of MyTaxi and Harper Reed, PayPal's Next Gen Commerce.


4YFN has also included demo days by NUMA Barcelona and StartupBootcamp IoT&Data, both initiatives supported by mVenturesBcn, the Mobile World Capital programme to promote the creation and growth of digital startups and enhance the ecosystem. Hack_D_Gap Global Challenge, part of the Women4Tech programme at 4YFN, has gathered startups from 16 countries driving forward gender diversity in the digital sector.