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There’s a glut of tech events and conferences around Europe all year but according to Enterprise EMEA, these events are becoming more like “festivals” rather than networking and business opportunities.
Enterprise EMEA 2017, hosted by Widebridge Group and taking place on May 23 in London, is a “serious conference in Europe focused on enterprise software”, bringing together firms’ CEOs, CTOs, and CIOs from around the EMEA region.
“With all the hype around consumer focused startups like Snap and Uber, none of them would be able to do what they do without enterprise software. Enterprise software is like the digital picks and shovels behind the success of all businesses, and is a much larger market than the consumer market,” says Greg Wolf, founder of the Enterprise EMEA conference and Widebridge Group, a boutique investment bank focused on M&A and capital raising for technology companies.
There is a lack of enterprise software events that encompass the entire enterprise, according to the organisers, especially in Europe.
“We created Enterprise EMEA because we felt that Europe needs an event focused on enterprise technology – for the startups, investors, and the ultimate buyers of these companies to all get together to foster more investments, more knowledge sharing and more deals,” adds Wolf.
Many companies that attended last year’s gathering have raised large rounds of funding or exited with big acquisitions over the last 12 months, such as London’s Weaveworks, which raised $15 million last May from Google Ventures and Accel, or PNMsoft, which was acquired by Genpact.
“Enterprise EMEA is unique in the enterprise tech world. Most of the large vendors like Cisco, Microsoft, SAP, etc. all have their own large events,” says Wolf. “Enterprise EMEA brings executives from all of those companies together to network with each other, with the startups and with the investors in their ecosystem.”
Among the speakers and attendees will be representatives from companies like Microsoft, Gemalto, and SAP as well as investors from firms such as Atomico, Lakestar, Index Ventures, Dawn Capital, KKR, and Blackstone.
Balderton Capital managing partner Bernard Liautaud will participate in a panel on how EMEA enterprise startups can find success on a global scale. Before joining Balderton, Liautaud was the founder of BusinessObjects, which was acquired for $6.8 billion by SAP in one of Europe’s largest enterprise tech exits ever.
Enterprise EMEA is invite-only. Visit the event’s website to request an invite and more details on attending the conference.