The 4 Years From Now (4YFN) conference, an accompaniment event alongside Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, takes place February 22 to 25, bringing together startups, entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and incubators to forge connections in the mobile space.
Some of the speakers you’ll see over the four day conference include Wikipedia chairman Jimmy Wales; special envoy for the Netherlands’ Startup Delta and former head of the EU Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes; and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. Meanwhile startups from not just Europe but across the world will be exhibiting throughout 4YFN.
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Meanwhile, Barcelona itself is a bustling startup hub and events like 4YFN and Mobile World Congress as a whole shine a light on the work that a lot of these startups are doing in different industries. Here we’ve chosen six Barcelona startups you need to keep an eye on.
Social app Wanty doesn’t want anyone to fly solo at events. The app allows users to browse events or locations like gyms or universities in their city and the attendees. Choose an attendee and if they select you back, it opens up a chat and you can take it from there. The Catalonian startup currently has about 20,000 users and will be exhibiting at 4YFN ahead of its planned expansion to more Spanish and European cities.
Barcelona’s Wide Eyes creates visual search technology for the fashion and retail industries and will also be exhibiting during the event. Its API allows retailers or fashion labels to integrate intuitive visual search tools for customers that allows for searching of full ensembles or matches and gaining recommendations on other products.
The company reached the finals of IBM’s Startups Connect last year and won the online vote for best solution.
Blueliv is a cybersecurity startup founded by CEO Daniel Solis headquartered in Barcelona and has since opened offices in London and San Francisco. With investments from Telefonica and Kibo Ventures, it has developed a turnkey cloud-based platform for identifying and analysing cyber threat intelligence. Larger enterprises and service providers are its target market and some of its clients include banks, insurance companies, telecoms and retail stores.
The business for on demand delivery is getting very tight but Stuart, one of the latest players in the game, believes it has a new solution. Founded by Dominique Leca, founder of Google-acquired Sparrow; Clement Benoit, founder and former CEO of Resto-In; and Benjamin Chemla, co-founder Citycake.fr, Stuart offers one hour delivery with a network of couriers around your city. It also makes its API available to shop owners and businesses. So far it has launched in Paris and Barcelona with London, Brussels, Berlin and Madrid to follow. The startup secured €22 million in pre-launch funding last year.
myABCKit is an education tech startup from Barcelona founded by Karina Ibarra that develops apps for young schoolchildren. The app takes cues from the Montessori style of teaching – individualised learning for students – that focuses on language skills, reading, and writing.
Teachers and students can upload their own images and voice recordings to help in creating a personalised learning process, which also creates data analytics for insight into the how the child is learning and progressing.
Kompyte wants to help businesses track what their competitors are doing online so they can stay a step ahead. The company’s competitive intelligence tool scans your competitors’ websites, social media feeds, advertisements, and newsletters and delivers an alert to you whenever they make a change to their sites or campaigns. This real data helps companies to plan ahead. Kompyte raised €400,000 from Rose Tech Ventures last year.