FRANKFURT, Germany – Five technology start-ups from across the world have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at IMEX in Frankfurt this year.
Finalists have been selected for the #IMEXpitch which takes place during IMEX in Frankfurt, 19 – 21 April.These up-and-coming companies offer innovative technology for the events sector and are set to go head-to-head in a live pitch competition at the show. The finalists are:
• eventbaxx www.eventbaxx.com – digital goodie bags
• Grip www.getgrip.io/grip-event-matchmaking – networking for startups
• Interactio www.interactio.io – simultaneous interpretation via a smartphone
• Mash Machine www.mashmachines.com – a musical instrument enabling players to create music by placing and moving blocks on its surface
• Qmeeto www.qmeeto.com – an all in one management tool
Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group explains: “There is plenty of innovation in the meetings industry, much of it coming from start-ups, and we’re keen to reward and recognise these new and exciting companies at the show.We also hope to give attendees a quick way to learn about the latest event technologies and how they can support their events.”
Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience of up to 60 attendees.This competition is part of the IMEX education program and will take place at the Inspiration Hub on 19 April 2016 at 16:00.
The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 in addition to press and marketing exposure.The six judges are all individuals who work with event technology on a daily basis and are heavily involved in the latest developments.They will select the winner at the #IMEXpitch final held at the show. The selection criteria covers ease of implementation and practicality, innovation and sustainability among other factors.
One of the judges, Christine Fuchs from the social fox, is also leading specialised tours on technology during IMEX, offering visitors a snapshot of the latest event tech solutions from across the showfloor.
A new feature at IMEX in Frankfurt this year is the TECHknowledge Area where experts will provide practical technology solutions and hands-on experiences. With their fingers on the pulse of the event technology space, these experts can discuss solutions for event planning, budgeting, productivity, sourcing, travel and other areas.
The TECHknowledge Area features a TECHbar where attendees can test out a range of event tech solutions, event apps, gadgets, wearables and more in a sales-free zone. Scheduled TECHbyte sessions are also available for valuable one to one advice.