The annual highlight for all techies and entrepreneurs in Barcelona is closing in. 4 Years From Now (4YFN) 2016 arrives in just six weeks, from the 22-25 of February.
In a room full of Mazdas (Mazda’s showroom in the Born), Esteban Redolfi and his team presented this years event, which includes over 450 startups, 500 investors, 400 exhibitors and 235 speakers.
It’s the largest startup-oriented tech event ever in Barcelona, and it’s expected to attract more than 12.000 attendees, a 50% increase from last year.
2016 will feature more of everything
There will not only be more startups and investors during this years 4YFN, there will also be more awards and competitions.
One of the biggest will be the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament, a competition organized by IBM and 4YFN.
A conference at the event to look out for is the Future Trends and Insights, organized by Telefónica Open Future, Reimagine Food, Startupbootcamp IoT & Data and Nominalia, along with the Fundació PuntCAT.
Its also worth mentioning Imagine Express, the hackathon train leaving from Barcelona to Paris – London, and back the three days before 4YFN starts.
- Also read: GSMA CEO: “The Barcelona Startup Ecosystem is On The Right Path, But They Need to Embrace Failure”
Spanish startup ecosystems need more talent
During this weeks press conference the CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona and mVenturesBCN, Aleix Valls, explained his thoughts around the current state of the startup ecosystem in Barcelona.
“Investments in Barcelona the last year had an explosive growth, with 60% of all euros invested in Spain in 2015 landing in Barcelona”, Valls explained.
Talking about Spain in general he praises the growth of the ecosystems in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, but underlined the need for more nation wide success stories. Its also still quite hard to find talent for startups in Barcelona and the other cities.
Apart from that, 2015 became a record setting year, when Spanish startups in total raised €535 million, thats 87% growth from 2014, when a total of €286 million was raised by startups in Spain.
Tickets to 4YFN 2016 (promo code)
If the you’re not convinced that 4YFN and Barcelona is the place to be from 22-25 of February, take a look at the highlights from last year’s event.
Barcinno readers have access to the biggest possible discount using the code: BAR4YFN1P4ML
See you there!