We caught up with Alejandra Menéndez, COO of Startup Valencia to get the scoop on what's in the works for the 4th edition of the Valencia Digital Summit taking place on December 14th & 15th!
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is one of the most unique venues for a Tech summit. What inspired you to choose this location?
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is the perfect location for a Tech event. Within this emblematic place, the Oceanogràfic offers us the possibility of expanding our theme of ‘Inspiring the Good Future’. The objective of this fourth edition is to show how technology, innovation and digitization can impact society, playing a crucial role in building a better future. To this, we need to add the recent announcement of Valencia being chosen as the most desirable city to live in and the healthiest city in the world, standing out thanks to the balance between quality of life, cost and access to unique talent.
One of the added values of this new edition is the expo area where we will find exhibitions of the latest technological trends as well as presentations of new trends and disruptive products.
This Tech event fosters innovation by generating new business opportunities, promoting entrepreneurial culture and boosting the technological and innovative European ecosystem. Attracting and retaining talent and investment, encouraging international alliances between ecosystems and positioning the Valencian community as an international tech hub are the main goals of Valencia Digital Summit 2021.
Notable celebrities Nieves Alvarez & David Mecca are on the list of speakers for the Summit. Other than them, are there any other speakers you are looking forward to hosting in Valencia?
In total, more than 300 speakers from 20 different nationalities will participate in the event, allocated across 4 themed stages with more than 60 hours of content. More than 400 startups from 15 different countries signed up to participate in the startup competition that has selected the 10 best startups who will present their projects to national and international funds worth more than 5 billion euros in 2022. Additionally, the Expo Village is an area where more than 40 startups will showcase their projects with the latest technologies in robotics, VR/AR, drones and much more.
Regarding speakers, the majority are founders from startups and well-known people from the innovative and tech ecosystem such as Elias Veris, Global Strategy & Operations Lead of Google for Startups; Christian Lindener, Global Head of Innovation of Airbus; Jaime Rodríguez de Santiago, Regional General Manager France, Spain & Portugal at FREE NOW; Indiana Gregg, CEO of Wedo; Sebastian Gunningham, Chairman of Santander Consumer Finance & Vice Chairman of Openbank; Sunny Bates, Founder & CEO of Sunny Bates Associates and Magdalena Szuszkiewicz, General Manager of Gorillas - among many other speakers that will offer their experiences and advice to attendees.
How does the Capital4Startups Pitch Competition help startups gain recognition, given that noted international brands like Airbus & EQT Growth will be a part of the Summit?
During the past few weeks, more than 400 startups from 15 countries have participated. The 10 finalist startups selected to participate in Capital4Startups Pitch Competition (Nect GmbH, Zeleros Hyperloop, BusUp, Dative_, 1millionbot, Streamion, Wenalyze, Decoditive, Fauna Smart Technologies and Breeze Technologies) will have the opportunity to present their projects to key funds, corporates and other stakeholders at our Investors Day on December 14th at Valencia Digital Summit 2021 in the City of Arts and Science.
The members of the jury are distinguished and recognized experts from the entrepreneurial ecosystem. They are part of the Board of Directors of different organizations such as Startup Wise Guys, BIGBAN, Plug & Play and DraperB1.
Jury members will analyze and study each proposal to choose the winning startup for each category: Best Seed Startup & Best Growth Startup. They will take part in Capital4Startups Pitch Competition to encourage innovation and talent at the main Tech event in the region of Valencia.
How does this Digital Summit cater to attendees around the world? Can remote audiences catch the Summit online?
Valencia Digital Summit, the main Tech event in the Valencian community, will host on December 15th and 16th more than 4,000 attendees in the facilities of the Oceanogràfic and more than 5,000 attendees via streaming. People from more than 25 different countries have already signed up to follow the event. In fact, 2 out of every 10 attendees are from any country but Spain and 60% of the enrolled attendees are CEOs or founders. Thanks to this hybrid edition, attendees will be able to enjoy Valencia Digital Summit from wherever they are in the world!
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