START-UP VILLAGE: NEXT TO DARE

The world’s best display of start-up innovation

This is your spot if you’re a start-up with retail and branding solutions or if you’re thinking of investing in innovation.

KNOWLEDGE

A space to find inspiration at RBEWC'19

R&B NEXT AUDITORIUM

Our team of curators selected the most relevant projects for our talks and round tables, with a new topic influencing the future of retail debated every hour. 

Panels & sessions at the Start-up Village’s R&B NEXT! Auditorium were included for free with all passes

WORKSHOPS

Start-ups delivered sessions to limited groups of 30 people, sharing their success stories and responding to visitors’ queries in detail.

Workshops were included for free with all passes

RBEWC next! awards 2019

Discovering innovation in the pitching competition

The RBEWC Next! Awards is a pitching contest for established start-ups. In 2019, 24 finalists were granted a free spot in our Start-up Village and the chance to showcase their solutions in front of an international audience of retailers, brands and investors.

The most innovative solutions in the sections of Digital RBEWC, Disrupting Tech and Digital Brands were shown here, with one winner chosen in each of these three categories.

DIGITAL RBEWC

How to improve retail experience and brand engagement.

Subtopics: Fintech, Shared Economy, eCommerce, Marketplaces, FashioTech, Bots, etc.

DISRUPTING TECH

How to improve enterprises through mobile innovation and data analysis.

Subtopics: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Wearables, Robots, Open Hardware, Smart Cities, Transport, Cybersecurity, Drones, etc.

DIGITAL BRANDS

How to improve people’s spare time and education/communication.

Subtopics: Mobile Gaming, VR/AR, Entertainment, Digital Content and Transmedia, mAdvertising, etc.

R&B Next! AWARDS COMPETITION

The 24 finalists for the R&B Next Awards 2019

Competition jury

Proposals were evaluated by experts from the world of start-ups

Oriol Juncosa
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
ENCOMENDA SMART CAPITAL

Mercè Tell
Managing Partner
NEKKO CAPITAL

Emilio Risques
Innovation & New Business VP EMEA
ASICS

Ronan Bardet
Founder
EGI GROUP

Maurizio Rossi
CEO
H-FARM

Liz Fleming
Principal
ADARA VENTURES

Quino Fernández
CEO
CONECTOR

Lara Oliveras
Founding partner
IVC DIGITAL TECH INVESTMENT

Sebastian Picardo
Investor & advisor
NOVUS VENTURES

Aleix Valls
Managing Partner
H-FARM BARCELONA

María Zárate
Communication manager
T-ZIR

OUR TEAM

"It is a space plus a program, where start-ups will be the heroes"

Aleix Valls, Head of Start-ups at RBEWC, shares his vision for the design of the event.

LET’S START THE TRANSFORMATION

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