27-29 JUNE 2018

27-29 JUNE 2018


4YFN Startup Event

MWC Shanghai 2018 is bringing 4YFN to Asia for the third time, further expanding up a highly successful collaboration between 4YFN and MWC in Barcelona for the last few years.

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4 Years From Now (4YFN) is a startup business platform of GSMA and Mobile World Capital Barcelona that enables startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and launch new ventures together, strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Exhibit Your Startup

Meet Potential Investors

Learn in the Workshops

Be Inspired from the Stage Talks

Network and Connect

Generate Leads

4YFN Startup Event 2017 Highlights

Join Us at 4YFN 2018

4YFN offers unique connecting initiatives, such as custom networking activities, inspirational talks, technical abilities workshops, community outreach and startups & investors summit.

4YFN Summit

We offer a jam packed 4YFN Summit of 3 days where you can hear the insightful sharing from our inspirational speakers, founders of groundbreaking tech startups, executives, visionaries and leading investors in the industry. Key themes include:

  • Global Investment
  • Future Tech and Innovation
  • From Innovation to Business
  • Corporate Venture Capital
  • Disruption by Mobile

Startup Pitching and Competition

We select, manage and coordinate pitching sessions on each day at 4YFN within MWC Shanghai! It is the one and only place where the top-notch startups can demonstrate their finest technologies, products and services in front of an exclusive international network of fellow investors with the aim of accessing quality deal flow and developing co-investment partnerships.

4YFN Startup of the Year

The 4YFN Startup of the Year is the startup award within the Asia Mobile Award, focused on accelerating business development and the investment of new technologies. The 10 finalists will battle on the 4YFN main stage and the overall winner will be announced and awarded as 4YFN Startup of the Year with the grand prize.

Founders and Investors Programme

We provide an exclusive platform to meet face-to-face with the most talented and solid entrepreneurs and investors in the tech startup ecosystem. Networking programmes includes:

  • Strategic Partnership with 4YFN
  • Investors VIP Lounge
  • 4YFN Networking Drinks
  • Meet up with selected startups from APAC, EU, NA regions
  • Startup Showcase and Networking Area
  • Meet up with top Country Delegations
  • More VIP Agenda & Social Schedule

4YFN Exhibition

We create a 3,700 sqm startup show floor to gather the hottest Asian startups and the most promising ones willing to expand on this side of the world. We invite you to showcase your company, products or services to a highly relevant international audience.

4YFN Partnership

Get quality connections and brand visibility in the global startup ecosystem. Make a clear statement in the startup culture through our various sponsorship packages. We help you reach a highly targeted audience within the global tech startup ecosystem through the 4YFN partnership programme.

A Glance at 4YFN Summit

  Wednesday, 27 June Thursday, 28 June Friday, 29 June
  Global Investment Future Tech and Innovation
(AI, Deep Tech, Fintech and many more)
From Innovation to Business
10:00 – 10:10 Opening Remark
10:10 – 10:30 Session Keynote:
Fostering A Startup and Innovation Ecosystem
Overviewing global innovation breakthrough and startup environment.
Session Keynote:
Overview of Mega Tech Trends and Startups
Taking a close look at the mega tech trends and how they disrupted the way we live and do business.
Session Keynote
10:30 – 10:50 Next Generation of Technologies
Envisaging the future business with convergence technologies to enhance businesses and increase competitiveness.
Deep Tech
Understand what deep tech trends is worldwide and why the investor and startups are going deep tech.
Empower the Statups: Lesson Learnt from Best Practice from Collaboration
Exploiting the collaboration between incubators, accelerators, corporate innovation platform, startups and investors.
10:50 – 11:10 How Do Companies Leverage and Work with Startups
Exploring a synergy between companies and startup for value co-creation in leveraging strength of one another when it comes to innovation and operation.
AI, What Are We Expecting?
Learning how AI fundamentally reshape business, and what the future life empowered by AI looks.
The Role of Innovation Platform of Big Corporations
Introducing the investment department and innovation platform in the traditional companies and learning how corporations engage with startups.
11:10 – 11:30 Asia Startups: the New Rising Force of Innovation
Discussion and sharing on tracking the growth of the tech startups in Asia and why tech investment in Asia matters.
Panel Discussion – Fintech
A look at the technologies and products created by fintech that are changing the current banking and finance ecosystem, and what will the future of fintech look like?
Panel Discussion – IP Commercialization and IP Bundling
A Discussion on utilizing IP commercialization and bundling to maximize the tech and IP business value.
11:30 – 12:30 Startup Pitching and Demo
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break and Visiting 4YFN Exhibition
  Global Investment
(US, Europe and South East Asia)
Corporate Venture Capital Disruption by Mobile
14:00 – 14:20 Startup Landing and Cross-country Investment
An overview of Chinese tech startups and investors go aboard.
Session Keynote Session Keynote:
Innovation and Trends in the Mobile First Era
Decoding the innovation and technologies empowered by mobile.
14:20 – 14:40 Discussion – Investment in South East Asia
Discussion on investment in SEA: opportunities, tax and other incentives.
Overview of the VC and Startup Ecosystem Investors: Where to Focus and Invest Money into New Areas?
Hearing from VCs on what is exciting them most about where innovation is today and where the money is likely to be made and lost over the next few years.
14:40 – 15:00 Innovation Through CVC Creation
Understand what your company can do to initiate the CVC.
Startups: How We Embrace Innovation and What We Offer?
15:00 – 15:20 Panel Discussion – China-Germany Innovation and Investment
Exploring the innovation and investment opportunities in the area of autonomous driving, e-mobility, industry 4.0, IoT or more.
The Journey of CVC: Impact & Opportunities
Understand the implications & why… decided to follow a CVC strategy.
Translating the Local Success to Regional and Global
Learning what need to be noticed while further expending and penetrate the startup to regional or global.
15:20 – 15:40 Panel Discussion – Unlocking the Secrets of CVC: What Can CVC Do for My Corporation?
Uncover what benefits, costs and obstacles lay within operating a CVC.
Sharing of Successful Stories
15:40 – 16:00 China-US Innovation and Investment
Sharing on why Chinese tech titans investing in US tech startups, how start investors are driving china VC fundraising, and why are US tech startup founders taking the capital?
16:00 – 16:30 4YFN Startup of the Year Final I 4YFN Startup of the Year Final II and Announcement of Asia Mobile Award – 4YFN Startup of the Year
16:30 – 17:00 The End of 4YFN Summit
  The End of Day One The End of Day Two

4YFN (4 Years From Now) is a startup event of Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA.

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