Oct 18, 2017 Aino Piirtola
Our first jury comes from the USA. Our American friends have it all for startups, and Silicon Valley isn’t so bad either, right? First, we’d love to introduce Rishi Patel, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Plus Eight Equity Partners. After years of experience in investment banks on Wall Street, Rishi founded Plus Eight together with John Acquaviva and now focuses on music tech. The second member is Bob Moz from Techstars Music, a startup accelerator run in collaboration with global, remarkable music companies like Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
Next, we’ll come a bit closer geographically. European is a wide term, as broad as the set of skills Europeans have. There is plenty of potential in the markets, and even more investors hunting down potential targets, startups. In the second jury, Yvan Boudillet from Startup Sesame, Kalam Ali from Native Instruments, and Thierry Baujard from Media Deals are on the lookout for Europe’s best. Startup Sesame is a community of tech startups, including those focusing on the music industry. Native Instruments is one of the major software and hardware producers for electronic music makers. Kalam’s role is to work on venture partnerships with music tech innovators, like the startups attending Slush Music 20. Thierry is the founder of Media Deals, a pan-European investment network that focuses on creative and media industries.
Our third jury represents the Nordics and the Baltics. Everything good is built in peace, just like the Northern entrepreneurial scene. 10 % of all the billion dollar exits come from the region and this is not a myth. Think of Spotify, Skype, Rovio, and Supercell, some of the most recent examples. The arctic minds have had the chance to invent, and now they’re looking for new startups to invest in. The Nordic-Baltic jury members are Veikko Maripuu, Managing Partner at Head Capital, Pontus Stråhlman, Vice Chairman at FiBAN, and Ulf Ekberg, Founder and President at Norvik Ventures. With strong backgrounds in investment, all three are now looking to elevate the Nordics!
The last jury is a true mixture of music and tech, the old and the new. In the world of music, the labels have the music and the resources to invest in it. For music tech startups, it is necessary to be interesting to both the tech world and the music world. Today, many labels are investing in new products to broaden their business horizons and to ease their daily operations. As are the members of our fourth jury, Patrik Larsson from Playground, Daniel Federauer from Sony Music Entertainment, and Andrés Lauer from Universal Music. Patrik is in the jury to represent indie labels and their point of view on music tech collaborations. Daniel and Andrés represent the big players investing in music tech, collaborating with several accelerators, and constantly hunting down new partners or investment opportunities.
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