infoShare 2018 is the largest tech conference in Central and Eastern Europe. 6,000 participants from around the world, global trends and the opportunity to establish new business contacts in the form of meetings with investors and startups from across the continent. The conference starts on 22.05 and will last two days.
Meeting of knowledge and business
infoShare 2018 has as many as seven stages, including three Tech stages, the Marketing Plus stage, the Startup stage and the largest one – the Inspire Stage. Over 150 speakers from Poland and abroad will share their knowledge. This year infoShare will host Vitaly Friedman (smashingmagazine.com), Peter Cowley (business angel), Jess Williamson (Techstars), Antti Merilehto (Fintech Finland), Piotr Konieczny (niebezpiecznik.pl), Jeremy Goldman (Firebrand Group) and many others. Key speakers will share insights on technology, investment, digital marketing and startups.
‘As always we take great care to get the highest level of conference presentations. This year, we have assembled a Program Board bringing together professionals in the fields of technology, business and investment. Together, we are arranging the infoShare 2018 agenda. We focus on people with unique experience and rich knowledge,’ says Grzegorz Borowski, CEO of infoShare. Speeches are complemented by specialized workshops and trainings.
Additional opportunities to establish business contacts are also created by numerous side events, including Great Networking Party with live concert, Before and After Party, as well as morning infoShare Beach Running.
An exclusive space for business
This year, two closed meetings will include discussions and moderated networking for business representatives and investors.
Investors Meetup is a meeting of investors present at the conference. Its aim is to build a community of representatives of funds investing in startups and seeking business unicorns. Another exclusive event dedicated to business representatives is the Leaders Event. The main topic of the meetings will be the directions of development of the investor ecosystem in the region of Central and Eastern Europe as well as the cooperation between corporations and startups in the innovation field.
The continuation of both closed meetings will take place during Sunset Leaders Boat Race – cruise on the Gdańsk Bay, which will end with After Party.
Inspire Stage will belong to business practitioners
One of the main stages, the Inspire Stage, will belong to business practitioners. Topics covered include current trends in new technologies, effective ways to build a company and brand, and a review of interesting business cases. The stage will host, among others, Tim Jackson, founder of Walking.vc with a speech about support and help that can be given to company presidents to scale business and ensure market success. Jackson speech is based on practice – bringing a startup to a debut on the American stock exchange, investments in over 40 companies and sitting on the boards of nearly 20 companies. Another guest is Pocket Sun, founder of SoGal Ventures, which will tell you how to win as an entrepreneur in the dynamically changing reality of Millennials. The fund co-founded by Pocket Sun invested in 50 start-ups from Asia and the United States since 2015. Yet another speaker, Eric Siu, CEO of Single Grain based in Silicon Valley, will talk about the automation of sales processes. He will explain how to build a proven lead generation system so that it does not end with just getting potential customers, but transitions to closing the transaction. infoShare participants will learn how Single Grain used this way to acquire such customers as Amazon or Uber.
80% of startups start talks with investors at infoShare
This year, startups will be able to present themselves to 150 investors from Europe – business angels, VC and CVC funds. Among them there will be Techstars, Breega Capital, Credo, Earlybird VC, Inventure or Point Nine The Angel VC. The conversations will be held during individual speed dating meetings, arranged using a dedicated application. In 2017, over 1500 such meetings took place.
During infoShare, the Startup Contest will also be resolved. This year, nearly 500 startups entered the competition and the top 20 went to the semi-finals. On May 22 and 23, they will present their solutions to the jury and compete for EUR 20,000 in cash. The founder of the prize is the City of Gdańsk.
Will there be a record?
‘This year we expect a record number of participants. The importance of infoShare in building relationships and connecting representatives of corporations, investors and startups is growing. In 2017, we hosted representatives of over 2,700 companies and institutions from 45 countries operating in the areas of IT, AI and Big Data, e-commerce, advertising, banking and finance. This year, we are also planning the presence of about 200 exhibitors in the EXPO space – including partner companies and startups at various stages of development, which will show their products and solutions,’ explains Grzegorz Borowski. ‘We are visited by representatives of corporations and investment funds who seek access to the latest technological solutions provided by startups,’ he adds.