This is Startup Garden 2018


The Mentors

For three days, the selected companies will participate in mentoring sessions with professionals from different areas of innovation, business management and founders of successful companies. They include Scott Cohen, co-founder of The Orchard, the pioneering digital music distributor; Luis Ivan Cuende, founder of Aragon, a blockchain platform for managing organizations; Dhiraj Mukherjee, founder of Shazam; Andrea Rosen, innovation director of Cube gmbh, among many others you can meet here.

The perfect pitch: investors and judges

The chosen Startups will pitch their pitches on stage and also in personalised sessions with investors such as John Acquaviva, who in his investment fund Plus 8 Equity supports reference projects in the music industry such as Subpac, Landr or Splice; Vincent Favrat, who manages his own fund dedicated to the creative industries, FavArt and is CEO of Musimap, an innovative project that unites AI and music; Nick Crosthwaite, director of corporate development in Spotify; or Jan Bohl, CFO and COO of Ableton. The complete list is available here.

The decision of who will be the winning startup will be the responsibility of the judges, including Edna Ohana and Juliette Mariani (360 Capital Partners), Ann Hyatt (Google), Taryn Andersen (Telegraph Hill Capital) or Paul Degueuse (Korelya Captial). The complete list is available here.

The chosen startups

Advanced musical toolsVoctro Labs, specialized in synthetic voice and artificial intelligence, and Timetosser, effects unit for an expressive interpretation of music.

Learn and practice: Applications such as Skoove (to learn to play the piano), Batuca to practice percussion and transcribe rhythms to musical notation.

Services for professionalsMusic Act focused on the live music industry and Hello Demo, aimed at musicians, record companies and distributors, while Acqustic offers a platform of secret concerts as unique experiences.

In the field of video games, Sekg collects player data (biometrics, for example) to improve the gaming experience.

Platforms for consumers and fansMusicList, dedicated to free music and with more than 1 million users and NOWR, focused on the participation of fans in live events.

Playlists that are getting smarter and smarterPartyplay is an app for making collective playlists for social contexts with a point of gamification, and Soundsgood manages to synchronize playlists from all platforms and give useful data about their performance with the public.

Blockchain to manage rights: Unison Rights advocates transparency and fair and prompt compensation for the commercial exploitation of music.

Hearing protectionHearing loss is a growing concern and is reflected in startups that offer hearing protection solutions, such as Earlabs, with an innovative concept to increase or decrease the volume of environmental noise; and dBtrack, a South African company that introduces an application to monitor our noise exposure.

Augmented reality: Finally it takes off in earnest, and this is reflected in projects such as Immersal, which from Finland propose applications for events and mass venues; Smartech, which offers AR solutions for the tourism sector; Stagecast, which offers collective experiences in mass events; Broomx, virtual reality solutions for the real world using advanced projection systems, while DTR develops 360 video content platforms.

Video and image: Filmclub aims to be the platform that brings film screenings legally closer to schools and provides educational resources based on the audiovisual, Watchity provides cloud tools for making and broadcasting live video, and eCapture3D provides a platform to convert any image into 3D content, without prior knowledge or special equipment. WANT Musik, creates vr experiences for interacting with music. Finally Qwest TV, a VoD platform entirely dedicated to Jazz (and supported by Quincy Jones)

The conquest of space: We cannot forget one of this year's themes. space exploration, and Vaonis proposes a simple and refined telescope for photographing and observing the cosmos.

The local talent will be represented through a selection of startups sponsored by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) and, Barcelona Tech City and Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC). 

See here the selected startups.