Connecting start-ups to MWC Barcelona


– More than 300 speakers and BStartup Banco Sabadell back as platinum sponsor

BARCELONA, February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The GSMA’s leading startup and innovation platform, 4YFN (four years from now)returns to the heart of MWC Barcelona for a second consecutive year. Located in Hall 6 of Fira Gran Via and now in its eighth edition, the event signifies the importance of the 4YFN community, bringing together start-ups, investors, institutions, companies, and more.

“The global startup community is thriving, and we’re excited to bring this positive momentum to Barcelona with 4YFN, where there is a vibrant and vibrant local scene for innovation and technology,” said Pere Duran, 4YFN Series Director. “We are currently seeing an optimistic investment landscape, so there is a real opportunity. By bringing the worlds of innovation and investment together, we support an inclusive technology ecosystem that can innovate, collaborate and inspire.”

4YFN’s presence at MWC Barcelona will support networking and learning opportunities for many start-ups, companies and investors, with over €4 billion in potential investment available at this year’s event.

This year, 4YFN will focus on four themes:

  • technological humanism – examine how innovation influences humanity and society;
  • Founders – where founders, funders and experts share their ideas and advice;
  • Funding and business adventure – where best practices in program design, implementation and delivery are shared; and
  • creative minds – where creative leaders explore the latest trends in culture and entertainment.

In addition to new themes, selected programs will spotlight start-ups and innovation in high-growth verticals and strategic sectors, including digital health, impact, cutting-edge technology, fintech, sports, investors, communities and Diversity4Tech. All these topics and many more will be on the agenda of more than 300 speakers, including Sasha Michaudthe co-founder of Barcelona– tech based unicorn, Glovo – alongside:

More than 500 international start-ups will exhibit their latest products at 4YFN, and more than 200 will pitch at the 4YFN Discovery Area Pitching Stage, aiming to secure funding from leading funds, VCs and CVCs to support the next phase of their journey.

The 4YFN Awards 2022
Part of the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards), the 4YFN Awards aims to find the best digital start-ups from around the world. This year’s five finalists are Authena, Nax Solutions, IDUN Technologies, Citibeatsand ROYBI Roboi. Selected by a panel of industry experts and investors, who track criteria such as impact, innovation and scalability, these finalists will now have the opportunity to showcase their projects on stage, with winners receiving a stand at 4YFN MWC Barcelona 2023.

Sponsors at 4YFN
4YFN is backed by a platinum sponsor BStartup Banco Sabadell, host sponsors ACCIO of the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Activa (Barcelona City Hall), ICEX / of the government of Spainand Barcelona mobile capital of the world. The main sponsors in 2022 are CaixaBank – dayOne, Esade and Wayra, Telefonica Innovation.

Join us at one of the most influential start-up events in the world by registering here.

About the GSMA

The GSMA is a global organization uniting the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver fundamental innovations for positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unleash the full power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organizations in the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers to its members on three main pillars: Connectivity for Good, Industry Services and Solutions, and Outreach. This business includes advancing policy, solving today’s greatest societal challenges, supporting the technology and interoperability that powers mobile, and delivering the world’s largest platform. to bring the mobile ecosystem together during the MWC and M360 series of events.

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About 4YFN

4YFN is the kick-off event for the world’s largest mobile industry trade show, GSMA MWC. Our goal is to help start-ups, investors and companies connect and launch new business ventures together.



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