Event Business Accelerator

  • IBTM Event Business Accelerator

    Do you have an idea or start-up related to the events industry?

    Then this is the scheme for you. We’re looking for any agency or service related to the events industry. Whether you have an idea for a festival or conference you want to launch or an event catering business you want to grow - we want to hear from you.

    Back after a highly successful launch in 2019, this unique programme will give our finalists the opportunity to pitch onsite at IBTM World - providing a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to launch or scale their business ideas, and be seen by the global events community!

    And, if that wasn’t exciting enough, each finalist will receive pre-event training in partnership with MPI, flights and accommodation for up to two people, mentorship with one of our judges post-event, and the chance to win a cheque for €5000.

    See here for the Terms and Conditions.

    Ideas or start-ups could include Events, Conferences, Exhibitions, Festivals, Catering, Stand Designers, Marketing, Florists, Venue Finders, Staff Hire, Security, Ticketing, Products, Facilities – the sky’s the limit!

  • FREE Mentoring Programme

    All finalists will join a 6-week personalised programme of online workshops led by the largest meeting and event industry association, MPI - on Entrepreneurship, Go-to-Market strategy, Marketing & Branding, and Sales Pitching.

    Brand Marketing with IBTM

    With over 30 years in the industry, IBTM World is the perfect platform to showcase your business and professional profile, with international press and digital marketing coverage as standard for our finalists.

  • The Power of Mentoring

    2020 Finalists

  • Submission Criteria

    The 2020 Event Business Accelerator competition launched in July.

    All submissions must be based in Europe so as to benefit from the free flights offered, and finalists must be available to attend onsite at IBTM World for all 3 days of the show.

Host Event Partners

Industry Partners