Event Business Accelerator

  • Join Our 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 tech, agency or service related to the events industry - whether you've got an idea for a festival or conference you want to launch, an event catering business you want to grow, or a venue finding application - we want to hear from you.

    Brand new for 2019, this unique programme will give our finalists the opportunity to join a 'Dragon's Den' style 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!

    Applications now closed


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

  • Live Pitch for more prizes

    Our judging panel will be awarding more prizes onsite to the chosen winners - including access to further investment, the opportunity to launch your event with Reed Exhibitions, ongoing mentorship pairing, and a cash prize of 5000€!

    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.

    Build Your Professional Network

    You'll join a like-minded community of other aspiring entrepreneurs from across Europe; helping you grow your network, find potential business opportunities, and exchange knowledge - taking your business idea to the next level.

  • FREE Flights and 4* Hotel

    Join us in Barcelona to attend the leading global event for the meetings and events industry, IBTM World, where you'll meet the industry elite across the 3 days.

    FREE 5000€ Showcase Pod

    Finalists can benefit from a complimentary pod in our IBTM Accelerate Zone, one of the busiest features onsite, with hourly tours and its own content programme and stage, it's no surprise we expect to see over 14,000 visitors

    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.

  • Our Judging Panel

    Fast-track Your Business

  • Submission Criteria

    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 during the 19th to the 21st November.

    If you require any further information, please contact Greg Fleming via greg.fleming@reedexpo.co.uk.

Host Event Partners

Industry Partners

AIPC ECM ICCA ILEA MPI PCMA Site IAPCO EMA ACS AAE

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