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.

    Sign up for 2020

    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 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 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.

    FREE Showcase Pod

    Finalists will be offered a complimentary showcase pod (worth 5000€) within the new IBTM Accelerate feature area at the heart of the showfloor at IBTM World.

  • 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 possible cash prizes!

    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 to grow your business.

  • The Power of Mentoring

    2020 Finalists

    TBC

  • 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

AIPC ECM ICCA ILEA MPI PCMA Site IAPCO EMA ACS AAE