Sunday, 27th January 2013 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PMCompetition Innovation Factory, Lerins Hall Tech
After receiving personalised coaching sessions from Microsoft BizSpark, finalists hit the stage to pitch their business models to jury members. Scout your future business partners during their five-minute pitches and meet them in person afterwards. The winner will be revealed at Visionary Monday.
Decksi by Creative D (Canada)| CEO
Decksi is a direct-to-fan distribution channel that turns video, music and photos into digital merchandise. Fans collect, trade, gift and share to build a collection of digital trading cards from the artists and brands they’re passionate about. Decksi enables a freemium business model for content and blends micro-transactions with high-value incentivized video advertising to create new revenue streams for artist content. Decksi works with artists, labels and other content owners on a rev share or performance-based licensing fee.
Eazieer (France)| Co-Founder & Head of Marketing
Combining communications and e-business to music, +Eazieer is the new digital steering system for those who want to use the power of the web to reveal and market their music. All-in-one, +Eazieer, now available in beta version, makes it easier to broadcast and to access new talents, music, shows, and fans. It is a universal cloud answering to today’s musical consumption. Designed to help artists emerge the music e-business, it allows musicians to pilot their activities, albums, titles, roadshows, merchandising, social marketing, with on-going sales and statistic check via automated administration and CRM. Fair royalties and fair trade are part of +Eazieer’s vision. Beyond bridged ticketing available, thanks to one-click-payment, sales of music catalogues, video streaming and branded products allow fair income to artists and music professionals, labels, producers, festivals. +Eazieer gives artists and labels the choice of a “freemium” option, fully free of engagement and fees, as well as “Pro” or a “Premium” option, for the widest distribution in the world, still at low cost.
evergig (France)| Co-Founder
Through its website and iPhone app, EVERGIG's artificial intelligence allows crowdsourced concerts' videos posted on evergig.com by the public to be synchronised with the venue's desk HD sound. Then, thanks to its 100% automated process, the Artificial Intelligence, analyzing over 15 criterias every second of each footage, picks and edits the best of each sequence, offering a LEGAL, HYBRID (UGC video meets Professionnal sound), DYNAMIC and EVOLVING (if a better footage is posted it will replace the previous one in the editing) montage of the FULL SHOW, mixing UGC video and Professionnal sound. In addition to what, curators get rewarded (with new concerts' tickets and other treats) and the rightholders retributed as well. Based on a freemium economic model, EVERGIG changes the way concerts are recorded, shared and enjoyed.
Mixgar (Hungary)| Co-Founder & CEO
Mixgar is s social jukebox - it streams music to venues, like: bars, restaurants, festivals. Guests can check out using their mobiles which song is being played and can vote their favorites up on the playlist. Mixgar reads their favorites from facebook/last.fm and based on votes and music interest the songs most liked on that location will be played. So Mixgar is interactive, social and democratic!
Murfie (USA)| Co-Founder & CEO
Murfie is the corner record store in the cloud: a dynamic marketplace of new and used music where all purchases and trades are instantly available digitally. Murfie’s unique secondary marketplace merges the best of iTunes (new music purchasing, unified digital access via download or streaming) and eBay (market-determined pricing, long-tail selection, real ownership, lossless audio quality).
Piano Galaxy by JoyTunes (Israel)| Music Director
JoyTunes brings new media solutions, gamification dynamics and audio technology to the vast market of music education. JoyTunes changes the way people learn music, practice playing an instrument and work with a music teacher by transforming musical skills into engaging experiences – activated by playing a regular instrument. The “Piano Galaxy” suite of apps includes apps for encouraging kids to engage with music, practice the piano and work with a teacher. The first apps launched, for piano introduction, have seen great retention with over 15 million songs played. All apps work by playing a real piano/keyboard (no adapters needed).
Pulselocker (USA)| CTO & Lead Strategist
Pulselocker is a platform for the next generation of DJ. Pulselocker is the first music subscription service that gives DJs access to millions of tracks, playable on the most popular mixing apps, online or off. Our unique subscription service gives DJs the unprecedented freedom to: stream full-length tracks; download tracks and DJ them out – before they decide to buy; and buy only the tracks they want to keep. We couple this revolutionary experience with a socially driven discovery engine that provides more personalized recommendations and provides DJs greater insight into the artists and labels that influence them the most. Through Pulselocker’s industry-first monetization strategy, artists and labels have three distinct ways to earn money from their current and back catalog. Pulselocker pays an escalating royalty rate each time a subscriber streams a track, stores it in their locker to play offline, or buys it outright.
rightclearing (Switzerland)| CEO
rightclearing simplifies and democratizes the market for music licensing by providing the technological infrastructure between musicians and content users. The entire process from searching for songs to creating and paying for binding legal licenses has been automated. Independent artists and labels can now earn money with the usage rights to their music. Advertisers, filmmakers or private persons can license songs for their own use with only a few clicks.
Stageit (USA)| Founder & CEO
Stageit is an online video platform allowing artists to stream and monetize concert-like live performances while interacting with their fans in real time. Launched at SXSW in March 2011, Stageit has rapidly grown to become a widespread new revenue-generating platform for artists who can’t afford to tour, those who are between tours as well as those looking to complement and activate other promotional and networking tools.
WeDemand / Queremos! (Brazil)| Co-Founder
WeDemand is an open social platform that brings together fans, bands and promoters to crowdfund and promote concerts. Having promoted over 50 concerts using this system in the past two years in Brazil (under the name Queremos!), including the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Feist, Primal Scream, Beady Eye, James Blake, Two Door Cinema Club and many more , the company is now expanding to the US. WeDemand is focused on funding and viral dissemination. It’s a mechanism on which the fans have a direct interest in disseminating the campaign, first to guarantee the concert will happen, and then to get more more people to attend it, so it sells out and they get a full refund.
| Digital Champion / Entrepreneur & Chairman
Ballou PR (UK/France)| Founder & President
I am the founder of Ballou PR, a European PR firm that focuses on high-growth technology and internet companies. With the Ballou PR team, we’ve had a string of well-documented client success stories including the exit of Musiwave for $100M+, the entry of Facebook into France, and the entry of Eventbrite into Europe. Along the way, we've redefined PR to include social media at its core.
Amazon.com (USA)| VP, Digital Music
Prior to joining Amazon.com, Steve was the President of the Mountain View, CA based, Loopt, the leading location-based services company.
Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (USA)| Managing Director
Urs Cete is heading the corporate venture capital fund Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) of the international media company Bertelsmann. Before being promoted to Managing Director of the fund, he served as CFO and principal at the fund for 4 years. Before joining BDMI he worked in Bertelsmann’s corporate controlling & strategy department where he was in charge of group controlling and group strategy. In that capacity he worked on strategic projects in all of Bertelsmann's media categories (television, radio, music, books, magazines and services). Mr. Cete currently serves on the boards of Mojiva, Skimlinks, Qeep and Exit Games. He is also a board observer on several boards including CrowdTwist.
Eventbrite (USA)| CTO
Renaud Visage is the founding technical architect and CTO of leading online event management company Eventbrite. With engineering degrees from Cornell University (USA) and Ecole Centrale de Lyon (France), Renaud started his career as an environmental consultant. Fascinated by the Internet, Renaud joined, as the Director of Engineering, Internet photo-sharing pioneer, Zing Networks which was funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and later acquired by Sony ImageStation. In 2006, he joined forces with Kevin & Julia Hartz to found Eventbrite. Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event. With funding from Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital, Eventbrite has been widely successful and recently announced that it has sold more than $1 billion of tickets to date.
Microsoft (France)| Startup Lover, Emerging Business Lead
Roxanne Varza currently runs some of the startup-related initiatives at Microsoft in Europe.