For startups, testing, funding, developing and getting their products to market presents a world of challenges. For corporates, the struggle lies in innovating, staying ahead and securing cutting-edge solutions. According to Tomorrow Street, the team behind Arch Summit, overcoming these hurdles can be as simple as getting the right people together in one room. It may sound easy, but such opportunities are few and far between. What is the motivation behind Tomorrow Street’s first international technology conference?
(Featured Image: Tomorrow Street’s team plans to hold the Arch Summit often / Image Credit © Silicon Luxembourg / Olivier Minaire)
“It’s normally very difficult for startups to meet corporate CEOs directly. They have to work their way up the chain, and many CEOs are blind to the startups that are out there,” said Warrick Cramer, CEO, Tomorrow Street. “Tomorrow Street is part of Vodafone as well as Technoport, so we can connect to a network of global suppliers, public actors and startups.”
This approach reflects Tomorrow Street’s core purpose: connecting innovative startups with Vodafone’s massive and far-reaching network of 10,000+ global suppliers.
More than an end in itself, the event aims to trigger chain reactions: “We are excited about the event, but we are more excited to hear about all of the success stories that we hope will come out of it,” Cramer said.
“CEOs and global companies will get to know new technologies and solutions, as well as the startups behind them.”
On May 3 & 4, startups, tech companies, VCs, public actors and thousands of executives from Vodafone and its suppliers will converge for an innovation-packed experience to witness new technologies, heated debates, though-provoking speakers and more. Most importantly, CEOs and global companies will get to know new technologies and solutions, as well as the startups behind them. All involved will leave with connections that could alter their trajectories for the better.
The packed agenda also includes three award competitions with cash prizes totaling €250,000 and no strings attached. These focus on disruptive technology, women empowerment and social impact.
Specifically, the Whoopi Goldberg Female in Tech award, named after the award-winning actor and comedian, will hand over €50,000 to women founders, women in tech or any company that harnesses technology to empower women.
“For me, female empowerment has never been about making women stronger. Instead, it’s about making people see the strength that is already there. Tomorrow Street and the Arch Summit recognized this difference,” Whoopi said.
“Most events are organized by event companies. Tomorrow Street, a joint venture between Vodafone and Technoport is itself a product of collaboration between the corporate, public, and startup worlds.”
While the inclusive event welcomes tech startups with any focus, all trending topics — such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and internet of things — will be represented. An underlying human element runs through all of the solutions on display, highlighting how technology makes life better.
To make Arch Summit a reality, Tomorrow Street reached out to Vodafone and Technoport, who recognized the event’s important impact and offered their full support.
“Most events are organized by event companies. Tomorrow Street, a joint venture between Vodafone and Technoport is itself a product of collaboration between the corporate, public, and startup worlds,” Cramer added. “Connecting the right people from these worlds isn’t something we are just doing at this event, it is something we do day in and day out. We know what works, and we are uniquely positioned to bring the right people in to make that happen. It’s a true collaboration.”
“In the long term, Tomorrow Street plans to hold the summit annually, continuously feeding innovation and bridging the gap between two different, but complementary worlds.”
In addition to uniting corporates and startups, Arch Summit will show influential attendees that Luxembourg is a launch pad for innovation with a global impact. The team has worked hard to bring Tomorrow Street’s first major event to life, all the while staying focused on the end goal.
Booths filled up fast, with over 200 tech exhibits, but general admission is still open and all those interested can still purchase tickets online.
In the long term, Tomorrow Street plans to hold the summit annually, continuously feeding innovation and bridging the gap between two different, but complementary worlds.
Check out the event website for a complete agenda. Maserati’s new high-tech cars, a virtual reality corner and an assistive robot for seniors exemplify the innovations that visitors can expect to see.
Between the four stages and hundreds of booths, guests will leave knowing that they have witnessed the frontline of global innovation.