Midemlab: startup competition


    Midemlab features the most innovative startups proposing solutions that enable creative industries to build new consumer experiences.
    Are you a startup? Midemlab is your chance to find new partners among leading investors and decision-makers from the creative industries, and take your business to the next level. 30 finalists will be chosen to pitch at Midem by our selection partners: open innovation consulting company Bluenove, investment firm Index Ventures, music consulting company Music Ally and pre-seed & seed stage fund Seedcamp.

    • SoundCloud: Midemlab 2009 winner

    • 2012 Midemlab finalists Rexly

    • 2013 Midemlab finalists Soundrop

    • 2014 Midemlab finalist Blitzr

  • Discover the competition

    A word from past participants

    • David Blutenthal



      Founder & CEO – Moodsnap

      The Midem experience generated more business leads and opened more doors for partnerships than any single action we've taken since our company's inception a year ago.

    • Jules Terrien



      Co-Founder & CEO – Audience.fm

      Midemlab was the perfect launchpad for Audience.fm. It allowed us to get industry validation, meet potential investors & customers, and become an active part of the digital music eco-system.

    • Michael Penfield



      Founder & CEO – FanDistro

      What a great experience for a startup in the music industry... We had in-depth discussions with artists, managers, labels, and other tech companies, received great feedback and have embarked on a number of partnerships - all as a result of our participation in Midem!

    Enter the 2015 competition

    Apply before 5 March 2015!

    Get prepared to the competition, thanks to our complete FAQ.

    Enter in 1 of 3 categories

    • Music discovery, recommendation & creation

    • Marketing, social engagement & monetisation solutions

    • Hardware/Internet of Things
  • Why take part?

    • Meet with potential business partners and investors
    • Get feedback from powerful decision-makers
    • Gain visibility among the entertainment industry & world’s leading media
    • Receive personalised coaching to prepare your pitch. Coaches are brought by Pepsi.
    • Winners: Receive 1 year of free access to select Reed MIDEM shows(includes LeWeb-Midem-MIPTV-MIPCOM), free legal advice with Jeff Liebenson (Liebenson Law), free advertising on midem.com and extra visibility.
  • Key Dates

    Key datesEarly December: Call for entries opens

    Key datesLate January: Jury members announced

    Key dates5 March 2015: Deadline for applications

    Key datesMid-April: Finalists announced

    Key dates5 & 6 June 2015: Finalists pitch their business models at Midem

  • Application criteria

    Applicants must:

    • Register and attend Midem if selected to pitch (eligible for the special Early Bird young company rate: €495)
    • Be business-ready: already launched or in beta
    • Be a new company (less than 3 years old)
    • Have less than €1.5M/ $2M in financing
    • Be genuinely original and innovative, with an international viability
    • Demonstrate a positive business impact for potential partners and Midem attendees


the entire music ecosystem


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MIDEM 2015

5 - 8 June 2015

Palais des Festivals - Cannes, France


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the entire music ecosystem


Register early and Save!

MIDEM 2015

5 - 8 June 2015

Palais des Festivals - Cannes, France


Learn more

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