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Midemlab: startup competition

  • Midem Artist Accelerator

    Midemlab features the hottest startups proposing solutions that will help the music industry build new consumer experiences.
    Are you a music start-up or a start-up who wants to work with the music industry? Pitch your business at Midem! Midemlab is your chance to find new business partners among decision makers from the music industry, raise funds and gain international exposure to take your business to the next level. 20 finalists will be chosen through a call for entry by our selection partners: open innovation consulting company bluenove; music business information & strategy company Music Ally, and the leading investment firm in technology, Atomico.

    • 178 startups competed since the inception of Midemlab in 2008


      178 startups competed since the inception of Midemlab in 2008

    • 2015 Midemlab winner UniqueSound

    • 2011 Midemlab winner Next Big Sound

    • 2009 Midemlab winner SoundCloud

  • Discover the competition

    A word from 2015 alumni

    • Pierre Cref



      Co-Founder - Vinyl It

      Midemlab brought to Vinyl It huge market opportunities.

    • Damien Shiells



      Co-Founder & CTO - Clowdy

      Just being part of the MidemLab lineup opened doors for us that may not have been available otherwise.

    • Federico Rodriguez



      Founder - FretX

      All the business partners you need in one magnificent place!

    Enter the 2016 competition

    Apply before 23 March 2016!

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

    Enter in 1 of 3 categories

    • Music discovery, recommendation & creation services

    • Marketing, social engagement & monetisation solutions

    • Hardware/internet of things
  • Why take part?

    • Get the chance to win a free registration and pitch on stage at Midem

    • Find new business partners among decision-makers from the music industry

    • Meet with investors & raise funds

    • Get feedback from potential business partners & venture capitalists on how to make your service better

    • Gain international visibility and press coverage.

    Winners receive

    After the pitches, one winner per category will be chosen by the jury and will receive:

    • Industry’s validation and recognition as the most promising startup in the music field

    • Free legal advice provided by Jeff Liebenson from Liebenson Law

    • 1 year of free access to Reed MIDEM Entertainment shows (includes Midem-MIPTV-MIPCOM)

    • Free advertising on and extra visibility

  • Key Dates

    Key datesEarly January 2016: Call for entries opens

    Key datesMid-February 2016: Jury members announced

    Key datesMarch 23, 2016: Deadline for applications

    Key datesEnd of April 2016: Finalists announced

    Key dates3 & 4 June 2016 Finalists pitch their business models at Midem

  • Applicants must:

    • Be available to attend Midem if selected to pitch

    • Be a new company (less than 3 years old)

    • Be business-ready: already launched or in beta

    • Be independent, not affiliated to a group

    • Be genuinely original and innovative, with an international viability

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