Midemlab

The leading international music startup competition

In 2020, Midemlab will be in its 13th year. Since its creation, more than 250 music startups from 36 countries have taken part in the competition.

The competition features the most promising international music tech startups offering cutting-edge solutions to help the music industry build new consumer experiences.

This year, Midemlab launches the brand new “Music Live Experiences” category to spotlight the most innovative solutions around live music for bands, fans, venues, producers, promoters, and more.

Twenty finalists will be selected by our partners Music Ally, the leading digital strategy and knowledge company for the music business; The Lynk, an agency that connects creative industries and startups; and Plus 8 Equity, a music tech venture firm.

Why should you apply?

  • It’s free to apply!
  • Pitch on stage to a professional jury in front of an international audience
  • Gain visibility and recognition from the global music industry.
  • Meet advisors, new business partners, international media and investors
  • Take your business to the next level
  • Winners receive free legal, PR and marketing advice; mentoring; a registration to Midem 2021; and much more!

Discover Midemlab's success stories

is now one of the most popular of the music streaming scene.

raised over $12 million since their participation to Midemlab.

brought together 17 million people who have pledged $4.7 billion, funding over 174k creative projects.

has now 15 million active users and 6 million concerts and festivals are listed on the platform.

was acquired by Apple four months after participating to Midem.

raised $3.1 million right after Midemlab and was selected to join Techstars Music in Los Angeles.

was acquired by Spotify in 2014.

was acquired by Pandora in 2015.

2020 Jury Members

Vanessa Bakewell
Client Partner Film & Music,
Facebook/Instagram
(UK)

Yvan Boudillet
Founder & President,
TheLync
(France)

Nicolas Brien
CEO,
France Digitale
(France)

Paul Brindley
CEO,
Music Ally
(UK)

Tiago Correia
Global Digital Business Development Senior Manager, Innovation,
Warner Music International
(UK)

Victoria Cruz
Manager, Global Business Development and Digital Strategy,
Sony Music Entertainment
(UK)

James Dick
Senior Vice President Marketing Partnerships Asia and CEO,
Live Nation Connects
(Hong Kong)

Olivia Hervy
Manager WeWork Labs Paris,
We Work
(France)

Jay Katsuyama
Vice President, Technology,
Universal Music Group
(USA)

Jenny Lindblad
Business Coach & Startup Mentor,
Eliza Communication
(Sweden)

Jean-Philippe Louis
Journalist,
Les Echos
(France)

Eyal Malinger
Investment Director,
Beringea
(UK)

Rishi Patel
Managing Partner,
Plus Eight Equity
(USA)

Vanja Primorac
Music Innovation,
United talent Agency
(USA)

Arabian Prince
Founding Member, NWA, Founder & CEO,
iNov8 Next Open Labs
(USA)

Juan Francisco Saavedra Plata
Co-Founder & CEO,
Kuack Media Group
(Colombia)

Claudia Schwarz
Co-Founder & VP, MusicTech Germany,
Co-Founder, WickedWork
(Germany)

Marisol Segal
Head of Digital Partnerships,
AEG Presents
(USA)

Guilaume de la Serre
Chief Product Officer & GM Europe,
Bandsintown
(France)

Pariwat Wongsamran
Director of Startup Thailand,
NIA
(Thailand)

Eligibility Criteria

        ✔ Available to attend Midem if selected to pitch
        ✔ New company (less than five years old)
        ✔ Business-ready: already launched or in the beta stage
        ✔ Independent, with no affiliation to a group
        ✔ Genuinely original and innovative, with international viability

Enter one of the 4 categories

        ✔ Music Creation & Education
        ✔ Music Discovery & Distribution
        ✔ Marketing & Data/Analytics
        ✔ Music Live Experiences [NEW]

Key dates

  • 2 December 2019: Call for entries opens
  • Mid January: Jury members announced
  • 18 February 2020: Deadline for applications
  • Early April: Finalists announced
  • 4 June 2020: Midemlab competition at Midem

Key documents

        FAQ
        Terms & conditions
        Midemlab 2019 Finalists

 

Selecting partners

Programme partners

Supporting and media partners