Midemlab, the leading music tech startup competition, is calling startups to register and pitch their innovative solutions for the music and entertainment industry. The competition, over the last 12 edition, has seen the participation of over 250 music startups from 36 countries. And provides finalists with valuable exposure to industry decision-makers and potential investors.
Startups can now apply for free in one of the 4 categories: Music Creation & Education, Music Distribution & Discovery, Music Marketing & Data/Analytics and the newest category titled Music Live Experiences that will spotlight the most innovative solutions around Live Music for bands, fans, venues, producers, promoters and more.
The selection partners this year (Music Ally, Plus 8 Equity and The Lynk) will choose the 20 most promising international music-related startups, whose ground-breaking solutions offer fresh opportunities to the music sector. Pitches and judging will take place during Midem 2020 in Cannes, 02-05 June.
Finalists will receive personalised coaching from Abbey Road Red to prepare for their pitches. Winners of each category receive free PR advice from PR firm Rock Paper Scissors, free digital content strategy advice from Kuack Media and free legal advice from Jeff Liebenson of Liebenson Law. Winners will also receive a free mentoring session from innovation specialist, Yvan Boudillet, of The Lynk, a private meeting with investment firm Plus 8 Equity, a one year subscription to Music Ally’s professional music bulletin, international media coverage, one free Midem 2020 registration, and more.
Previous participants have raised millions of dollars in funding and many are now well-established in the music ecosystem including Soundcloud, The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify), Next Big Sound (acquired by Pandora), BandPage (acquired by YouTube) and Asaii (acquired by Apple). 2019 winner Endlesss closed a major funding round from high-profile execs immediately after attending Midem. The German-based startup Jambl also raised crucial funds a few months after winning Midemlab last June.
– Applicants must be available to attend Midem if selected to pitch (2-5 June 2020)
– New company (less than five years old)
– Business-ready: already launched or in beta stage
– Independent and not affiliated to a group
– Genuinely original and innovative, with international viability
The application deadline is set to 18 February 2020 and startups can apply for free here. The finalists will be announced at the beginning of April.