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Pioneers Festival is the major event for future technologies and entrepreneurship. Join the juried and strictly limited community of 2,500 like-minded pioneers and build relationships that matter with startup founders, executives, investors, and international media in a unique setting.

Hofburg Imperial Palace Heldenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna Vienna, Austria

Festival Days: May 24 & 25 Challenge Day: May 23 Mentors Day: May 22

Check out the Pioneers Festival overview and side events.

And the winner is…

Pleo from the world of Financial Services dominated the field and clenched the coveted Pioneer of the Year award. They were so cool that Speedinvest (our partner and office buddies) awarded them up to 500,000 euros. Plus, they get to fly to California (thanks to Lufthansa & myAustrian) for the Red Bull High Performance Center Experience and receive a private consulting workshop with the state secretary Harald Mahrer – the sky is definitely NOT the limit for Pleo!

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Pioneers Challenge

The Battle of the Ecosystems

Out of the Pioneers500 a jury will nominate the most outstanding 10 teams per ecosystem. The best one from each ecosystem will pitch on the Arena Stage on May 25 and compete to become the Pioneer of the Year.

Find out more about the 7 Ecosystems.

Check out Top 70 startups

5 Stages – 100 Hours of hand-crafted content

Discover your favorite topics, entrepreneurship insights, successful stories and glimpses into the future from 7 Ecosystems:
Business & Productivity, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Agriculture, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Materials & Manufacturing or Mobility & Transportation

Find out more about the 7 Ecosystems.

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Festival Speakers 2016

Manoj Bhargava

Living Essentials®
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Tim Draper

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Jimmy Wales

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Nicole Glaros

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Dag Kittlaus

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Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics
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Dean Kamen

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Probably the highest density of game changers in tech per m2

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Startups look to Vienna as next big thing

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The future starts at the Pioneers Festival

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Pioneers Festival … a smarter SXSW

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If you want to understand the future, this is stop number one

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Meet the 500 most promising early-stage tech startups.

The Pioneers500 is an annual selection of the 500 most promising early-stage tech startups identified in cooperation with the global tech community and select key players. Pioneers covers 2 tickets for each accepted startup.
You can mix and match with them at this 5th Anniversary Edition of Pioneers Festival.

Check out the 500 selected startups
Pioneers Challenge Partners