I-COM Data Startup Challenge 2017
The 5th edition of the I-COM Data Startup Challenge showcased top Startups from around the world. Startups who leverage value from Marketing Data & Measurement as the central selling point of their product or services.
Official Selection 2017:
- Catalyx, UK
- Cubeyou, USA
- DataLion, Germany
- E Fundamentals, UK
- LiftIgniter, USA
- MindLytiX, France
- Ourcart, Israel
- Personalyze, UK
- Sentiance, Belgium
- SpotRight, USA
- Vispera, Turkey
See the videos from the Official Selection presentations at the I-COM Global Summit on our YouTube channel.
The I-COM Data Startup Challenge (previously known as the I-COM Data Venture Challenge) once again teamed up with Unilever for the Awards.
The winner will receive up to US$ 50,000 from Unilever to fund a pilot programme. Unilever will spotlight the success of the pilot, if undertaken, and cover the winner’s attendance to the I-COM Global Summit 2018, including travel & accommodation.
For the 2017 Data Startup Challenge, I-COM extended an invitation to the Top 20 startups to register for the I-COM Global Summit as part of the Official Selection.
The Top 10 Startups also qualified to participate in the final round of judging and present to all the attendees of the I-COM Global Summit.
Success in a Data world means aligning a “dream team” and Ecosystem of companies that enable competitive advantage for their clients by leveraging value from Data. Never before has there been such a curiosity and need for large enterprises to understand and invest in the latest approaches and technologies that are on the horizon.
It’s been remarkable to speak one on one with lots of the people that we reached out to before the event. We got great advice and opportunities to try out our software with major brands at the I-COM Global Summit 2018. The summit is a must attend event if you are working with data that is to be used for better marketing, customer experience and better services.
E Fundamentals was proud to be announced as the overall winner of the prestigious 2017 I-COM Data Startup Challenge and also winner of the Attribution category. This competition attracts great entries from around the world providing a valuable learning experience. The judging panel is of the highest quality and developing our submission helped us to sharpen our communications. The event itself is a wonderful opportunity to meet potential clients and collaborators.
It’s a great gathering of the Marketing Data Elite and it’s the right audience for us: the agencies, the brands, technology companies… they are in the sweet spot for building our business. It is a fantastic networking opportunity with customer experience and marketing data professionals. And good vibes too!
For us it’s a great opportunity to network not only with Europeans but also with American brands, media representatives and technology partners.
Even though the summit lasts only 4 days, we feel we’ve learned a lot. For example, how we can enter the USA market or how a brand can benefit from our solutions in Asia. Many high-profile individuals, with a lot of experience are open to exchanging their thoughts and give you advice. It’s a really good platform for startups.
Our experience is very positive, it was well organised and well-paced event, with in-depth content and plenty of opportunities for networking. It has helped us to have initial conversations with potential clients and partners.
I-COM did a great job in creating an environment where people can cultivate relationships, many of these are continuing today and could potentially become lucrative business partnerships. Having experienced the Summit 2018, we can say that the cost of the summit access is more than fair. It entails proactive work on the side of the startup to get value, but if you are willing to put yourself out there and start the conversation, there are certainly many opportunities to do so. I-COM created a fantastic environment to enable us to do that.
For companies like ours, global knowledge sharing among peers and developing our business across borders is invaluable. We have found great value in connecting to the world via I-COM, engaging new audiences. We loved being a part of I-COM 2017 because it has brought us fresh exposure to potential customers. To top it all, the support by the I-COM team has been brilliant - quick, helpful and personal.
Being selected as an Official Selection in the Data Startup Challenge 2017 has helped our business immensely, giving us global recognition that opened doors to new clients and investors. I was impressed by the other startups we competed against, and the attendees at the Global Summit were top notch and we made many new high level connections with some of the world's largest brands and agencies. We'll definitely be attending I-COM every year from now on!
I-COM Global [Summit 2016] was a fantastic event for us. We enjoyed meeting so many leaders from the global marketing and data space in such a perfect location to mingle and get to know one another. To win two awards was an absolute highlight and we have initiated many relationships that are continuing today!
We found I-COM Data Venture in Sevilla  a great opportunity to meet and communicate with experts in data marketing. During the summit, we explored a lot of potential directions for our company and shared and discussed our efforts in data marketing with associates….[the summit] was held in an open and welcoming environment. We gained very useful suggestions and ideas among discussions.
Andreas and his team have created a perfect blend of location, food and business. He brings together the best of breed in a fun environment to explore new thoughts and address industry challenges. I enjoyed the sessions and the overall atmosphere [I-COM Global Summit 2016] was a delight.
I-COM is definitely ‘THE’ place to be for Data Driven companies. Participating to the 2016 Startup Challenge gave us a tremendous opportunity to present our Data Science platform to Data best-in-class players in Retail, Banking or Industry. As an output, and thanks to the great conditions created by the I-COM Team, we have been able to engage interesting, direct and fruitful conversations with many companies including Unilever and others.
For the second year in a row, Unacast participated as a finalist in the I-COM Data Venture Challenge. The events have been an excellent way for Unacast to showcase its technology for the top people within the data and advertising industry, and winning the overall category last year helped us accelerate our business further.
Being a part of the 2016 I-COM Data Venture Challenge was an extraordinary experience for S4M. It was very impressive to meet other presenters and address challenges from advertising decision makers and international stakeholders from leading media and creative agencies worldwide. This is a must-do event for marketing experts, especially for data-driven actors. It was truly insightful to engage in conversations on innovative applications between anonymised user data and consumer research panel data - both rising challenges in the heart of our industry today.
For data driven start-ups there is no better place to get recognised than at I-COM. Speaking on stage in front very experienced judges and networking throughout the event can put you on the map. Being made the overall winner for the I-COM Data Venture Challenge has helped VMob raise its profile in Europe and around the world. Following our participation we were able to secure a deal with a major European retailer and this was helped by the credibility and validation that the company received from I-COM judges in San Sebastian.
Who can enter?
The I-COM Data Startup Challenge is specifically aimed at Startups who leverage value from Marketing Data & Measurement as the central selling point of their product or services, pertaining to Digital Marketing. I-COM defines a Startup company as follows:
- Product is live in the market, at least having one client = 1 case study
- The company is less than 4 years old
- Annual Revenue is less than US$ 2.5 million
2017 Official Selection presentations