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Arctic15 is the most exciting and effective startup matchmaking event in the Nordics. Our goal of the event is to make sure you get quality networking, build meaningful connections and receive a real return on investment. The right size, the right people and a focus on networking.

The Arizona Technology Council is the largest technology association in Arizona serving all tech sectors across the state. Member-driven, it represents the interests of technology companies, their support firms, educational institutions and statewide economic development groups that collectively form Arizona’s technology community.

The ATC is a member-driven association of business and organization executive leaders, working together to promote the growth and success of Austin's technology sector.

Privately owned and independent, Bessemer Trust is a multifamily office that has served individuals and families of substantial wealth for more than 100 years. Through comprehensive investment management, wealth planning, and family office services, we help clients achieve peace of mind for generations.


Consistently recognized as a leading multifamily office, we provide highly personalized advice and service our clients know they can depend on.


Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today, Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global players. Waterloo is home to world-renowned research centers and the most significant concentration of math and computer science talent globally. And Communitech is the catalyst to fuel innovation and entrepreneurship. Startups receive world-class coaching from our advisors and mentors, access to Communitech events at discounted prices and can leverage our network to connect with investors, peers and potential customers.

EuraTechnologies, the French incubator and accelerator, is a centre of excellence and innovation located in Lille on 80,000 m². EuraTechnologies supports the development of all digital entrepreneurs through a unique methodology and expertise in supporting companies from their beginning to their international deployment. Established in 2009, EuraTechnologies has been ranked in Europe’s top 10 accelerators by Fundacity. EuraTechnologies is the precursor and spearhead of French digital economy of French Tech with 300+ companies, 4000+ employees, 300+ supported projects, 500+ annual events, 170M € + fundraising since 2009 (seed funding and Series A) and an international network (San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai, New York, Belo Horizonte).

The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) is a membership-based organization that prides itself on being a driving force behind the advancement of Illinois' vibrant technology industry. Providing programs and services focused on development, visibility and talent attraction, ITA consists of more than 700 member companies and a network of 50,000 individuals.

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.

Invest Ottawa, is Ottawa’s leading economic development agency for fostering the advancement of the region's globally competitive knowledge-based institutions and industries. Invest Ottawa delivers its economic development services through a unique partnership with the City of Ottawa. Through this partnership, Invest Ottawa has identified six key sectors that demonstrate the greatest potential for growth: Wireless, Photonics, Defense and Security, Cleantech, Life Sciences, and Film, Digital Media and Television Production.

With approximately 400 IT-member companies The Danish IT Industry Association (ITB) is the largest and leading independent representative for the IT-business community in Denmark. The member companies have focuses in IT, Internet, new media, telecommunications, electronics, and document solutions. These members encompass global actors as well as local start-ups with few employees.

The KC Tech Council represents Kansas City’s tech industry, a diverse ecosystem anchored by multinational corporations and driven by innovative entrepreneurs, with industry footholds in Healthcare IT, Telecommunications, Digital Media and more. The KC Tech Council's work helps to attract, retain and grow technology companies and highly skilled tech talent in Kansas City, ensuring the sustained competitiveness of our region into the future. ​The KC Tech Council is the operator of, an online-portal for tech candidates and employers to connect. ​

Atlantic 2.0 is a non-profit organization, the network of web players and digital innovation in Nantes and Pays de la Loire Area. More than 250 companies members, representing more than 3,500 jobs in the web and digital on the region. The Atlantic 2.0 network, 5 years of existence, achieved its first goal: to consolidate and boost web industry and innovation in Pays de la Loire. Daily, Atlantic 2.0 helps facilitate exchanges between entrepreneurs, project developers, investors, institutional and association partners to stimulate and promote exchanges between the players in the territory. What drives this network is a spirit of Nantes « thinking collective » that highlights the association organizing a major French event in Digital, every year in June: the web2day. Atlantic 2.0 also includes a dedicated space for meetings and exchanges between professionals in Nantes called « La Cantine », coworking spaces and events animation are the starting point for many discussions, collaborations and future projects...!


Minalogic is a global innovation cluster for digital technologies based in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is a Michigan-based non-profit trade association for the mobile industry. Their mission is to grow the industry withint the state by increasing demand for Michigan-based mobile technology products and services within the state, nationally and globally. MTAM sponsors growth of the Mobile Monday organization which boasts 2200+ members in chapters located in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing and serves as a resource for all things related to the Mobile/Wireless industry. 

Founded in 1998, this Northeast Ohio technology group has more than 900 members representing all facets of information technology: software development, IT services, website design and development, custom application development, IT recruiters and others. As Northeast Ohio’s foremost technology group, NEOSA also produces nearly 20 events annually to support members and the tech community.

The Ottawa Software Cluster (OSC) is an industry-sponsored association whose purpose is to help founders, owners and executives of local software companies to build great businesses in our community. Our vision is to ensure that Canada's National Capital region remains positioned as the leading centre for software development in the world.

SI Detroit is Detroit's premiere organization for software and Internet entrepreneur. SI Detroit was created by software and Internet entrepreneurs who recognized that Detroit's growing information technology community needed a forum that would foster information sharing, networking, and support. Each quarter, SI Detroit will convene Metro Detroit's software and Internet entrepreneurs.

Software San Diego exists to foster and support the entrepreneurial spirit within the software and IT industry in San Diego, by providing an organized forum for the exchange of ideas, sharing or resources and promotion of industry goals.

TechHub creates spaces around the world for tech entrepreneurs to meet, work, learn and collaborate, and runs a load of great events, advice sessions and more. We provide physical and virtual spaces that enable technology startups to work smarter, develop faster and increase their chance of success. How? Through our one-vision global community. Every TechHub Member is working on a tech product. TechHub offers flexible workspace, access to an energetic community, the resources of a global company, the energy and shared knowledge of a tech conference and the buzz of a social networking event rolled into one!

The Finnish Software Entrepreneurs Association is a non-aligned association for innovative, professional, growth-driven and entrepreneurial software business executives. It association operates Finland-wide, covering all the major cities having software companies and entrepreneurship, with over 500 members. They offer broad offering for software company executives including training, networking, business development forums, growth clinics and the ability to impact the governmental and industry-level decision making.

Venture Capital ~ Private Equity Roundtable Mission: “To bring entrepreneurial minded students, alumni, faculty and industry partners together into an environment that educates, promotes, and fosters new venture startup activities.”

As one of the oldest and largest statewide technology trade associations in North America, they are passionate about promoting Washington as a desirable place to start and grow successful technology companies amid a strong and connected community. WTIA has 800 member companies with 100,000 tech workers statewide and affiliations with 40 technology trade associations across North America. WTIA is the place to connect to Washington's technology industry.

World Financial Symposiums is an international organization dedicated to educating technology leaders. Renowned as the pre-eminent networking facilitator, WFS organizes and promotes forums, seminars and conferences for CEOs, CFOs, corporate investors and other deal participants for software and IT industries worldwide, with the intent to educate and encourage deal flow among industry colleagues. Founded by experts in management education in the software and IT industries, and supported by a top-tier faculty of presenters from around the globe, WFS has developed a true symposium bringing together all elements of the financial and partnering community, including company leaders, venture capitalists, investment bankers, private equity firms, top law firms, accounting experts and M&A specialists.

YTA is the place for executives and entrepreneurs in growing technology companies to meet, collaborate, and build their businesses. The mission of the York Technology Association is to foster the growth of successful businesses in the technology cluster.

Other Sponsors

A Goleta, CA company, established in 2006, AppFolio creates easy-to-use, web-based software that helps small and mid-sized businesses improve their workflow so they save time and make more money. They are responsible for creating SecureDocs, a solution designed to help companies prepare for audits, financing rounds and acquisitions by providing a secure data room for safely storing and sharing critical documents. Other AppFolio products include MyCase, AppFolio Property Manager and RentApp.

Armanino LLP, the largest California-based CPA & Consulting firm, has been ranked one of the 25 "Best of the Best" accounting firms in the nation, and a Best Places to Work, both nationally and regionally. In addition to 3 offices in the bay area, they also have offices in San Diego, Portland and Naperville, IL.

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the largest business schools in the United States with more than 1,500 graduate students and more than 8,300 undergraduates. Their various programs and departments have recieved top #30 rankings in U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Public Accounting Report and Technovation, among others. In addition to Scottsdale, they also have campuses in Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, and Lake Havasu City.

BD Guidance delivers accelerator systems & services for Global Market Expansion. Their methodologies have successfully penetrated new & existing markets in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East achieving double-digit growth for our partners and clients. 

For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, BDO offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities, combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals.


BDO serves clients through 64 offices and over 400+ independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multinational clients through a global network of 1,408 offices in 150+ countries.

Founded in Massachusetts in 2002, Black Duck Software is a provider of OSS Logistics solutions that automate the process of securing and managing open source software, eliminating open source-related security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risks. 

The EPFL Innovation Park hosts technology driven companies in an inspiring environment, with access to cutting-edge research, a large network of dynamic entrepreneurs and established companies.

The EPFL Innovation Park is devoted to housing start-ups, SMEs, research teams and innovation cells from major companies that operate in fields as diverse as information technology, computing, health and nutrition, engineering, transport, telecommunications or materials.

Located on the south side of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL Innovation Park is integrated into the core of a scientific community made up of 329 laboratories and more than 10’000 students. Partner companies located at EPFL Innovation park are therefore part of a vibrant campus providing a unique environment for exchanging ideas and knowledge. This distinct advantage will pave the way for tomorrow’s successes.

For new or experienced entrepreneurs wishing to have access to research  institutions in the Canton of Vaud or Lausanne area, the EPFL Innovation Park can offer unparalleled exposure to the wide range of new technologies being developed in the research units of the EPFL, UNIL and the CHUV, all in a spirit of scientific collaboration.

Established in 2000, Fortune Capital is one of the earliest market-oriented venture capital firms in China. Its investments are focused on four key sectors: TMT (Media oriented), Consumer Goods/ Services, Modern Agriculture and Clean Tech. Fortune Capital has invested in over 200 deals and is ranked among the highest performing VC/PE firms in China.

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) is a statutory body set up by the HKSAR Government in 2001. HKSTPC provides infrastructure and support facilities, full-service incubation programs for technology start-ups, and fosters partnerships and collaboration between industry and universities/applied research institutes through consulting, training and research programs.

Established in 2003, JumpStart is a nationally recognized non-profit accelerating the success of diverse entrepreneurs, their high growth companies and the ecosystems supporting them. In 2011, Cleveland State University recognized JumpStart client companies’ $155 million economic impact on Northeast Ohio in 2010.

At KN+S, our team works closely with each client to develop a full understanding of your goals and objectives on which a strong working relationship depends. We immerse ourselves in your systems and processes to gain an understanding of the dynamics of your business, to help manage complexity and support the growth of your business. We regard our staff as teammates for your organization -- embracing your business objectives and taking pride in accomplishments we achieve together. As a member of your team, you can rely on us to be a trusted advisor, an honest colleague and a reliable, effective ally.

Established in 2010, the EC is a non-profit organization that connects entrepreneurs with investors, mentors and resources they need to accelerate the launch of a startup business. The EC Began as an initiative of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and currently focuses on 4 key sectors: health care, technology, digital media & entertainment, and social enterprise.

NRV is a venture capital firm that embraces high growth companies led by exceptional teams. We invest in big ideas that capitalize on societal mega trends - that might even change the world. We lean toward investing in companies located in Virginia so that they can benefit from our counsel and connections.


NRV has invested in 14 companies that, since NRV’s involvement, raised over $133 million in equity and have created jobs and shareholder value in the region.  Today, NRV will invest in high growth companies with exceptional teams, proven technologies and demonstrated market traction.

Queen City Angels is the first group of investors commited to accelerating the growth of early-stage business in the Cincinnati area and surounding region, via investments that are capable of producing a substantial return. Their angels include a substantial number of business leaders from the region, including former company CEOs and founders. 

Silicon Slopes was conceived to promote Utah’s growing technology community. After sitting through numerous meetings strategizing ways to promote Utah’s image (all of them leading to no action), Omniture co-founder and current Domo Inc. CEO Josh James decided to initiate a branding campaign for Utah’s tech community – Silicon Slopes. provides resources for technology and life sciences companies, investors and job seekers, including detailed company profiles, industry news, community calendar, a blog and job postings. There is also a section that tracks investors and their activity including deal flow in Utah.

Software Business is focused exclusively on the software industry and provides industry leaders with twice monthly eNewsletters, an information packed website, and two well attended conferences.

TechChill Baltics is a content-driven startup and emerging technology conference in the Baltics, gathering startups, game-changers, tech enthusiasts, investors and speakers from all around the world. The main goal of the conference is to bring together the Baltic and Nordic startup and technology community. 

Telefónica is one of the world's largest fully integrated telecommunication operators, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. We operate in 25 countries and serve around 325 million customers. 


Telefónica brands include Movistar, O2 andVIVO, among others. In 2013, it was ranked seventh in the Telco sector worldwide in terms of market capitalisation, 1st as aEuropean integrated operator, and seventeenth in the Eurostoxx 50 ranking, composed of the major companies in Europe. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is celebrating its 33rd year of helping entrepreneurs Change the World. Our mission is to improve the human condition through technological entrepreneurship. Powered by The Wayne Brown Institute, has a mantra to help entrepreneurs Start. Find Money. Change the World. We accomplish this by offering cutting edge educational programs, premier pitch events, and empowering a powerful Cooperative Venturing® network of venture professionals who are actively engaged in advancing the entrepreneur.

With the financial backing of Telefónica, one of the biggest telco companies in the world, and with the support of a global network of mentors, investors and partners, we help the best entrepreneurs to grow and build successful businesses.


We are part of Telefónica Open Future, an open innovation platform that integrates all Telefónica Group’s investment vehicles and initiatives to foster entrepreneurship and innovation globally.  For that reason we also help corporations and other organizations to innovate through start-ups.

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