Startups at IBC2019

From global media players to innovative tech startups, join 1,700 exhibitors and 55,000 MET industry professionals at IBC2019. 

Every September attendees from 150 countries arrive in Amsterdam to experience the latest innovations that are revolutionising the industry. IBC is the world's most influential media, entertainment and technology show and combines a world-class exhibition, game changing conference and themed showfloor feature areas to create an unmissable, 5 day event that celebrates and champions the entire industry.

For 2019 we are encouraging attendees to come and experience the vast breadth within our industry, from the range of exhibitors displaying cutting-edge tech to the topics covered within our programmes, to see it differently at IBC2019. With this in mind, IBC2019 is the ideal place for startups to make their mark by positioning themselves at the forefront of this innovation and showcase their ground breaking ideas and services to the perfect audience of key industry players and professionals. 

Enter your details for your chance to receive an IBC Conference Pass worth €1,895

We have an exclusive offer of 10 conference passes available to startups. Simply fill out the below form for your chance to hear from leading personalities and wait to be contacted to see if you have been successful. 

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Next Gen Hub

In 2019 IBC are excited to provide a new area dedicated for startups - the 'Next Gen Hub'

The Next Gen Hub is a meeting place for startups and students to meet with industry leaders, to get direct advice on shaping careers and to hear directly from entrepreneurs about how they developed their business ideas.

There is a fun program of interactive workshops that will look at issues such as diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and tips for finding a mentor.

Not only is the Next Gen Hub a fun place for startups to meet, it’s also a comfortable lounge where you can hang out, have a drink after-hours with other startups from around Europe and network.

Next Gen Hub, Hall 9 5.C54

Click here for the Next Gen Hub content schedule. 

Networking opportunity

Next Gen Hub peer to peer power hour

IBC invites you to join us at the Next Gen Hub for our Friday power-hour networking event. Join us for a few drinks and interactive games, and have the opportunity to meet fellow startups and students, hub speakers and an array of industry experts. 

Friday 13 September 4-5pm
Next Gen Hub, Hall 9 5.C54

Connect and engage at IBC2019

Below are examples of just some of the features and events designed to enhance your experience at IBC2019 across five days of groundbreaking insight and innovation. 

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Seeing the future now

Seeing the future now

The Future Zone brings together the very latest ideas, innovations and concept technologies from international industry and academia, and showcases them in a single specially-curated exhibition area. Experience and participate in an astounding display of the ground-breaking achievements taking place in our industry. 


IBC Esports Showcase

IBC Esports Showcase

Check out the Esports Showcase, powered by ESL, EVS and Lagardère.
Taking place on Tuesday 17 September, it brings together leading names of the esports industry to discuss the latest trends, showcase current developments and demonstrate esports live on stage in a National Championship tournament.


Media-Telecom Catalyst

Media-Telecom Catalyst

The Media-Telecom Catalyst Programme will bring together buyers and end users (Champions) and solutions and technology providers (Participants) from across the media and telco space to collaboratively develop proof-of-concept projects. These rapid-fire projects will focus on driving technical innovation to build demonstrable solutions to solve industry challenges.


Network at The Beach

Network at The Beach

Situated on the banks of the Beatrix Pond, The Beach provides a relaxed space for attendees to catch up away from the Exhibition. With a bar and plenty of seats, it's just one of the many spaces and opportunities available to network with peers and create new business connections. 
Where people connect and ideas emerge

Where people connect and ideas emerge

The IBC Exhibition encompasses the entire MET community, and strives to reflect this on it's showfloor. It provides the perfect platform to network with suppliers and customers, identify the latest trends and technologies and drive your innovations and strategy.


A new era in media

A new era in media

The IBC Conference reflects the impact of change on the media, entertainment and technology scene and brings leading personalities to the stage to dissect those changes. Join 1,700 delegates and guests from across the globe to hear from our outstanding line-up of 300 speakers, enjoy fantastic networking opportunities and be inspired to embrace the changes in our industry. 


Preparing for IBC

Tips for IBC success

  • Download the app
  • Study the expo hall floorplan and features
  • Set up meeting prior to the show
  • Mark out the sessions you will be attending
  • Attend networking events to meet like minded peers and industry experts
  • Take advantage of the Next Gen Hub area located in Hall 5
  • Stay focused
  • Stay onsite and pace yourself
  • Make the most of social media - ensure your brand is visible by using social media, include handles for Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Linkedin
  • Have fun!

Download the IBC2019 App

The IBC2019 App has been designed to help you get the most out of your time at IBC. 

Features include:

  • AI-powered matchmaking that suggests people you may want to meet with while at IBC2019
  • Send messages and arrange meetings / network with other attendees
  • Easily navigate through the RAI with our interactive venue map 
  • Convenience of access on either your mobile, desktop or tablet
  • Search the exhibitor list and plan your visit
  • And so much more!

Available now on the App Store and Google Play


Who you will meet?

IBC attracts more than 55,000 attendees from 150 countries around the world, exhibiting more than 1,700 of the world's key technology suppliers and showcasing a debate-leading conference. 

Click here to learn about the attendees from around the world. 

How to prepare your target list

  • Focus on simplicity and be prepared!
    • What are your goals? What do I want to achieve by the end of my visit?  
  • Be as strategic as possible
    • Be prepared for your meetings, know the venue and scope out a good meeting point            
    • Utilise the App and exhibiting companies list
    • Keep an eye on social media and see who is talking about IBC
    • Are these people you want to meet?  
  • How to best pinpoint companies you are targeting
    • Understand what companies look for in a strategic partner & make sure your needs are aligned with theirs
    • Do your research and due diligence, look at companies’ portfolios and what type of companies they have invested in

How to perfect your pitch

  • Be yourself! Establish trust and credibility quickly
    • You, your background, your vision and your passion are just as important as the company and product you are trying to build
  • A big market can amplify the smallest innovation
    • Your product’s impact will be measured by the size of the market opportunity, not just by the uniqueness of your innovation
  • No detail is too small. Be prepared!
    • Sophisticated investors expect precision and accuracy – anticipate every question and cover it even before it is asked! They will respect you for respecting their intelligence.  
  • Avoid unnecessary jargon!
    • Use common sense – show your focus on building a business, not raising money


About Startupbootcamp

Startupbootcamp builds innovative ecosystems in which startups, corporates, knowledge institutions, and mentors innovate and accelerate each other's growth. Startupbootcamp has locations in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Cape Town, Mexico City, Dubai, Milan, Berlin, New York, and other cities. By running 20+ industry-focused innovation programs with direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners, and investors, Startupbootcamp is helping ambitious founders scale. 

About Startupbootcamp Media

Launched in 2019 in Amsterdam, Startupbootcamp Media is a leading global startup and scaleup program focused on the innovation in the media industry. Supported by a strong network of corporates, as well as an extensive mentor, investor and alumni group from all over the world, Startupbootcamp Media is a part of the global award-winning Startupbootcamp, a network of industry-focused accelerator programs.