The IOT Solutions World Congress willl be hosting the StartupXchange day,  here we’ll dive into the latest trends, financing strategies, and networking opportunities.


Join us in exploring the vibrant start-up scene and learn from experts on navigating the fast-paced environment of success. Plus, Barcelona’s renowned ecosystem adds an extra layer of inspiration!


Don’t miss out during IOTSWC as you’ll get to meet select startups at our Pavilion and catch their pitches on stage May 23rd.

StartupXchange Agenda

10:00 -10:10 Welcome:

  • Montse Puig – BCN & Partners
  • Miquel Rey – Eurecat
  • KNX

10:10 -10:40 Keynote


30min  by KNX


10:40 -10:55 Startup Pitch (5 Companies 3 min each)   


10:55 – 11:40 Fireside Chat Investors focus


Title: Capital Convergence: Navigating Startup Investment & Resources

Explore the diverse landscape of startup investors, including venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate venture arms, and crowdfunding platforms. Discuss the different investment strategies, preferences, and criteria of various investor types.



Pitching and Fundraising: Share insights and best practices for effectively pitching to investors and raising capital for startups. Discuss key elements of a compelling pitch, common pitfalls to avoid, and strategies for building relationships with potential investors.


Alternative Funding Sources: Highlight alternative funding sources and resources available to startups beyond traditional venture capital, such as government grants, incubators, accelerators, and non-profit organizations. Discuss the pros and cons of different funding options and how startups can leverage them to their advantage.


Building Investor Relationships: Discuss strategies for building and maintaining strong relationships with investors throughout the fundraising process and beyond. Explore the importance of transparency, communication, and trust in fostering long-term partnerships with investors.


Access to Resources: Address the challenges that startups face in accessing crucial resources such as funding, talent, infrastructure, and market opportunities. Discuss initiatives and programs aimed at bridging these resource gaps and empowering startups to scale and succeed.


Investment Trends and Opportunities: Explore current trends and opportunities in startup investment, such as emerging industries, market sectors, and geographic regions. Discuss how startups can position themselves to attract investment in high-growth areas and capitalize on market trends.




  1. Maite Fibla – S2B
  2. Gerard Valverde – Additio
  3. Montse Puig – BCN & Partners
  4. Oriol Sanz ?¿ TBC
  5. MWC ?¿ TBC

Moderator: TBC Eurecat


11:40 -11:55 Startup Pitch (5 Companies 3 min each)   


11:55 – 12:10 Project Presentation 1 (15min)


 Roger Costa – TBC


12:10 -12:25 Startup Pitch (5 Companies 3 min each)   


12:25- 12:40 Project Presentation 2


Title: Opportunities in Europe for start-ups and SMEs: the attractiveness of public funding

Introduction to the EU funding ecosystem, overview of the relevant public funding programms for SMEs and useful tips & sources of information to monitor them


Speaker: Sara  Mateo – R&D and Innovation consultant -Zabala Innovation


 12:40 -13:00 Startup Pitch (5 Companies 3 min each)   


13:00 – 13:45 Fireside Chat Ecosystem focus 


Title: Kindling Conversations: Nurturing Startup Ecosystems

Explore the interconnectedness of various elements within startup ecosystems, such as entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, government policies, educational institutions, and support organizations. We will discuss how these components interact and influence each other.




Community Building: Highlight the importance of fostering a supportive and collaborative community within startup ecosystems. Discuss strategies for building networks, fostering mentorship relationships, and creating spaces for knowledge sharing and collaboration.


Policy and Regulation: Consider the impact of government policies, regulations, and incentives on the growth and sustainability of startup ecosystems. Discuss best practices for creating an enabling environment that fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.


Global Perspectives: Explore how startup ecosystems vary across different regions and cultures, and highlight lessons that can be learned from successful ecosystems around the world. Discuss opportunities for collaboration and knowledge exchange between ecosystems to drive collective growth and impact.


Sustainability and Impact: Address the importance of building sustainable and inclusive startup ecosystems that create positive social and environmental impact. Discuss the role of startups in addressing pressing global challenges and driving sustainable development goals.


Future Outlook: Finally, speculate on the future evolution of startup ecosystems in response to emerging trends such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, sustainability, and globalization. Discuss opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, and explore strategies for staying agile and adaptive in a rapidly changing landscape.




  • Miquel – Tech City TBC
  • Lorenzo di Pietro o Jaume Baró – Ajuntament
  • TBC – Eurecat
  • Mariona Sanz – BSC

Moderator: Montse Puig BCN & Partners


13:55 – 14:40 Networking Cocktail


14:40 -16:00  KNX Start Up forum

Pedro Mier

Pedro Mier holds a degree in Telecommunications Engineer ing from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, MBA from ESADE and PADE from IESE. He is currently President of AMETIC (Association of Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications Companies of Spain), Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TRYO Aerospace & Electronics, Board Member of the Premo Group and Committee of CTTC. member of Space Angels Network and Member of the Sc ientific Advisory