Arch Sum­mit 2018: Bridg­ing the Gap Be­tween Star­tups & Cor­po­rates

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BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE TO­MOR­ROW STREET IN­NO­VA­TION CEN­TER, ARCH 2018 IS THE EVENT CON­NECT­ING STAR­TUPS, IN­VESTORS AND BUSI­NESS EX­EC­U­TIVES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. TAK­ING PLACE ON MAY 3 & 4 AT LUXEXPO, OVER 5000 PEO­PLE ARE EX­PECTED TO AT­TEND THE FIRST IN­TER­NA­TIONAL TECH SUM­MIT IN LUX­EM­BOURG. SIL­I­CON MET WITH WAR­RICK CRAMER, CEO OF TO­MOR­ROW STREET, TO FIND OUT MORE. WHY DID TO­MOR­ROW STREET DE­CIDE TO OR­GA­NIZE A TECH SUM­MIT?

We re­ally want to show the world the phi­los­o­phy be­hind To­mor­row Street and its ul­ti­mate mis­sion: to bridge the gap be­tween star­tups and cor­po­rates. We want to give star­tups a plat­form where they can di­rectly con­nect with C-level ex­ec­u­tives. And vice versa. I've had a lot of C-level ex­ec­u­tives telling me: “Some­times we just don't get told what's out there”. My im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion? I'll just bring them all to Lux­em­bourg! And get the star­tups here too. Within Voda­fone we have 16,000 sup­pli­ers, 58 part­ner mar­kets, around 26 op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies, and all of our en­ter­prise cus­tomers. With big or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Huawei, Ac­cen­ture, Eric­s­son, Kathrein and Am­docs on the guest list, it is a unique op­por­tu­nity for star­tups to grow their busi­ness through net­work­ing and get in front of the right peo­ple. We've in­cor­po­rated the an­nual Voda­fone Sup­plier Awards into the Arch Sum­mit so every­one will be there!

HOW DO YOU THINK THE SUM­MIT WILL IM­PACT THE LO­CAL ECOSYS­TEM?

It's bril­liant for Lux­em­bourg as it will show­case how di­verse we are in terms of our own ecosys­tem. Lever­ag­ing Voda­fone's global in­flu­ence puts the ecosys­tem on the map and ben­e­fits every­one in the com­mu­nity. I hope this event will help all the other in­cu­ba­tors in Lux­em­bourg to ex­pand their net­works as well. Fur­ther­more, many guests will be vis­it­ing Lux­em­bourg for the very first time, so that's great news for tourism and show­ing off the coun­try as a whole. We're also very ex­cited to have the prime min­is­ter and deputy prime min­is­ter at­tend­ing. Arch 2018 is a spring­board for us to keep host­ing these sum­mits and col­lab­o­rat­ing with our part­ners around the world. We want it to be in every­one's cal­en­dar each year.

WHO ARE THE MAIN SPEAK­ERS?

We have a very di­verse line-up of speak­ers in­clud­ing An­ton Kathrein (CEO of an­tenna man­u­fac­turer Kathrein), Gene Reznik (Se­nior Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Tech­nol­ogy Ecosys­tem & Ven­tures at Ac­cen­ture), Jonathan Nel­son (from US startup in­cu­ba­tor Hack­ers/founders) and Ge­or­gia Paphiti (CFO of UBS). So­nia Her­nan­dez, Di­rec­tor at Voda­fone Pro­cure­ment Com­pany, as well as other Voda­fone C-level ex­ec­u­tives will be tak­ing the stage.

TELL US MORE ABOUT THE TWO-DAY PRO­GRAM AS WELL AS THE COM­PE­TI­TIONS.

We want the sum­mit to feel like a “desti­na­tion.” To this end, we have asked our sup­pli­ers and ven­dors to make their stands as in­ter­ac­tive as pos­si­ble. It's all about be­ing hands-on. There will be a VIP area (spon­sored by Veuve Clic­quot), food trucks and even a band play­ing out­side…a real fes­ti­val feel. Three com­pe­ti­tions with cash prizes (no strings at­tached) will take place over the course of the two days. The Dis­rup­tive Startup Chal­lenge with the chance to win €150,000. What we are look­ing for is scal­a­bil­ity be­cause to be dis­rup­tive, you need to be scal­able. We then have Women in Tech, this prize of €50,000 is not nec­es­sar­ily for women en­trepreneurs; it's any busi­ness that is try­ing to em­power the lives of women and girls through tech­nol­ogy. The third cash prize is an­other €50,000 around the theme of Hu­man Im­pact. We want to see star­tups that are ded­i­cated to find­ing ways to en­rich peo­ple's lives across the world.

WHAT DOES THE “ARCH” SYM­BOL­IZE?

It's all about bridg­ing the gap. We've got two op­pos­ing worlds that speak two dif­fer­ent lan­guages and we need to bring these two worlds to­gether. And what bet­ter place than Lux­em­bourg with all its bridges!

WHAT SETS THIS SUM­MIT APART FROM OTH­ERS?

This sum­mit is about op­por­tu­nity, in­ter­ac­tion and per­son­al­ized con­nec­tion. Star­tups rarely get the op­por­tu­nity to meet face-to-face with C-level ex­ec­u­tives from big or­ga­ni­za­tions. Just one con­ver­sa­tion can be life-chang­ing. When you miss an op­por­tu­nity, it can re­ally ex­tend that time to mar­ket for a busi­ness. And ex­ec­u­tives of­ten don't have the time or the band­width to talk to star­tups. At the event it­self, we're not putting star­tups on one side and cor­po­rates on the other; we're blend­ing every­one to­gether to en­able them to fully in­ter­act and en­gage. Our staff will be tak­ing VIPS on “tours” around the sum­mit, in­tro­duc­ing them to all the star­tups. That doesn't hap­pen any­where! It is a place where peo­ple can in­ter­act phys­i­cally and not just dig­i­tally. We're liv­ing in a so­ci­ety where ev­ery­thing's dig­i­tal and even though it makes our lives eas­ier, you lose that abil­ity to truly con­nect with peo­ple. This sum­mit brings the hu­man el­e­ment back into the mix.

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