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Arena Stage live

Keynotes, fireside chats, panel discussions.

The top-notch change-makers from all over the world sharing their innovations and stories. But that’s just one of the 5 stages we have ready this year. Find the live content just for you.

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Pioneers Festival is the major event for future technologies and entrepreneurship. Join the juried and strictly limited community of 2,500 like-minded pioneers and build relationships that matter with startup founders, executives, investors, and international media in a unique setting.

Hofburg Imperial Palace
Heldenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Festival Days: May 24 & 25
Challenge Day: May 23
Mentors Day: May 22

Check out the Pioneers Festival overview and side events.

Straight outta ecosystems

From all over the world, seven Ecosystem Champions made it to the finals. The Top 7 startups will pitch to the whole Pioneers Festival audience at the Arena stage on May 25.
The best one out of the 7 finalists will be awarded Pioneer of the Year.

See Top 7

Pioneers Challenge

The Battle of the Ecosystems

Out of the Pioneers500 a jury will nominate the most outstanding 10 teams per ecosystem. The best one from each ecosystem will pitch on the Arena Stage on May 25 and compete to become
the Pioneer of the Year.

Find out more about the 7 Ecosystems.

Check out Top 70 startups

5 Stages –
100 Hours of hand-crafted content

Discover your favorite topics, entrepreneurship insights, successful stories and glimpses into the future from 7 Ecosystems:
Business & Productivity, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Agriculture, Lifestyle & Entertainment, Materials & Manufacturing or Mobility & Transportation

Find out more about the 7 Ecosystems.

Agenda 2016

Festival Speakers 2016

Manoj Bhargava

Living Essentials®
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Tim Draper

DFJ
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Jimmy Wales

Wikipedia
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Nicole Glaros

Techstars
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Dag Kittlaus

VIV
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Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics
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Dean Kamen

First
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Probably the highest density of game changers in tech per m2

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Startups look to Vienna as next big thing

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The future starts at the Pioneers Festival

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Pioneers Festival
… a smarter SXSW

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If you want to
understand the future,
this is stop number one

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Meet the 500 most promising
early-stage tech startups.

The Pioneers500 is an annual selection of the 500 most promising early-stage tech startups identified in cooperation with the global tech community and select key players. Pioneers covers 2 tickets for each accepted startup.
You can mix and match with them at this 5th Anniversary Edition of Pioneers Festival.

Check out the 500 selected startups
Pioneers Challenge Partners