As it happened on 2015, SinergiQ made a significant contribution to the success of the Startup Garden by Ricoh, one of the most important and innovative events in Sónar+D, the International Congress of Digital Culture and Creative Technologies, held in Barcelona on 16, 17 and 18 June at the same time as the Electronic Music Festival Sonar. More than 4,500 professionals of creative industries from 50 countries participated in more than 150 activities.
For three days, 30 30 outstanding startups in the creative industries, which were selected after an international call for entries, met at Sónar+D to show their projects to an accumulated audience of 50,000 people at Startup Garden.
The startups took mentoring sessions by 30 renowned VC, accelerators and incubators. Besides, the top 10 startups entered the Startup Competition. The winners were Japanese project Kagura (www.kagura.cc), the Swedish Mind Music Labs (www.mindmusiclabs.com) and the Americans Cross Fader (www.crossfader.fm). The Spanish project Openshoes (https://theopenshoes.org) won the Ricoh Prize.
Music, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, wearables, digital making, hardware, blockchain, cinema and advertising excel in these chosen apps, platforms and devices.
A total of 46 investment funds, accelerators, business angels, and both national and international institutions will be present at Startup Garden in a series of activities, such as Mangrove Capital Partner, 360 Capital Partners, Workday Ventures, Sushi VC, Edition Capital, Telefónica Ventures, Numa, and Wayra. SinergiQ has also coordinated the presence of Business France with a delegation of French 8 startups.