IBTM World launches mentorship programme

Event Business Accelerator’ will provide investment and mentoring for young entrepreneurs.

IBTM World has launched ‘Event Business Accelerator’, an investment and mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs.

The programme will give people with an idea, product or service relevant to the events industry the opportunity to participate in an intensive mentoring programme, culminating in a live pitch for funding to a panel of potential investors at IBTM World.

Set to take place in Barcelona from 19-21 November 2019, this year’s event will also include a new immersive IBTM Accelerate zone, featuring exhibitors and education sessions designed to attract and nurture entrepreneurial talent.

David Thompson

Event director, David Thompson (left), says: “IBTM is committed to paving the way for future industry talent and this initiative, and indeed the entire Accelerate zone, are platforms to do this in a comprehensive and sustained way.

He adds: “The zone will allow us to combine elements from our year-round content, our mentoring scheme, as well as providing opportunities for on-site learning. We very much look forward to announcing more details in due course.”

Applications for the Event Business Accelerator will close on 23 August. IBTM World is inviting submissions from entrepreneurs up to the age of 35 who have a bright idea for an events business, product or service, or who have up to three years’ experience in running their own business related to the events industry.