Challengers is where the great meets the fun.

The name Challengers pays homage to all of those individuals who have challenged something in their lives, eventually succeeding and impacting their societies and the world. Startups are also challengers, the real change makers and the drivers of innovation. Challengers is set to celebrate the startups by bringing together the best of the European ecosystems.

European Startups, investors, established companies and individuals gather to challenge existing norms and debate pressing issues while building new connections and making friends. Witness the latest innovation, current and future trends in tech, and learn from startups and established organisations. Doing business can and will be fun.

Each vertical has one major “Chat Clash” (vs battle), one keynote, and up to 8 subcategories where the startup ecosystem debates, shares, presents and entertains.

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Focus is on these four verticals:


Online Banking
Cashless future
Shared economy


Online platforms
New sounds systems
Internet of Things


IoT Attacks
Cyber Warfare
Banking Security
Deep Web
Mobile Security


Future of Cars
Car sharing
Global Food Highway

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This is not your typical tech event where onstage appearances are rehearsed, scripted and under delivering. Everything is designed and built carefully having first the audience in mind, just like a great app. Challengers is set to disrupt and inject freshness into the tech events scene.

And it takes place in Barcelona. Enough said.



Palau de Congresos de Catalunya

Av. Diagonal, 661-671, 08028 Barcelona ESPAÑA

How to arrive

From the airport: Barcelona Airport El Prat (11 km)

By car/taxi: Coming out of the airport take the B-17, in the direction of Barcelona (5 kilometers), follow the signs for B-20, Ronda de Dalt (blue). Once you are on the B-20, continue straight on until you see the exit sign for “salida” 11 (Les Corts - Zona Universitaria). From this point on you can see the hotel. Continue for 200 meters on the right hand side of the Avenida Diagonal and take the second street to the right that leads you directly to the Hotel. (Overall duration of trip: approximately 15 minutes.)

By train/metro: The train station is located just next to the Airport. Take the train as far as Sants Estació, the city’s main train station. Once you arrive, take the subway train (Metro), Line 3 (green line) and get off at the Zona Universitaria stop (2 minutes walking distance from the Hotel). (Overall duration of trip: approximately 40 minutes.)

By Aerobus: The aerobus, express airport bus service, links the airport with the main areas of interest in the city. The terminal for the Aerobus is just in front of airport itself and it stops at every terminal. In order to get to the Hotel you must get off at the Plaza España stop (first stop within the city). Take the subway Line 3 from here (red line) and get off at the Zona Universitaria station (2 minutes walk from the Hotel). (Overall duration of trip: approximately 35 minutes.)

By limousine: Limousine service from Airport on request (85 € + VAT) from Palau de Congresos (contact details in below link)

20 minutes from the heart of the city.
10 kilometers from the airport (15 minutes by car)
2 minutes walk to the nearest subway station (Line 3, green), bus and tram.
3 kilometers from the city’s main train station.
5 minutes by car from the FC Barcelona Camp Nou.
For more information on how to arrive please visit Palau de Congresos How to arrive.


Startups in pre-seed, early, mid and late stages of 10-15 startup ecosystems of Europe majority falling under the four verticals. These startups will arrive mainly from: Spain, Israel, Nordics, Portugal, France and Eastern Europe. Corporations, Media houses, institutions and investors based in Europe will be looking for their partners, clients, acquisitions and inspirations.


Challengers 2014 was called Startup The Fusion, which was organised on a c bootstrapped budget of only €7k and gathered 400 people from 33 nations to Madrid, and was a major success. Visit to see all speakers and agenda.


Celine Pasula

Celine Pasula
Co-Founder & CFO at Grand cru

Heather Leisman

Heather Leisman
Vice President, Industry Marketing at TripAdvisor

Jeroen Merchiers

Jeroen Merchiers
General Manager North, East & South of Europe + Russia at Airbnb

Pablo Juantegui

Pablo Juantegui
CEO at Telepizza

Miki Kuusi

Miki Kuusi
Co-founder & CEO at Wolt
(Formerly CEO of Slush)

Peter Vesterbacka

Peter Vesterbacka
Mighty Eagle at Rovio Mobile Ltd.

Samu Konttinen

Samu Konttinen
Executive Vice President, Consumer Security Business at F-Secure Corporation

Vicenç Martí

Vicenç Martí
CEO at Akamon