IBTM World will carry on with its Event Business Accelerator (EBA), an investment and mentoring programme for event industry entrepreneurs, this year in Barcelona from December 1-3.
Launched last year, EBA grants people who have an idea, product or service related 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.
This yearâ€™s mentors are Richard John, chief operating officer of Realise, a specialist events services and training agency; Giorgia Sanfiori, executive and team coach; Viona Terleth, a business and personal development expert in the international MICE Industry; Majbritt Sandberg, a serial entrepreneur; and Ingrid Rip, a certified event designer and trainer.
On the judging panel are Lori Pugh Marcum, co-creator of IBTM EBA and head of meeting innovation for Meeting Professionals International; David Preston, CEO of Realise; Mark Riches, advisor, and SME Investor; and Jason Allen Scott, serial entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker.
IBTM World is inviting submissions from entrepreneurs with a business that has been in existence for no longer than three years; who have a bright idea for an events business, product or service; or who have up to three yearsâ€™ experience in running their own business related to the events industry. Applications will close on August 31, 2020 and the finalists will be announced mid-September.