IBTM World launches investment and mentoring programme

IBTM World’s event director David Thompson.

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

The selected finalists participate in an intensive mentoring programme of workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions with a team of industry experts who will support them as they develop and scale their ideas and businesses ahead of pitching for funding to help bring their idea to fruition or to grow their existing business.

At IBTM World in November, the mentees will participate in live pitches to a panel of investors, taking part on a central stage at the heart of the event floor in a new immersive zone, IBTM Accelerate.

“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,” said David Thompson, event director IBTM World.

“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 August 23