4YFN Awards Semi-Finalists 2018

10 semi-finalists set to wow the crowds during the 4YFN awards later this month!

For its 5th edition, 4YFN are once again excited to list a number of top-class names that all equally deserve fame and fortune based on the brilliant ideas that they have designed, developed and deployed.

The 4YFN Awards are back and will feature prominently at this years 4YFN at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2018, highlighting ten of the most pioneering projects that are set to disrupt and transform the future of today.

Over the years it has gathered momentum and interest from audiences ranging from top media companies to notable investment firms, and so in turn it has become increasingly popular amongst our community to get involved and apply for a spot on the dazzling but daring big main stage during the annual 4YFN Barcelona event that takes place every year, alongside Mobile World Congress. Get global coverage and meet the right people without spending a penny on a booth? What more could a startup ask for, right?

Well, with that in mind, we are thrilled to announce we have chosen ten lucky semi-finalists to exhibit their solutions from a stand over the three days and pitch their projects to the 400-strong crowd on 27 February in the hope to make it to the finals the following day!

We’ve tweaked the format slightly this time around and opened the competition up to all industries, but ending with just one overall winner, rather than one per category of three (like in previous editions).

We received a whopping 300 applications from contestants spanning over 75 cities in 25 countries worldwide.

And so…. drum rolls please….. we are very excited to announce that the top 10 pioneering projects that have been picked from the high caliber of applications that we received this year are:


COMBINE (UK) is a mobile app that connects all finances in one place: bank accounts, credit cards, investments, cryptocurrencies and even loyalty programs – making it easier to control your finances across different sources.

B-WOM (Spain) is a digital coach for women’s health that focuses on prevention.

BROKOLI (Spain) is an insurance portfolio manager that allows you to manage all your policies from your mobile phone.

BOXMOTIONS (Spain) offers physical storage in the cloud.

ZAPIENS (Spain) is the first intelligent knowledge management system.

VIISIGHTS (Israel) is a leading provider of intelligent video analytics software, leveraging deep learning and cognitive computing.

JELURIDA (The Netherlands) is the developer of the blockchain platforms NXT and ARDOR.

COGNIFIBER (Israel) is a world-wide leading company in scalable photonic computing, the emerging technology of the coming decades.

IOMED (Spain) obtains structured and analysable data from medical text in real time.

ECCOCAR (Spain) offers customised car sharing solutions for business.


On Tuesday 27 February, the ten semi-finalists will be divided and five will pitch on the Banco Sabadell stage in the morning from 11:00 -12:00 hrs and five in the afternoon from 16:00 – 17:00 hrs.

Afterwards, five finalists will be chosen from this talent pool to showcase their solutions to the tech-savvy crowd during the grand finale on Wednesday 28 February from 12:00 – 13:30 hrs on the Banco Sabadell stage.

So, take the time and go meet them in person at the designated  “4YFN Awards 2018 Finalists booth” located in the Discovery Area and see them demonstrate their product right in front of you, live! You will be truly amazed!

Apart from the huge coverage that the winner will receive both during and post event, they will also win:

  • a free booth to exhibit for 3 days during 4YFN at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019,
  • 12 month free access to the Spaces Business clubs around the globe,
  • an exclusive invitation to pitch at EBAN’s “Scaleup of the Month” webinar,
  • an invitation to enter the SendGrid Accelerator Programme and get access to the SendGrid mentors;
  • 14 days free stay at Startup Embassy located in Palo Alto (California, USA)!


More info on the prizes are listed here.

After the huge success of our 2017 Awards, winners Hu:toma, WeFarm and TheMotion have gone on to achieve spectacular things! Read our recent follow up interviews with each of them here: WeFarm, Hu:toma and TheMotion.


“We were discovered by media companies including top tier newspapers across Europe. We also regularly see people blogging about us. A lot of investors got in touch. In fact we were planning to fundraise next year but thanks to the response we got from the 4YFN event we will start in a couple of months. Being a winner of the 4YFN Awards has made it a lot easier to reach out to worldwide brands. All in all, it was a great experience and it has really helped us to launch our company to the next level.”

Maurizio Cibelli, CEO, Hu:toma


4YFN at Mobile World Congress will take place at Fira Montjuic, Barcelona from 26 – 28 February 2018. If you don’t have a ticket yet, you can buy one here. We hope to see you there!

Thanks to our evaluators from the following companies for selecting the best 10 startups to be finalists at the event:

Redstone VC
Kibo Ventures
Samaipata Ventures
Adara Ventures
Encomenda VC
Cathay Innovation