Unicorn, dinosaur, or butterfly: 4 years from now, what will these MWC2019 startups be?

4YFN is an initiative projecting where the mobile startup ecosystem will be four years from now – and which entrepreneurs are already in the game today. Here they are at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

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Four Years From Now (4YFN) is an event within an event: a showcase of emerging technologies that will be making a difference in the next four years. Hosted at Fira Barcelona during the annual Mobile World Congress, the event draws startups, investors, corporate accelerators, and government agencies for networking, knowledge-sharing, pitches, jobs and matchmaking.

This year, over 750 exhibitors pitched to 22,000 visitors. There were seven stages for workshops, panel discussions and hackathons, covering emerging technologies, business models, social innovation, and investor outlook. The event has come a long way from its launch in 2014, when it attracted around 2,000 attendees.

In Part IV of our photo essay on MWC 2019, we showcase some of the entrepreneurs at 4YFN, with founder insights and policymaker inputs coming next. See also Part I, Part II and Part III of our MWC 2019 coverage.

In this pictorial essay, we feature the teams from FrizBit, TapTap Tales, GoCase, J-Jobs, WeChillOut, Know Your Food, WeFish, Dattium, Shine, Ugo, Switch, Factorial, StoryTel, Resol, Spiral, Smarf, B-Energy, Kiversal, BoxMotions, and Sinch.


Their offerings span omni-channel marketing, education for kids, fashion, jobs skilling, food product intelligence, industrial data analytics, specialised phones, HR software, storytelling tools, dispute resolution platforms, robotic appliances, drones, medical devices, CRM tools, and even repair services for musical instruments.

Now, what have you done today to get started with your idea but make sure that it has a chance of success four years from now, and beyond?

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