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Digital Innovation Supporters Join MidemNet Lab 2011
Oct 08, 2010 (05:10 PM EDT)


Deadline for submission in MidemNet Lab: 31 October 2010

PARIS, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MIDEM today unveils the judges panels for the MidemNet Lab 2011 who will choose the most innovative companies in the mobile applications, industry services and consumer services categories. The 3 winners will be elected amongst 30 finalists, selected through a call for entry opened for submissions until 31 October 2010.

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"The judges are all at the top-front of digital innovation and are best-placed to evaluate the most innovative business models," notes Dominique Leguern, Director of MIDEM. "This is an international jury of the highest quality, comprising successful and creative entrepreneurs in the digital entertainment field, top leading investment firms in media and technology, and influential media in the digital sphere."

The judges collectively represent an international network of supporters for digital entrepreneurship. Thus, the 30 finalists, selected by the UK consulting and research specialist Music Ally will earn the opportunity to pitch their projects at MIDEM in front of these digital thought-leaders on 23, 24 and 25 January in Cannes, each day being dedicated to one MidemNet Lab category. The judges will provide substantial and valuable feedback to each finalist's project. Following the pitch sessions, a winner will be chosen by each of the three judging panels.

Composition of the jury in each of the three categories:

Mobile Applications – Pitch session Sunday 23 January

Rudy De Waele, Founder, Mobile 2.0 and Mobile Monday Barcelona/Madrid (Spain)

Daniel Klaus, Managing Partner, AppFund (USA)

Francois Mazoudier, Partner, LD&A (UK)

Tim O'Brien, Vice President of Business Development, Tapulous/Disney Mobile (USA)

Industry Services (B2B) – Pitch session Monday 24 January

Stephane Distinguin, Founder & CEO, faberNovel & Chairman, af83 (France)

Rob Moffat, Associate, Balderton Capital (UK)

Par-Jorgen Parson, General Partner, Northzone Ventures (Sweden)

Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin (USA)

Roxanne Varza, Editor, TechCrunch France & Co-Founder, Girls in Tech Paris (France)

Consumer Services (B2C) – Pitch session Tuesday 25 January

Paul Brindley, CEO, Music Ally (UK)

Mattias Ljungman, Partner, Atomico (Sweden/UK)

Justin Pears, Editor, New Media Age (UK)

Steve Purdham, CEO & Founder Investor, We7 (UK)

Nicole Yershon, Director, Innovative Solutions, Ogilvy Group (UK)

Cap Digital, Mobile Entertainment, Music 4.5 and Wireless Industry Partnership (WIP) are partnering with MidemNet Lab.

Judges photos are available for download on Reed MIDEM Photobank, MIDEM section:  http://www.reedmidemphotos.com

For more information and to register with MidemNet Lab 2011:  http://www.midem.com/en/homepage/conferences-matchmaking/midemnet-lab/

Click here for videos of all the pitches to MidemNet Lab 2010:  http://midem.com/en/industry-insight/video/

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