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Start-up Programme

The natural home for start-ups

What is it?

Lions Innovation is the natural home for start-ups at Cannes Lions. The conversation focuses around the application of technology to improve how we work and how we communicate. Our Start-up programme will help you discover new partners, new revenue streams and new ideas.
  • Young Creative Academy dates When? 19-20 June. Includes a full two-day pass to Lions Innovation
  • Young Creative Academy cost How much? €795 + TVA

The Discovery Zone

The Start-up Programme includes access to the dedicated zone for start-ups – The Discovery Zone. This bespoke spot at the heart of Lions Innovation is dedicated for you to network, get advice, learn from each other, and, most importantly, forge new relationships with the 15,000 brand owners, media owners and agency experts, each one of whom could be your next revenue. 

Confirmed companies

Innovative companies from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Monaco, Turkey, UAE, UK and the US have already signed up to be part of the programme.

Click here to see the line-up of mind-blowing start-ups appearing in the Discovery Zone

Who should apply?

Start-ups incorporated within the last three years and with a working prototype of tech that enhances/enables branded communications.
Lions Innovation Discovery Zone

What will you get?

In addition to the benefits of a full Lions Innovation pass, the Start-up package includes
  • Access to the start-up area and activation space within Lions Innovation 
  • Access to meeting rooms (available for start-ups to book)
  • Curated networking with brands and agencies
  • Mentoring (Start-up clinic) 
  • Structured networking (one-to-one meetings facilitated by Cannes Lions introductions)
  • Tick General networking opportunities (meet-ups and other activities) First release early April
  • Tick Feature in the digital Start-up Hub (first released the 1st week of April)
  • Tick Showcased and shared via Cannes Lion social channels 
  • Tick Access to the Cannes Lions Beach
  • Tick Access to the Cannes Lions Opening Gala on Monday Featuring the Innovation Lion and Creative Data Lion winners
"We had unprecedented access to some of the world's leading creative experts, media buyers, unicorn CEOs and more. If you're anything from an early stage start-up to a rapidly scaling company - you will get value out of this event."
Chris Ostoich, Co-Founder, Partnerships Leader, LISNR
We are looking for a diverse mix of products, stages and geographies - fill in the form below if you think this is you! Companies will be notified once the panel have made a decision. Last few places remaining. Apply here: