Main sponsors



ETNO has been the voice of Europe’s telecommunication network operators since 1992 and has become the principal policy group for European electronic communications network operators. Its 41 members and observers from Europe and beyond are the backbone of Europe’s digital progress. They are the main drivers of broadband and are committed to its continual growth in Europe. 

ETNO members are pan-European operators that also hold new entrant positions outside their national markets. ETNO brings together the main investors in innovative and high-quality e-communications platforms and services, representing 60% of total sector investment. 

ETNO closely contributes to shaping the best regulatory and commercial environment for its members to continue rolling out innovative and high quality services and platforms for the benefit of European consumers and businesses.



Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.



Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation and number of customers. With its best in class mobile, fixed and broadband networks, and innovative portfolio of digital solutions, Telefónica is transforming itself into a ‘Onlife Telco’, a company that will be even better placed to meet the needs of its customers and capture new revenue growth.

The company has a significant presence in 21 countries and a customer base of more than 316 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefónica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.551.024.586 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

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EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.

EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as in Budapest and Madrid.



The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Business is transforming quickly to keep pace with the fast-changing customer needs and competitive pressures. Technology is driving these changes as the digital world pushes further into every corner of modern life. There is no sign of a slowdown.

Digital technology is proving to be a major disruptor to business and it brings with it a huge opportunity to re-define business models, offering new digital business models that will change the established order in the market. In this New Style of Business, technology is the key enabler and driver of innovation and change.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has the expertise to help you move from the data center to the cloud, transform your infrastructure or manage your entire ecosystem. We are geared and ready to deal with the New Style of Business.



Microsoft BizSpark empowers start-ups by providing them with software development tools and cloud services free of charge. Through BizSpark, Microsoft also helps start-ups build connections with key industry players and investors, supporting entrepreneurs to kick-start and scale-up their business.

amazon web services

Amazon Web Services



Engineering is the leading Italian software and services group, with 8.000 employees and 40 branches in Italy, Europe, USA, South America. The Group carries out IT innovation, combining the potential of a full, integrated offer of Business Integration, Infrastructural Outsourcing and Cloud services (provided by 5 Data Centers), Consulting, customized proprietary solutions for vertical markets and technologically cross-market, such as geo-referencing and Open Source Business Intelligence solutions.

The Group invests about 33 million Euro/year in research, with about 250 researchers, more than 70 ongoing national and international research projects and 6 development laboratories.

Engineering is core partner of EIT Digital (Trento node of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology), co-founder of the Big Data Value cPPP, co-founder of the European initiative Future Internet PPP, partner of the Alliance for the Internet of Things (AIOTI PPP), board member of the European Organisation for Security EOS, and co-founder of the initiative NESSI (Networked European Software and Service Initiative).



Intel Corporation is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, and develops advanced integrated digital technology platforms for the computing and communications industries. More than 6,000 researchers and scientists are engaged in Intel’s research and development programmes, including over 1500 employees within Intel Labs Europe.

KIC Europe

KIC Europe

The Korea Startup Challenge (or K-Startup Challenge) 2016 is a double-faceted global acceleration programme conducted and sponsored by NIPA (the National IT Industry Promotion Agency of South Korea) and taking place in Korea’s new Silicon Valley, Pangyo Techno Valley – just a few kilometres south of Seoul. The driving idea behind this project is to endorse the inflow of promising foreign startups/scaleups interested in the Korean or the broader Asian market through a global startup acceleration programme from August to November 2016 and then through a 6-month settlement programme from November 2016 to May 2017. Amongst many other things, this programme offers startups/scaleups collaboration opportunities with large Korean conglomerates (e.g. Samsung, Hyundai, LG, SK, Naver, …), free office space in Korea’s new Silicon Valley, an interesting financial support and many networking activities.


Event Partners

Net Futures 2016 Organizer

European Commission

The Digital Agenda of the EU is managed by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology. But you can call us DG Connect.

Our name represents the range of topics where we are active, and our structure aligns the work of the DG with key EU policies for the coming decade: ensuring that digital technologies can help deliver the growth which the EU needs.

We work for the Project Team “Digital Single Market” lead by Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, and Member of the European Commission responsible for Digital Economy & Society, Günther Oettinger