On April 20-21, 2023, we will be welcoming you again to our annual EU-Startups Summit in Barcelona! This year, the event will be bigger and better than ever before and we’ll have lots of exciting speakers, panel discussions, networking activities, pitch competitions and much more. The EU-Startups Summit will gather 2,200 founders, startup enthusiasts and investors for two days of networking, inspiration and learning!

Today, we are very excited to share that Carey Smith, Founding Contrarian of Unorthodox Ventures, will join us on the workshop stage to talk about how embracing a “Fail Fast” approach might actually help you succeed.

Known for going against the grain and taking the unconventional path, Carey has decades of experience in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. A career entrepreneur, Carey founded Big Ass Fans in 1999 where he served as Chief Big Ass for 18 years. By taking a more unorthodox approach, he was able to grow the company to nearly $300 million in ARR – and was then able to sell it for $500 million. In doing so, Carey decided to embark on a new adventure – shaking up the VC world. Founded in 2017 and based in Austin, Texas, the firm backs innovative founders who demonstrate a balance of disruption and discipline and who have big dreams to realise.

Carey’s workshop slot is sure to be an interesting one. He’ll be able to give an alternative approach to growing a company, drawing on his own experience as a founder as well as his time building globally successful companies. It’ll give you plenty of inspiration and perhaps encourage you to rethink growth strategies. We can’t wait!

Don’t forget to secure your ticket as soon as possible, and add this very special event to your calendar in 2023! To learn more about the event, and the other wonderful speakers taking part, check out our dedicated event page, and enjoy the video below, which will give you some insights into what’s to come.

Our Event Sponsors

Silicon Castles is a Tech Company Builder and Strategic Business Accelerator for technology, intellectual property and licensing businesses, located in Salzburg, Austria. The focus is on European Diamonds: technology startups with a unique business idea, scalable technology and outstanding intellectual property. Silicon Castles also organizes the Startup Executive Academy (SEA), an international Go-to-Market program for founders and executives of early-stage startups, taking place annually since 2017.

EPAM is the foremost global digital transformation services provider – leading the industry in digital and physical product development and digital platform engineering services. Through its innovative strategy; integrated advisory, consulting, and design capabilities; and unique ‘Engineering DNA,’ EPAM’s globally deployed hybrid teams help make the future real for clients and communities around the world by powering better enterprise, education and health platforms that connect people, optimize experiences, and improve people’s lives.

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Source: https://www.eu-startups.com/2023/01/carey-smith-founding-contrarian-unorthodox-ventures-will-speak-at-this-years-eu-startups-summit/