July 22, 2008

Popkomm-IMEA: Jury for Innovation Prize Named

The jury for this year's Popkomm-IMEA comprises three outstanding entrepreneurs and investors. The finalists for the Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award, now taking place for the fifth time, will be selected by Michael Bornhausser, Julie Meyer and Charles Grimsdale. "We are very pleased that these three people have agreed to choose this year's finalists from the many submissions that have been received", commented Dr. Ralf Kleinheinz, Managing Director of Popkomm GmbH. "Together with our partner Music Ally, which is acting as hosts for the first time this year, a more distinguished or technically qualified line-up for the Popkomm-IMEA would be hard to find."

Michael Bornhausser, born in Karlsruhe in 1961, became one of the pioneers of private radio in Germany. With the firms that he founded and led, such as MMK AG, Pixelpark and, above all, the Basel-based software company Secure Digital Container AG (SDC), he has been a trailblazer in the development of software for multimedia communication and digital rights management (DRM), as well as in the encoding and protection of music and film against copying. Bornhausser teaches at the University of St. Gallen and is a member of the team that coordinates the Basel region's i-net think tank.

Julie Meyer, born in 1966 in the USA, is the head of Ariadne Capital, an investment and consulting company that operates around the world. She became known as the founder of First Tuesday, an innovative network for company start-ups and investors that had its origins in a London bar and was partially responsible for the dotcom boom. Meyer has been associated with such well-known names as CarPhone Warehouse, Morse and Skype. The Wall Street Journal lists her as one of the 30 most powerful women in Europe.

Charles Grimsdale, born 1962, has had over two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and manager in the software industry. Together with the musician Peter Gabriel, in 2000 he set up the company On Demand Distribution (OD2), which rapidly became established as one of the leading distributors of music on the internet. He is currently a partner in the British company Eden Ventures, based in Bath, which provides capital for promising software developers.

It will be up to these three people to decide on the recipient of the Popkomm-IMEA 2008. The previous winners of this highly sought-after business prize have been Trivid GmbH from Tubingen, which developed a clip generator (2007), the American company Royalty-Share for its royalty software (2006), kSolo.com, also from the USA, for the world's first internet-based karaoke application (2005), and the British online music distributor PlaylouderMSP (2004).

The six finalists will receive coaching from the three jurors who will each help their selected companies to prepare their presentations for the final at Popkomm. Following the presentations the attending delegates will then decide who should receive the coveted IMEA trophy. For the winner of the Popkomm-IMEA there will be a free stand together with free accreditation at Popkomm 2009, a cash prize and, of course, plenty of publicity. The Popkomm-IMEA is, after all, the most important prize for innovation that is awarded by the German music industry. For the other nominees the award show also provides an opportunity to present themselves to music and technology firms from all over the world, as well as to potential customers, business partners and venture capitalists. Media partners, Billboard, Musikmarkt and hosts Music Ally will provide media coverage of the awards show. Innovative companies have until August 15 to submit their ideas online at www.popkommawards.com.


As an international platform for the music and entertainment industry Popkomm attracts thousands of trade visitors from all over the world. What makes Popkomm so unique is the integrated concept of this event. Popkomm is the only industry meeting place in the world that combines a trade show with a convention and a festival. Consequently Popkomm is a major attraction not only for its core business of music but also because it brings the representatives of other sectors such as concerts, the movies, mobile entertainment and advertising to the exhibition halls in Berlin. The fifth Popkomm is taking place in Berlin in 2008, from 8 to 10 October. It is organized by Popkomm GmbH, Berlin. Turkey is the partner country at this year's Popkomm.

Music Ally

Music Ally is the world's leading digital music research and strategy agency. The company advises clients including Universal Music, Orange, Tesco and BBC on all aspects of digital related activities from consumer behaviour to competitor analysis to retail strategy. Our information service is read by thousands of senior executives worldwide including three corporate wide major label deals. Music Ally also provides data services, training services, runs a number of regular workshops and seminars and recently launched the world's first regular digital music blog in Spanish at aliadodigital.com.


Media partners of Popkomm IMEA: Billboard (USA), Musikmarkt (GER)

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