OUR Start-up Academy is back

The Start-Up Academy, sponsored by R/GA, is an intensive week-long workshop aimed to help aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs communicate their brand message in a meaningful and relevant way. The start-ups that are selected to be part of it will:

  • Sharpen their brand identity
  • Focus their business plans
  • Market their product and services effectively to global marketers
  • Learn from the world’s best communicators

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"The Academy provides industry leaders with access to emerging technologies, business models, and market opportunities, and helps start-ups accelerate their development and growth."

Stephen Plumlee
Global Chief Operating Officer of R/GA and Managing Partner of R/GA Ventures

NEW FOR 2018

This year, the Academy will promote female founders across the global start-up ecosystem: identifying technology-enabled companies with the potential to impact the marketing, media, and communications and advertising industries, and exposing global brands to an expanded pool of innovative solutions.

The program highlights the ongoing commitment from R/GA and Cannes Lions to champion diversity and inclusion in meaningful ways.
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The 2018 Cannes Lions Start-up Academy welcomes start-ups from the areas of: 

Advertising, Marketing, Communications, and New Media Solutions
Mobile and Social Marketing Platforms
Content Creation Tools and Management Systems
CRM/Loyalty Services
Brand and Consumer Experiences
Connected Retail and Future of Commerce Technologies
Customer Database and Engagement Platforms
Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Technologies
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technologies
Esports/Fan Engagement


Start-ups that are female founded, have significant female ownership, or have a female CEO or CTO are encouraged to apply. Applications are open until 23 April, 2018. The program specifically seeks applications from global tech-enabled start-ups that can offer truly innovative products and services to global brands and advertisers, and who are prepared to take full advantage of the unique access this programme can provide.

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