Serial Venture-Backed Entrepreneurs Launch Groundbreaking
New European Retail & Ecommerce Event—Shoptalk Europe
Anil Aggarwal and Jonathan Weiner, serial tech entrepreneurs with numerous successful exits behind them, are shaking up the European retail and ecommerce marketplace with the launch of a new industry event, Shoptalk Europe. The event will take place between 9th – 11th October 2017 in Copenhagen.
Similar to its U.S. counterpart, which launched in the U.S. in 2016 with more than 3,100 attendees, including almost 400 CEOs, Shoptalk Europe focuses on the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy.
Shoptalk brings together leaders from established retailers and brands, disruptive startups, leading tech and internet companies, prolific venture capital investors and other key stakeholders. Encompassing the trends and technologies disrupting retail and ecommerce throughout Europe, Shoptalk Europe will incorporate important global perspectives.
“The overwhelmingly positive industry-wide reception we continue to receive for Shoptalk demonstrates the demand for an event that brings together the entire commerce ecosystem and resets the conversation to focus on the rapid evolution of today’s consumers,” said Aggarwal, Shoptalk’s Founder and Chairman.
More than 2,000 attendees, including over 250 speakers and 200 CEOs, are expected at Shoptalk Europe’s inaugural three-day event, which will provide an unprecedented platform for the attendees to learn, network, collaborate and evolve. Shoptalk is expected to attract a senior audience with more than 30% C-level executives.
Attendees will range from local and global leaders and startups to high growth companies looking to enter and scale in the European marketplace. Some of the themes that will be covered at Shoptalk Europe include:
- Retail Experiences of the Future
- Physical Retail Goes Digital
- Delivery & Pickup Innovation
- Investment & Entrepreneurship
- Disruptive Startups & Pioneering Brands
- Cross-Border Commerce
- Marketing Evolution
- Measurement, Analytics & Insights
- Culture & Leadership
- Consumer Behaviour, Expectations & Demographics
- Regulations & Privacy
“We are excited to launch Shoptalk Europe in Copenhagen, which is currently one of Europe’s hottest destinations,” said Aggarwal. “Copenhagen and the Bella Center offer the perfect location for Shoptalk Europe, and provide a convenient environment for learning and collaboration. Copenhagen is an easily accessible city and the Bella Center is located less than 10 minutes from the airport.”
“We are very pleased that Shoptalk Europe will be held in Copenhagen, a highly desirable European destination with tradition, history and culture but that is also a catalyst for innovation,” said Copenhagen Lord Mayor Mr. Frank Jensen. “We look forward to contributing to the ongoing growth and development of the retail and ecommerce ecosystem.”
Katy Fryatt, who previously launched Money20/20 Europe, which became the region’s largest FinTech and payments event in just its first year, has been appointed to oversee the rollout of Shoptalk Europe over the coming several months.
Aggarwal and Weiner sold their latest tech startup to Google in 2012 and also founded Money20/20, the world’s largest consumer payments event, which was acquired by Ascential plc in 2014. They are also venture partners in a $500 million growth equity fund called Oak HC/FT.