Popkomm 2008: New Business Award Finalists Announced for Popkomm-IMEA -- Judges Select 'Six of the Best' for the Popkomm-IMEA Business Prize

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The Popkomm-IMEA (Innovation in Music and Entertainment Award) is the most important prize for innovation awarded by the German music industry. And the six finalists have now been chosen an expert panel of entrepreneurs and investors. The awards ceremony will take place on 8 October at Popkomm. All six candidates who have made it through to this shortlist have already won something: coaching by one of the judges. The three panel members are:

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Julie Meyer, founder of First-Tuesday.

Michael Bornhäusser, a pioneer in commercial radio and software entrepreneur.

Charles Grimsdale, founder of OD2 and technology investor

More details about each of the six finalists:

BMAT (Spain) has developed technology which rates singers. The technology offers a graphic presentation of various rated features such as pitch contours, note segmentation and vibrato, thereby assisting the user to improve their vocal technique.

Independent IP (Netherlands) has developed the FUGA business-to-business platform to distribute digital content including audio tracks, videos and cover art etc.

Kyte (USA) is a mobile and online platform which enables everyone, from consumers to the media to entertainment groups, to produce and distribute digital content, live or on-demand, via the internet, social networks or cell phones.

Rawrip (USA) is a website where users discover new music via The Rippler search engine, and which guarantees artists and record labels 100% of all revenues from the music sales.

roccatune (Germany) is a free full on-demand music portal offering over a million tracks from such well-known performers as Robbie Williams, R.E.M., Mariah Carey and the Rolling Stones.

The Filter (UK) is the brainchild of Grammy winner Peter Gabriel – a search engine that can filter entertainment and information from around the world to create recommendations for users.

Each of the six finalists will receive coaching from the panel of experts to enable the candidates to be well prepared for the presentations at the finalists' screening sessions on 8 October at the Popkomm conference centre, room 1 / Hong Kong. It will then be up to the audience to choose the winner, who will receive a free stand together with accreditation at Popkomm 2009, a cash prize of EUR 3,000 and, of course, plenty of publicity, as well as media and public exposure.


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 conference 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 organised by Popkomm GmbH, Berlin. This year the partner country at Popkomm is Turkey.

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Media partners of the Popkomm IMEA 2008: Billboard (USA), Musikmarkt (GER)

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