Startup pitch contests at conferences around the world have become a useful window into new music/tech firms. The latest contest will take place at the Web Summit in Lisbon on 7 November.

In a session dubbed the ‘Music Innovation Prize 2019’, five startups will be pitching to a jury of “industry heavyweights, influential investors, and big-name artists”.

The startups include a couple that Music Ally has covered in the past. Peex has a wearable device that music fans can use to tweak the sound-mix while attending concerts, which is being tested on Elton John’s current tour, while Vochlea has developed software and hardware that uses AI to turn people’s vocalisations into music (e.g. beatboxing into drum tracks). The other startups are: Show4Me, a ‘music interaction network’ that incorporates social features, concert crowdfunding and music purchasing; 0W1 Audio, which makes portable, wireless speakers controlled by ‘hand sweeps’; and Sound Particles, which makes 3D audio software used for films, games and virtual reality.

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