5 startups. Cutting-edge innovations for the music industry. A panel of expert judges – industry heavyweights, influential investors, and big name artists. 1 prize. Will Show4me become the music innovation of the year set to change the industry and help new and established musicians and their team optimize their business?

Will the 2019 Web Summit discover music industry’s next big thing?

Let’s take a closer look at all of the nominees (alphabetical order):

  • Peex (a gadget to use at live events for enhanced sound)
  • Show4me (SaaS solution for musicians to organize and run their music business, sell music, crowdfund concerts and albums, and facilitate genuine fan interaction)
  • Sound Particles (3D audio software to generate sounds and sound effects)
  • Vochlea (voice-to-MIDI converter)
  • 0W1 audio (smart speaker)


Peex is a wearable device to enhance live event experience.

The tech allows concertgoers to listen to the music playing live at the event via a special device that delivers clear performance sound directly to the listener’s ears.

With a special app that users can download and install on their phones, users can control sound volume in their piece, e.g. regulate channels for vocals, guitar, keys, bass, or drums.

Peex wearable is compatible with noise-cancelling headphones. When worn on its own, the device lets in the cheering and music from the venue, so the listeners gets the sounds both from the transmitter and the space around them.

Show4me Music Interaction Network

Show4me is an all-in-one music-oriented ecosystem for musicians, music lovers and industry professionals.

Show4me offers a mix of tools that allow setting up an uninterrupted music business cycle and consolidating all music activities in a single space: concert crowdfunding for launching gigs and shows, ticket selling, music album pre-sale campaigns, music sales, fan subscription and direct-to-fan interaction.

Through regular interaction with fans, artists can start a dialogue in order to gauge the demand for their music and shows prior to organizing a show or recording an album.

Sound Particles

Sound Particles is 3D audio software for sound design.

The software allows sound designers to generate complex sounds for video games, cinematic and animated works.


  • CGI integration
  • real-time rendering
  • binaural monitoring
  • VR client app
  • Windows support


Vochlea startup is offering a real-time vocal recognition MIDI controller Dubler Studio Kit.

The kit helps create music with your voice in real time. Let’s say you want to hum a melody or a synth pattern. You just use the mic and the software converts voice into a tune.

Some of the features – beatboxing triggers a virtual drumkit, “hmmm”, “laaaa”, “oohhh” sounds manipulate effects and filters.
Dubler Studio Kit consists of Dubler software and a microphone.

0W1 audio

0W1 audio is a portable smart speaker D5 by 0W1 audio.

The speaker is designed to provide a better listening experience. It is controlled with a hand sweep and recognizes mood.
0W1 audio speaker has access to online streaming services and web radios bypassing a smartphone.


Now, let’s meet the speakers to present their startups at the competition: from Peex – Patrick Vosgimorukian, CEO; from Show4me – Karén Chiftalaryan, Founder and CEO; from Sound Particles – Nuno Fonseca, Founder and CEO; from Vochlea – George Wright, CEO; from 0W1 audio – Phil Briot, Co-founder.

Show4me CEO Karén Chiftalaryan comments:

We are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Web Summit.

He adds that he’s looking forward to presenting Show4me innovative developments that will help musicians to obtain new and advanced opportunities for boosting their music careers. He concludes:

I’m glad that this year’s Web Summit decided to host this competition as the music industry really needs fresh blood and significant improvements.


The Music Innovation Prize will be awarded at the 2019 Web Summit for the first time. The competition will start at 12:35PM at the MusicNotes stage of the Web Summit at the Altice Arena. What is MusicNotes?

MusicNotes brings together artists, labels, marketers, global brands, investors, and industry icons to discuss how the ways tech is contributing to the evolution and improvement of the music industry. The Web Summit section insists that despite forecasts that the Internet would kill the music business, tech has actually brought about a lot of positive change.

MusicNotes strives to discuss, discover and bring to light tech innovations that can help the music industry thrive and musicians – prosper while doing what they love.

Show4me at 2019 WebSummit

Show4me was invited to this year’s Web Summit to participate in a string of events. Besides the Music Innovation competition, Show4me will also join The Gathering – pre-event meetup with investors and journalists – and Growth Summit.

Show4me CEO and Founder Karén Chiftalaryan will speak at the Web Summit’s Growth Stage on November 6, 2019. He will share insights on making a startup attractive for investors, having locked $13.4M in investments for Show4me.

Show4me experienced hypergrowth over the last year, launching their upgraded self-sufficient network in April of 2019. Over 7,000 musicians and music industry experts are already using the service. With its innovative set of tools, Show4me addresses a slew of budding and up-and-coming professional musicians’ pains.

Growth Summit is the place where the world’s fastest growing companies share their experience and insights into developing their businesses. This is how the conference section is presented on their official website:

These are the companies of tomorrow, the ones that will define technology in the near future.

More about Show4me

Show4me Music Interaction Network was designed to solve a series of challenges that musicians and their teams face when running their music-based business:

  • challenges of ‘getting discovered’,
  • struggle to find financial backing to get started,
  • going beyond the Internet-famous stage and converting likes into real monetary rewards without giving away a large portion of the fans’ contributions,
  • the challenge of juggling multiple online platforms to keep the fans engaged,
  • inability to put on more shows without risking own money or involving third parties to sponsor them.

Show4me is designed to meet the needs of musicians and music professionals at all levels, from setting up the first gig to scaling the established artists’ careers. The network aims to transform the way all music industry players coexist and cooperate with each other, and give artists more freedom to create music on their own terms.

This sets an online stage for a dialogue between artists and fans, and enables both to give and get unique music experiences as well as post updates, music, exchange photos and videos from live events, sell albums, EPs and merch, come up with exclusive rewards for dedicated fans, as well as crowdfund future album releases.

Show4me key features:

  • an Artist club with free and premium subscription options for fans (just $1/year for premium unlimited access to all artist news, updates and music)
  • album and concert crowdfunding toolsets
  • music monetization tools
  • direct-to-fan interaction and community building

Catch Show4me at the 2019 Web Summit

Nov. 6, 2019 10:45 AM. Growth Summit

Is Your Startup Really Fundable? The Hexagon Theory Of Fundraising

Speaker: Show4me Founder and CEO Karen Chiftalaryan

Nov. 7, 2019  12:30 PM. MusicNotes

Show4me Competing For Music Innovation Prize

Show4me will compete for the MusicNotes’ first ever Music Innovation Prize with 4 other cutting-edge music industry startups.

Speaker: Show4me Founder and CEO Karen Chiftalaryan