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Paperchain wins BIGTECH 2019, plus the best of the rest

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Paperchain wins BIGTECH 2019, plus the best of the rest

Innovative on-demand streaming revenue provider Paperchain has taken out the BIGTECH prize at BIGSOUND 2019.

Paperchain impressed both the judges and attendees at the BIGTECH pitch talks, which took place at BIGSOUND’s new Cloudland headquarters on Wednesday, September 4.

Nine tech startups presented their ideas to a crowd in Shark Tank-style, with Paperchain taking home the $5,000 cash prize thanks to BIGSOUND and Warner Music.

The nine finalists attended mentorship sessions at a bootcamp prior to the event where they honed their pitches.

“The BIGTECH program creates an exciting platform for music entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas. We were truly blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of all the entries” said Simon Cahill VP, Commercial Partnerships and Audience Development.

“Warner Music proudly supports innovation and is always looking to invest in the next generation of entrepreneurs to excite musicians and consumers alike.”

Paperchain prices the daily analytics data of the world’s leading digital music platforms, allowing music companies to access daily streaming revenue reporting and advance revenue on-demand.

QMusic CEO Angela Sammut congratulated the winner, adding: “BIGTECH is a growing and important part of the BIGSOUND experience showcasing the best in new music technology.

“Music is all about innovation and we envision that BIGSOUND will continue to create greater connections, ideas and solutions.”

All nine ideas were hugely impressive; and below, TMN breaks down the best of the rest:


Perhaps unlucky not to take out the main prize, the Muso team put together a fantastic presentation on their end-to-end artist booking app which connects venue managers and artists. Definitely a huge potential timesaver and anything that creates more gigs is a big boost to the industry.


If you’ve taught music lessons, you’ll know that the amount of time and effort it can often take just to get one student organised is a huge undertaking, and even moreso if they don’t show up. SAMii is simplifying the process by connecting teachers to parents and students, and safeguarding teachers against cancellations.


Attending gigs using virtual reality software has already taken off in Japan, and GiG VR are at the forefront of bringing live experiences to people who can’t physically get there. The team films live gigs in 360° VR for artists, brands and festivals, with huge potential for global expansion.


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