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Radix Excited About Attention New Companies Built on Their TLDs  Received at Web Summit 2017

The massive 2017 Web Summit conference concluded earlier this month with some 60,000 attendees from 170 countries converging in Lisbon, Portugal for the event. Radix Registry was one of the several domain industry companies that participated in Web Summit and they were kind enough to share some photos and details from their experience at the big show. 

Radix, who operates one the largest portfolios of new gTLD domain registries, told us their Startup League program supported over 50 startups on its domain extensions at Web Summit. As I have written about before, in an initiative designed to encourage new companies to adopt Radix TLDs, Startup League offers select ones a comprehensive go-to-market package that includes up to 100% sponsorship discount on exhibit booth fees, branded merchandise, media coverage and exposure to investors and industry influencers.   

Over 500 startups from around the world had

applied to exhibit at Web Summit with the support of the Startup League. Of those, over 50 startups were chosen and one of them, WATR.TECH from the United Kingdom, was ranked among the top 3 finalists at the event’s coveted PITCH competition that had over 1,000 applicants.

Tanisha Gupta (center) welcoming visitors to the Startup League booth at Web Summit.

Radix reported this was the first time an event as big as Web Summit had over 50 startups on 

Suman Das
Startup League Brand Manager

new gTLDs coming together for an exhibit to such a massive audience - one that included over 2,000 startups, more than 1,000 investors and over 1,200 speakers including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the former President of France, Francois Hollande, who is now Chairman of Generation Investment Management, and Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition who recently slapped a bill of $2.7B on Google on antitrust issues. 

As you would expect, Radix was especially excited about being able to give their new gTLDs such large scale visibility. Startup League Brand Manager Suman Das said, “Startups at Web Summit showed great interest in Radix’s 9 domain extensions, with some of them having switched over from a legacy TLD or a ccTLD to a .TECH or .ONLINE. This helped them amplify their virtual brand with a more impactful and meaningful domain name.” 

Some of the startups founded on new gTLDs that Radix cited for gaining significant traction at Web Summit are noted in the table below:






Clean tech









Big Data




Mug Studio


Clean tech

Marketing Madheads





Gaming studio







Silvia and Francisco from Pavext.tech at The Startup League's Web Summit booth.

Brad Pfeffer, CEO, of another exhibiting startup, animall.online, said “Events like Web Summit are crucial for startup-success. However, the logistics involved in making it happen are overwhelming. With Startup League’s backing, the entire process was managed smoothly. They provided us with sponsorship funds, marketing collateral and ensured that our presence at the event was an enormous success. Startup League’s guidance at every stage was priceless.”  

Suman Das added, “We are excited to amplify the program further in 2018; not just by onboarding more startups on new TLDs but also by enhancing the experience of our existing startups through additional benefits. Moreover, we will be creating a robust platform for them to interact with each other as well as with our partners and mentors.” 

The team from MarketingMadheads.online used their unique fashion sense to draw attention at Web Summit 2017!

(Posted November 20, 2017)  

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