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NewCo celebrates global innovation
in 20 cities around the world.

Partner with us to bring NewCo to your city or apply to be a host company. Get your tickets to fill your passport with NewCo stamps from around the world.

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What is NewCo?

NewCo was designed to celebrate the spirit of innovation around the world. NewCo is a new kind of event experience: a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival. Attendees pick the companies and organizations they want to visit, and get to hear from the company’s leadership in their native environment. Read more about what makes a company a NewCo.

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Past Festivals

Our affiliates share these three traits.

Alignment of Values

Affiliate partners are aligned on our ethos and editorial point of view. Read more in John Battelle’s piece ‘What Makes a Company a NewCo.’

Built-in Local Network

A strong sense of the market along with a current local network of host companies, advisors, and co-marketing influencers.

A Local Team

We supply the tools and guidance to ensure a successful festival. Our affiliate partner gathers a local team and activates their strong network.

Meet the people who bring NewCo to the world.

Ruqian Fan

Ruqian Fan


NewCo’s affiliate partner in China is Shanhai Institute, a subsidiary of Hongtai Aplus. As a platform of resource integration and ecosystem construction, Shanhai Institute is dedicated to becoming a cross-border resource integrator, a venture capital ecology builder and a smart wealth leader. Hongtai Aplus was founded in 2014 by renowned entrepreneur Mr. Yu Minhong and veteran banker Mr. Sheng Xitai. Thanks to its outstanding ability in research, focused investment layout and experienced team, Hongtai Aplus has achieved rapid development and emerged as a top tier investment platform highly acknowledged in the business. Since founded, Hongtai Shanhai Institute developed variety of business model based on its professional strengths, and build an innovation and investment ecosystem from multi-dimensions and levels, including Shanhai community, resource exchange, financial advisory, consulting and so on.

Tom Hopcroft

Tom Hopcroft


NewCo's Affiliate Partner in Boston, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), the region’s largest technology trade association. MassTLC, a 501(c)(6) non-profit, is dedicated to accelerating innovation and growth across the regional ecosystem. Tom is the President and CEO of MassTLC and an active leader in the community, serving on public and private boards ranging from the state’s Board of Higher Education to MassRobotics, a newly formed innovation center focused on the growth of smart, connected machines.

David Morris

David Morris


NewCo's affiliate partner in London is London Business School, spearheaded by David Morris. David is the Head of Technology & Media Careers leading business development and relationship management within the Technology, Media, Telecoms, Venture Capital & Start-up sectors.

Prior to joining London Business School in January 2005, David gained experience of the start-up world at where he worked on business development and client relationships before starting his own executive search company focusing on early stage technology companies.

David has an MSc from University of Liverpool and is a member of the Tech London Advocates (TLA), a private sector led coalition of expert individuals from the tech sector and broader community, who have committed to championing London's potential as a world-class hub for tech and digital businesses -

Sponsor the movement.

Through custom activations, NewCo takes you inside (literally) the world’s most innovative companies and helps you build a vetted pipeline for future deals and partnerships. Festival sponsorship opportunities put you in touch with changemakers worldwide.

NewCo Celebrates Global Innovation in 20 Cities around the World

Since 2012, NewCo festivals have welcomed over 40,000 attendees into the offices of 2,000 innovative organizations. Attending a NewCo festival is a remarkable experience! It’s like a passport into the true culture of businesses changing the face of cities as diverse as Istanbul, Mexico City, New York, Austin, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Shanghai. Our "inside out" model is simple: Pick your city. Get your ticket. Choose which companies you want to explore.

  • NewCo Spotlight: Off The Grid

    Off the Grid Builds Communities Around Public Spaces

    When underutilized, public spaces can become eyesores, but mostly they represent wasted opportunity. By identifying and understanding the value of underutilized spaces, Off the Grid has grown 13,000% since Matt Cohen, its CEO, founded the company in 2010. People in the Bay Area mostly associate the company with food trucks, parked at places like Fort Mason and the Oakland Museum of California. Cohen, however, sees it as a logistics company.

    • Matt Mahan, CEO and co-founder of Brigade

      NewCo Spotlight: Brigade

      Matt Mahan, CEO and co-founder of Brigade, discusses the company’s mission with NewCo. We also get a peek at the app, a “citizen empowerment platform” that provides tools to help people “participate in voting, advocacy, and awareness-raising to have an impact on political outcomes that affect their lives.”

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There are plenty of ways to get involved with NewCo around the world. Select your city to find out more about being a NewCo volunteer.

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