Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin.
Jurors for this year's award include Dave Goldberg, former vice-president and managing director of Yahoo!Music and now at venture capital company Benchmark Capital; Manuel Tessloff, business manager at EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe and "music futurist" Gerd Leonhard, author of "The Future Of Music".
They will be joined by Patrick Bradley, director of the venture capital company Ingenious Ventures (U.K.), and Michael Bornhäusser, CEO of mobile DRM technology SDC Secure Digital Container AG.
"We are offering young, creative enterprises an outstanding platform for presenting their business ideas, as well as direct contact with the market and huge media attention," the annual music trade fair's GM Ralf Kleinhenz said in a statement. "What we are looking for are genuine innovations."
The IMEA event will be presented by Paul Brindley, ex-bass player of the Sundays and now managing director and co-founder of digital music research and strategy company Music Ally.
Among the prizes on offer are a stand at Popkomm 2008. Creative enterprises still have until July 31 to submit their business ideas to www.popkommawards.com.