Canalys is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive company and to improving D&I at its events together with our sponsors and participants.

what is the rising stars program?

We recognize the Canalys Channels Forum, like the tech industry, has a gender gap and diversity deficit. Attendance at CCF for distributors and resellers is based on seniority of job role and is invite-only. The audience, therefore, mirrors the diversity deficit in our industry.

Our new ‘Rising Stars’ Program aims to encourage the most talented, up and coming, people from resellers and distributors to attend the whole event, including a special drinks reception, by offering fully-funded* event places.

By offering fully-funded* event places we aim to lower barriers to entry and encourage a broad range of next-gen, high-potential people in the channel. We are particularly keen to motivate more women to participate in the event in 2019, while also recognizing that diversity is not always based on physical/visible attributes.

*Nominal fee of EUR100


Winners of "Rising Stars" places will be the highest-potential people identified by their nominators in sales positions, business development, account management, marketing, communications and business intelligence. They must have strong potential and have demonstrated superior performance.

Distributors and resellers can nominate from their own company or others. There are no restrictions.

A diverse, global governance panel from Canalys will oversee the nomination process, reviewing submissions on a case-by-case basis. Canalys may further interview candidates or nominees if further information is required to substantiate the nomination.



Highlights of winning a place include:

Learn from industry leaders
Share inspiring ideas
Meet your "Rising Stars" channel peers
Broaden your networks in the channel to help your future career
Enjoy a spectacular location


Please provide details of relevant contact within the nominated partner