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4YFN

25-27 February, 2019 | Barcelona

Trade Show

4YFN

25-27 February, 2019

Barcelona

4YFN (4 Years from Now) is the startup event of the largest gathering for the mobile industry – Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. Startups, investors, corporations and public institutions discover, create and launch new ventures together – expecting over 19000 attendees, 650 startups and 700 investors over 3 days!

CES

8-12 January, 2019 | Las Vegas

Trade Show

CES

8-12 January, 2019

Las Vegas

CES is the world’s largest expo for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

RISE

8-11 July, 2019 | Hong Kong

Conference

RISE

8-11 July, 2019

Hong Kong

RISE is produced by the team behind Web Summit. In July 2018, people from the world’s biggest companies and most exciting startups will come to Hong Kong to share their stories and experiences. They’ll be joined by major global media, hundreds of investors and thousands of attendees for three days of legendary networking.

SLUSH

TBA, 2019 | Helsinki

Conference

SLUSH

TBA, 2019

Helsinki

Slush is built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs. Slush offers a unique opportunity to reach the global audience and engage with the tech community. The event is designed for growing companies at all stages and from all industries. Last year, 2,336 startups gathered at Slush to take their companies to the next level.

TechCrunch Disrupt

2-4 October, 2019 | San Francisco

Conference

TechCrunch Disrupt

2-4 October, 2019

San Francisco

TechCrunch Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties. This year, the dynamic event will be held in San Francisco from October 2nd to 4th.

Web Summit

4-7 November, 2019 | Lisbon

Conference

Web Summit

4-7 November, 2019

Lisbon

“The giants of the web assemble” – WALL STREET JOURNAL. No technology conference has ever grown so large so fast. Web Summit is an unrivaled global meeting place for the world’s most disruptive technology companies and those interested in how that disruption can transform their businesses and their lives.

Wolves Summit

19-20 March | Warsaw

Conference

Wolves Summit

19-20 March

Warsaw

Wolves Summit is not only a conference for startups, but also for investors, entrepreneurs, corporate representatives and SMBs. They started in Gdynia and now are meeting at the 8th edition in Warsaw, for two days of conferencing.

RE.WORK

24-25 January | San Francisco

Networking

RE.WORK

24-25 January

San Francisco

RE.WORK creates and organises globally renowned summits, workshops and dinners, bringing together the brightest minds in AI from both industry and academia. At each RE•WORK event, they combine the latest technological innovation with real-world applications and practical case studies.

Mobile World Congress

26 February- 1 March | Barcelona

Conference

Mobile World Congress

26 February- 1 March

Barcelona

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona. Industry leaders will gather, network and exchange ideas culminating in an event which will see over 2300+ exhibitors from over 208 countries.

ShopTalk

3-6 March | Las Vegas

Conference

ShopTalk

3-6 March

Las Vegas

Established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, media, analysts and others come together at Shoptalk to learn and collaborate. Shoptalk 2019 will have more than 7,500 attendees, and will witness the U.S. and European events come together into one expansive event in Las Vegas to create the industry’s first global dialogue and community.

Saastr

5-7 February | San Francisco, California

Conference

Saastr

5-7 February

San Francisco, California

The Saastr annual is the largest non-vendor confab in the world, uniting the global B2B SaaS community both online and off. In 2019, over 10,000 Founders, Senior Executives, and VCs will come together over three days of high-quality networking, learning from those who’ve done it, and of course, great food, generously-poured drinks, and plenty of fun.

SXSW

8-19 March | Austin

Conference

SXSW

8-19 March

Austin

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. Join the SXSW from March 8-19 in Austin, Texas and be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world.

AI Masters

24-25 January | Berlin

Conference

AI Masters

24-25 January

Berlin

As in the first AI Masters, over 20 AI experts will share their knowledge with you through lectures and discussions, including bestselling author and scientist Ranga Yogeshwar, who recently published a book on AI.

Startup Day

23-25 January | Tartuu

Conference

Startup Day

23-25 January

Tartuu

In January 2019, sTARTUp Day brings together over 100 world-class speakers and 4000 attendees to discuss business, innovation and new technologies, share startup success stories and lessons learned.

Startup-Hub at EuroCIS

19-21 February | Dusseldorf

Tradeshow

Startup-Hub at EuroCIS

19-21 February

Dusseldorf

The Start-up Hub at EURO CIS – Europe’s most important retail technology trade fair, offers a new special area within the forum for startups to showcase their growth!

Step Conference

13-14 February | Dubai

Conference

Step Conference

13-14 February

Dubai

STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings and over 5 years, has grown to become the largest tech experiential festival in the Middle East. With 4 conferences, more than 250 startups showcasing, and 6000+ attendees over two days, STEP 2018 will bring you the latest in tech and digital as it takes over Dubai Internet City on 13-14 Feb.

SLUSH Tokyo

22-23 February | Tokyo

Conference

SLUSH Tokyo

22-23 February

Tokyo

Slush Tokyo 2019 will be held at Tokyo Big Sight. It gives room to inspiring stage program, technology demo booths, and meetings between startups, investors, and media. The event will host 7000 attendees, 900 startups, 250 investors, media and tech talent who will come together in the celebration of entrepreneurship with the next generation of brilliant minds.

EU Startups Conference

2-3 May | Barcelona

Tradeshow

EU Startups Conference

2-3 May

Barcelona

The EU-Startups Conference is the perfect event for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international companies from within Europe. The event has fireside chats with internationally successful founders out of the Internet space and an exciting pitch competition with 15 startup teams.

Dublin tech summit

11-14 April | Dublin

Conference

Dublin tech summit

11-14 April

Dublin

The Dublin Tech Summit is an international technology conference held in Dublin, Ireland. The first summit took place in 2017, at the Convention Centre Dublin in the city’s “Silicon Docks”. The summit aims to attract more than 10,000 attendees, including influential speakers, startups, exhibitors, sponsors and investors this year.

Launchpad HK

TBA | Hong Kong

Tradeshow

Launchpad HK

TBA

Hong Kong

Startup Launchpad (SULP) is Asia’s largest hardware trade show that facilitates global distribution between startups and renowned online and offline retailers. The event showcases 300+ startups to more than 35,000 global buyers from 240 countries and regions.

London Techweek

10-16 June | London

Conference

London Techweek

10-16 June

London

London Tech Week is a unique festival connecting science and creative minds, corporates and startups created by Knect365 and London & Partners, attracting over 55,000 attendees across 300 events,

Disrupt Space

14-19 May | Beijing

Conference

Disrupt Space

14-19 May

Beijing

Disrupt Space is building a multi-stakeholder, community-governed platform for innovators to create and grow space ventures and to help break down barriers between space and other sectors. The Disrupt Space Summit brings the most promising space startups to meet with top investors and executives.

InspireFest

16-17 May | Dublin

Conference

InspireFest

16-17 May

Dublin

Inspirefest is a unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts. The main two-day conference takes place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. Tickets also include free entry to their Fringe festival, with live music, spoken word, comedy and an unmatched networking experience.

TNW

9-10 May | Amsterdam

Conference

TNW

9-10 May

Amsterdam

The TNW Conference format is now the gold standard across Europe. Their ability to engineer the perfect networking environment has made it possible to measure the ROI of a conference ticket. This year, 15,000 people will join in raising the bar for technology and business innovation events once again

Arctic15

5-6 June | Finland

Networking

Arctic15

5-6 June

Finland

Artic15 is Arctic Startup’s matchmaking startup event for Nordic and Baltic startups. The focus of the event is matchmaking and quality networking, all of which happens through 1-on-1 meetings in the Deal Room. The event is structured around 15 tracks than span across industries, technologies and and topics.

Launch Festival

18-19 June | Australia

Conference

Launch Festival

18-19 June

Australia

San Francisco’s largest Startup Festival – a celebration of innovation, the LAUNCH Festival was created by Jason Calacanis. The Festival now averages 10,000 attendees per year and features a few dozen speakers well known in the startup world.

AIM Startup

8-10 April | Dubai

Conference

AIM Startup

8-10 April

Dubai

AIM Startup was launched in 2017 as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world. This year, AIM Startup will host the third edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition in Dubai, UAE.

Techsylvania

8-11 June | Cluj Napoca

Conference

Techsylvania

8-11 June

Cluj Napoca

Techsylvania is a leading technology event held in Eastern Europe that started in 2014 with 380 attendees and grew to more than 1300 attendees in 2016. Techsylvania has invited the region’s foremost creative minds, technologists and innovators to participate in their event. This year the event will be held between June 8th to 11th.

DIG South

24-26 April | Charleston

Conference

DIG South

24-26 April

Charleston

Now in its 6th year, DIG SOUTH Tech Conference is where the South’s top 500 tech companies and leading global brands meet the smartest, scalable startups. Produced by DIG SOUTH Media and held annually in Charleston, DIG SOUTH welcomes 2000+ attendees, 100+ executive-level speakers and 100+ top investors.

Webit Festival

13-15 May | Sofia

Conference

Webit Festival

13-15 May

Sofia

The Webit Global Community consists of over 100,000 digirati, policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists and experts fascinated by technology and fostering the digital transformation in the business and the society.

Collision

20-23 May | Toronto

Conference

Collision

20-23 May

Toronto

Collision is “North America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. In three years, Collision has grown to almost 20,000 attendees from 119 countries. Attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media.

Seedstarssummit

5 April | Lausanne

Conference

Seedstarssummit

5 April

Lausanne

The Seedstars Summit hosts 75+ startups from around the world as they compete for equity investment of up to USD 1 million. It is a great place to connect with investors, government officials, corporate innovators and CEOs from Africa, Asia, LATAM, CEE and the MENA regions. The event hosts breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops on new tech.

Pioneers

9-10 May | Vienna

Conference

Pioneers

9-10 May

Vienna

Pioneers is the ultimate meeting point for tech founders, innovation executives & investors to build partnerships and shape the future. Early stage startups and entrepreneurs can network with investors and participate in mentoring sessions with a focus on driving internal and external innovation.

HustleCon

TBA | Oakland

Conference

HustleCon

TBA

Oakland

Hustle Con is a one-day startup event where the world’s most successful non-technical founders: – Tell their origin stories – Teach the practical tactics they used to start and grow their startup – Share behind the scenes insights on their wins and losses

Tech in Asia

TBA | Singapore

Conference

Tech in Asia

TBA

Singapore

Tech in Asia (YC W15) is a media, events, and jobs platform on a mission to build and serve Asia’s tech and startup community. We’re on this mission to help the tech and startup community move forward. Tech in Asia is an all-embracing community that serves and builds Asia’s startup ecosystem and is scheduled to be held in May this year.

Startup Worldcup

17 May | San Francisco

Networking

Startup Worldcup

17 May

San Francisco

Slated to be held on May 17th in San Francisco, Startup World Cup is an event organized by Fenox Venture Capital that is dedicated to launching and advising the world’s next wave of leading entrepreneurs. Annual Startup World Cup winners can accelerate their ideas into reality with the help of 1 million USD in funding and global recognition.

Growco

30 May – 1 June | New Orleans

Conference

Growco

30 May – 1 June

New Orleans

Created and curated by Inc.magazine, the Grow Your Company Conference (GrowCo) is a three-day event that brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs like you, hungry for the advice, proven strategies, and connections needed to start and grow a business.

Blast

19-20 September | Rome

Conference

Blast

19-20 September

Rome

Hosted in Fiera Roma – one of Europe’s largest exhibition arenas, Blast is a new international event that gathers and connects professionals, enterprises, technology leaders, investors and startups from all over the world to boost and spread new business and effective actions.

Eureka

25 August | Mumbai

Conference

Eureka

25 August

Mumbai

Instated to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship and business acumen among people all around the world, Eureka! fast-tracks the journey from an innovative idea to a commercial success. Eureka! is Asia’s largest business model competition accredited independently by CNN and Thomson Reuters.

3 day Startup – Global roundup

TBA | Austin

Conference

3 day Startup – Global roundup

TBA

Austin

3 Day Startup’s Global Roundup conference welcomes aspiring entrepreneurs and investors to Austin, Texas, for 3 days of sessions, networking, keynotes and workshops built for early stage founders. It is the annual gathering of the 3 Day Startup community that includes tens of thousands of entrepreneurs and investors across six continents.

African Arena

TBA | Cape Town

Conference

African Arena

TBA

Cape Town

The brainchild of Silicon Cape and La French Tech Cape Town, AfricArena 2017 is an international African tech conference for exploring new global tech trends and discovering the best African innovators in the industry.

Demo Arica

TBA | Casablanca

Conference

Demo Arica

TBA

Casablanca

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of [email protected] and aims to connect African startups to VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe. It is fast becoming a launch platform for innovative African startups.

Austin Startup Week

TBA | Austin

Festival

Austin Startup Week

TBA

Austin

Austin Startup Week is five days of events celebrating Austin startups! Each year, organizations and startups open their doors, put on events and roll out the red carpet for both locals and visitors who are interested in learning more about the startup scene in Austin.

Bits and Pretzels

29 September – 01 October | Munich

Networking

Bits and Pretzels

29 September – 01 October

Munich

Bits & Pretzels is an application-only, three-day festival that connects 5,000 founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem. The festival takes place in a unique setting around the Oktoberfest in Munich.

DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival

16-19 September | Tel Aviv

Conference

DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival

16-19 September

Tel Aviv

DLD Tel Aviv Innovation Festival is an international conference dealing with innovation, digital media, science and culture, which brings together business people, social leaders, opinion leaders, and investors. The conference aims to lay the groundwork for future innovations and technological developments.

Geekwire

TBA | Seattle

Conference

Geekwire

TBA

Seattle

An immersive two-day conference, the Summit features on-stage Q&As, insightful talks, and interactive product demos by leaders in tech, science and business. It also includes a full slate of fun parties.

Global entrepreneurial congress

15-18 April |

Conference

Global entrepreneurial congress

15-18 April

Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world.

Inbound

3-6 September | Boston

Conference

Inbound

3-6 September

Boston

INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to grow and transform your business. In September 2018, they will host thousands of professionals from almost every industry imaginable and from all corners of the globe at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Inc 5000

17-19 October | San Antonio

Conference

Inc 5000

17-19 October

San Antonio

The Inc. 5000 Conference features three days of thought-provoking sessions that engage and inspire. With an unprecedented lineup of speakers, networking sessions and a Black-Tie Gala, this is an event not to be missed.

Lean Startup Summit

11-12 February | Berlin

Conference

Lean Startup Summit

11-12 February

Berlin

The Europe edition of the Lean Startup Summit. Lean Startup Summit brings the big ideas from Eric Ries’s books off the page to show how organizations are making them real around the world.

Microconf

24-28 March | Las Vegas

Conference

Microconf

24-28 March

Las Vegas

The focus of MicroConf Growth Edition is to help grow the revenue from your products beyond that which employs the founders on a full-time basis and help provide targeted, tactical advice to founders with the goal of getting their business to the point where it provides a full-time income from products.

FUTR

24-25 April | London

Conference

FUTR

24-25 April

London

FUTR (formerly M20/20) will be returning to London for its fourth edition in 2019. Building on the success of the last eight shows globally, FUTR will host a curated programme of insightful conference sessions, immersive showcases and innovative exhibitors and start-ups, to ensure your business is prepared for the future of retail, marketing and commerce.

Pirate Summit

26-28 June | Cologne

Conference

Pirate Summit

26-28 June

Cologne

PIRATE Summit started in 2011 as a true grassroots entrepreneurship conference with the focus on connecting startup founders. It has grown significantly, as has the number of startup events. With over 1200 participants,250 investors and 60+startup pitches,entrepreneurs can network and pitch their ideas to grow their business.

SLUSH Shanghai

TBA | Shanghai

Conference

SLUSH Shanghai

TBA

Shanghai

Slush Shanghai, a leading international startup and technology event, aims to facilitate startups and tech talents to meet with top-tier investors, executives and media. Slush Shanghai 2017 gathered 3,000 attendees, 300 startups, 250 investors, 80 media and 200 volunteers together for two days. 2018 will see pitching competitons, demo booths, mentor hours, networking sessions and much more.

SLUSH Singapore

TBA | Singapore

Conference

SLUSH Singapore

TBA

Singapore

Slush Singapore 2017, gathered 3,000 attendees, 360 startups, 250 investors and 90 speakers. This year, over 80 startups will have the opportunity to showcase their products to investors, the media and potential clients giving them the perfect launchpad to take their product to the next level.

South Summit

TBA | Madrid

Conference

South Summit

TBA

Madrid

South Summit connects the most innovative entrepreneurs with important investors in the world and the corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation. The event hosts keynote talks and debates with worldwide innovation leaders, meetings with the largest business angels and VC firms and startup competitions with the best success stories.

Startup Fest

9-13 July | Montreal

Networking

Startup Fest

9-13 July

Montreal

Hosted in Montreal, Startupfest has grown into a global gathering of the world’s best entrepreneurs, founders, investors, and mentors. It features world-class content, from back-of-napkin ideas to champagne-popping exits, across three days of keynotes, interactive how-to sessions, thought-provoking predictions, and a healthy dose of irreverence.

TechDay New York

2 May | New York

Conference

TechDay New York

2 May

New York

TechDay has grown from a small crowd of 500 people to a community of tens of thousands in multiple markets worldwide. TechDay offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with thousands of attendees and brings together the entire tech community. Tech Day London is slated to be held on October 26th this year.

TechDay London

TBA | London

Conference

TechDay London

TBA

London

TechDay has grown from a small crowd of 500 people to a community of tens of thousands in multiple markets worldwide. TechDay offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with thousands of attendees and brings together the entire tech community. Tech Day London is slated to be held on October 26th this year.

TechDay LA

TBA | Los Angeles

Conference

TechDay LA

TBA

Los Angeles

TechDay has grown from a small crowd of 500 people to a community of tens of thousands in multiple markets worldwide. TechDay offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with thousands of attendees and brings together the entire tech community. Tech Day LA is one of the largest startup events scheduled to be held on Spetemebr 27th this year.

Traction

7-8 August | Vancouver

Conference

Traction

7-8 August

Vancouver

Traction brings founders and growth experts from tech unicorns including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Pinterest, Zillow, Hootsuite, Marketo, Groupon, HubSpot, AngelList and more to teach startups distribution strategies and tactics to get, keep and grow customers and revenue at scale.

Webarazzi

TBA | Istanbul

Conference

Webarazzi

TBA

Istanbul

Webrazzi is the leading Turkish tech blog focusing mainly on issues regarding local and regional internet and digital markets, startups, investments, technological developments and events. Founded in August 2006 by Arda Kutsal, Webrazzi now hosts over 15 correspondents, writers and analysts contributing articles on regular basis.

Female Founders Conference

TBA | Silicon Valley, CA

Conference

Female Founders Conference

TBA

Silicon Valley, CA

Y Combinator’s Female Founders conferences are a great chance for women entrepreneurs to not only connect with each other but to tap into the Y Combinator community. If you’re thinking about applying for an accelerator in 2018, take this opportunity to network and learn as much as you can!

SuccessCon

8-10 May | San Diego

Conference

SuccessCon

8-10 May

San Diego

From basic to ninja and everything in between – SuccessCon is about learning Infusionsoft, sharing what’s working, and networking with those who can help. This year’s conference will be a throwback to the early days of InfusionCon. A smaller, more intimate group, and a focus on the software in real-life practice. They’ll have keynote presentations, training & implementation workshops, and case-studies for every business model. If you’re a startup business owner wanting to harness more of the power of Infusionsoft, this conference is for you.

Social Media Week

30 April – 2 May | New York

Conference

Social Media Week

30 April – 2 May

New York

Social media is one of those things that everyone thinks they can do but in reality very few people can do well. Boost your social media skills at Social Media Week in NYC, where you’ll learn how to make those time suckers known as social media platforms work for you and your startup.

How Design Live

7-10 May | Chicago

Conference

How Design Live

7-10 May

Chicago

HOW Design Live focuses on — you guessed it — design and designers. Their annual conference includes 100 educational sessions and keynotes and more than 4,000 attendees from around the world. It’s a great option for design-focused startups, as well as for founders (or employees!) who are looking to boost their design skills, knowledge, and contacts.

World Domination Summit

25 June – 1 July | Portland, Oregon

Conference

World Domination Summit

25 June – 1 July

Portland, Oregon

Billing themselves as “an unconventional weekend for unconventional thinkers,” World Domination Summit is actually a full week long of main-stage keynotes, attendee-led meetups, workshops, “adventure activities,” and parties. Get ready for full immersion in this unique startup conference that kind of sounds like summer camp for founders.

MozCon

15-17 July | Seattle,WA

Conference

MozCon

15-17 July

Seattle,WA

Struggling with online marketing? Learn from the best of the best how to boost your marketing game at MozCon. Last year’s speakers included reps from HubSpot, Etsy, Moz (obviously), and ClassPass, to name just a few. It’s a great option for founders who don’t have a strong background in marketing or for marketers who want to up their game.

Industry Global Conference

23-26 September | Cleveland, Ohio

Networking

Industry Global Conference

23-26 September

Cleveland, Ohio

Over 3 days, 400 attendees from over 30 countries will learn from renowned product leaders and share the latest methods, tools, and frameworks that they use to build, launch and scale world-class software products.

Industry Europe Conference

16-17 April | Dublin

Networking

Industry Europe Conference

16-17 April

Dublin

If your startup is building a software product, then INDUSTRY is for you. Spend a couple days in Cleveland learning from top software producers as well as your peers. It’s a great way to get perspective on what you’re building, raise your confidence, and level up with new skills.

FastCompany Innovation Festival

TBA | New York

Conference

FastCompany Innovation Festival

TBA

New York

FastCompany is a publication that covers more than just tech and their conference is the same. Their Innovation Festival is for the well-rounded startup founders among us — you know, people who can talk about more than fundraising and code at dinner parties. You might even say that TechCrunch Disrupt:San Francisco as FastCo Innovation:NYC. Check it out for keynote addresses from celebrities, workshops designed to help you push your company forward, and networking galore.

SHE Summit

TBA | New York

Conference

SHE Summit

TBA

New York

S.H.E. Summit isn’t technically a “startup conference,” but I’m including it on this list because I believe that well-rounded founders make the best founders. If you only spend time with other people in tech, you end up with a very narrow view of the world. Plus, we all know that our industry has a bit of a gender disparity problem, right? S.H.E. is a global leadership conference focusing on the advancement of women and gender equality.