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Global roundup

20th-22nd July, 2018 | Austin

Conference

Global roundup

20th-22nd July, 2018

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.

4YFN

26th-28th February, 2018 | Barcelona

Conference

4YFN

26th-28th February, 2018

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!

African Arena

November | Cape Town

Conference

African Arena

November

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

27th September, 2018 | Casablanca

Conference

Demo Arica

27th September, 2018

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.

AIM Startup

9-11th April, 2018 | Dubai

Conference

AIM Startup

9-11th April, 2018

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 second edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition in Dubai, UAE.

TechXLR8

12th-14th June, 2018 | London

Conference

TechXLR8

12th-14th June, 2018

London

TechXLR8 is London Tech Weeks flagship event, bringing together 8 conferences, including: 5G World, AR & VR World, Cloud and DevOps World, Digital CX World, Internet of Things World Europe, Blockchain 360, Smart Transportation and Mobility and, Project Kairos.

Arctic15

30th-31st May, 2018 | Helsinki

Networking

Arctic15

30th-31st May, 2018

Helsinki

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.

August Fest

TBD – August | Hyderabad

Festival

August Fest

TBD – August

Hyderabad

Started in 2013, August Fest has grown to be India’s largest startup festival, with 15,000 attendees and 150 speakers in 2017. The events were held across Mumbai and Hyderabad across 4 days, and focused on media tech, social innovation, sports technology and startup growth.

Austin Startup Week

TBD – October | Austin

Festival

Austin Startup Week

TBD – October

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

30th September – 2nd October 2018 | Munich

Networking

Bits and Pretzels

30th September – 2nd October 2018

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.

Blast

TBD – May | Rome

Conference

Blast

TBD – May

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.

CeBIT

11th – 15th June 2018 | Hannover

Tradeshow

CeBIT

11th – 15th June 2018

Hannover

Started as one of the largest global computer expos 4 decades ago, CEBIT has now come to be Europe’s premier festival for innovation. Its four sections – d!conomy, d!tec, d!talk and d!campus – represent an entirely new approach, but the show’s core focus remains on generating leads and valuable business for all.

CES

8th-11th Jan, 2019 | Las Vegas

Tradeshow

CES

8th-11th Jan, 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.

Collision

April 30 – May 3, 2018 | New Orleans

Conference

Collision

April 30 – May 3, 2018

New Orleans

Collision is “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.

Developer Week

3rd – 7th February, 2018 | San Francisco

Festival

Developer Week

3rd – 7th February, 2018

San Francisco

DeveloperWeek is the world’s largest developer expo and conference series with over 8,000 participants across the DeveloperWeek 2018 Conference & Expo, the DeveloperWeek Hackathon, Official Hiring Mixer, and city-wide partner events.

DIG South

25th – 27th April, 2018 | Charleston

Conference

DIG South

25th – 27th April, 2018

Charleston

Now in its 5th 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.

Disrupt Space

March – TBD | Berlin

Conference

Disrupt Space

March – TBD

Berlin

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.

DLD Innovation Festival

Sept 3-6 | Tel Aviv

Festival

DLD Innovation Festival

Sept 3-6

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.

Dublin tech summit

February | Dublin

Conference

Dublin tech summit

February

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.

EU Startups Conference

April 13 | Berlin

Tradeshow

EU Startups Conference

April 13

Berlin

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.

Eureka

Jan 27th | Mumbai

Conference

Eureka

Jan 27th

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.

Geekwire

1-3rd October | Seattle

Conference

Geekwire

1-3rd October

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

March | Istanbul

Conference

Global entrepreneurial congress

March

Istanbul

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.

Growco

May 8-10th | New Orleans

Conference

Growco

May 8-10th

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.

HustleCon

June 22 | Oakland

Conference

HustleCon

June 22

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

Inbound

4-7 September | Boston

Conference

Inbound

4-7 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 Oct 2018 | Texas

Conference

Inc 5000

17-19 Oct 2018

Texas

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.

InspireFest

21-22 June | Dublin

Conference

InspireFest

21-22 June

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.

Launch Festival

5-7 April | San Francisco

Conference

Launch Festival

5-7 April

San Francisco

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.

Launch Festival

11-14 April | Hong Kong

Tradeshow

Launch Festival

11-14 April

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.

Lean Startup Conference

Oct 2018 | San Francisco

Conference

Lean Startup Conference

Oct 2018

San Francisco

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.

Lean Startup Summit

March 20 & 21, 2018 | Amsterdam

Conference

Lean Startup Summit

March 20 & 21, 2018

Amsterdam

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.

London Techweek

11-17th June | London

Conference

London Techweek

11-17th 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,

Microconf

April | Las Vegas

Conference

Microconf

April

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.

Milennial 2020

13-14th March, 2018 | London

Conference

Milennial 2020

13-14th March, 2018

London

Millennial 20/20 aims to equip attendees with a comprehensive commerce tool kit, presenting the latest campaigns and innovations in marketing, advertising, retail, payments e-commerce, social media, data, AI, VR & AR, voice, and robotics. Over 200 cross-industry speakers from a wide range of sectors will share knowledge, experiences and insights.

Milennial 2020

24-25th October,2018 | Singapore

Conference

Milennial 2020

24-25th October,2018

Singapore

M20/20 is Europe’s only Summit focused on fresh thinking and progressive change in the future of retail, marketing and commerce. The event in 2017 saw interactive showcases, networking sessions, industry specific conferences and keynotes from over 200 cross industry speakers.

Mobile World Congress

26th February- 1st March, 2018 | Barcelona

Conference

Mobile World Congress

26th February- 1st March, 2018

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.

Nest Summit

11th April, 2018 | Tokyo

Conference

Nest Summit

11th April, 2018

Tokyo

The New Economy Summit is a global conference organized by the Japan Association of New Economy in Tokyo. Since it was first held in 2013, the annual summit has brought together global entrepreneurs and innovators at the forefront of the new economy and industry to discuss and anticipate future trends.

Pioneers

24-25 May 2018 | Vienna

Conference

Pioneers

24-25 May 2018

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.

Pirate Summit

3-5th July, 2018 | Cologne

Conference

Pirate Summit

3-5th July, 2018

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.

RISE

9-12th July, 2018 | Hong Kong

Conference

RISE

9-12th July, 2018

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.

Saastr

6-8th Februarry, 2018 | San Francisco

Conference

Saastr

6-8th Februarry, 2018

San Francisco

The Saastr annual is the largest non-vendor confab in the world, uniting the global B2B SaaS community both online and off. In 2018, 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.

Seedstarssummit

9-12th April,2018 | Lausanne

Conference

Seedstarssummit

9-12th April,2018

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.

ShopTalk

18-21 March | Las Vegas

Conference

ShopTalk

18-21 March

Las Vegas

Established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, media, analysts and others come together at Shoptalk to learn and collaborate. Shoptalk 2018 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.

SLUSH

4-5th December, 2018 | Helsinki

Conference

SLUSH

4-5th December, 2018

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.

SLUSH

30th November – 1st December | Shanghai

Conference

SLUSH

30th November – 1st December

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 competitions, demo booths, mentor hours, networking sessions and much more.

SLUSH

19 September | Singapore

Conference

SLUSH

19 September

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.

SLUSH

March 28–29, 2018 | Tokyo

Conference

SLUSH

March 28–29, 2018

Tokyo

Slush Tokyo 2018 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.

South Summit

3-5th October, 2018 | Madrid

Conference

South Summit

3-5th October, 2018

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

10-14th July, 2018 | Montreal

Networking

Startup Fest

10-14th July, 2018

Montreal

Hosted in Montreal, Startup Fest 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.

Startup Grind Global Conf

February | California

Conference

Startup Grind Global Conf

February

California

Startup Grind has now hosted 5,000 fireside chats since its founding in 2010. Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 250 cities. They nurture startup ecosystems in 105 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.

Startup Worldcup

May 11th 2018 | San Francisco

Networking

Startup Worldcup

May 11th 2018

San Francisco

Slated to be held on May 11th 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.

Step Conference

April | Dubai

Conference

Step Conference

April

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 March 28-29.

SXSW

9-14th March | Austin

Conference

SXSW

9-14th 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 9-18 in Austin, Texas and be a part of one of the most diverse, collaborative, and inventive communities in the world.

Tech in Asia

May | Singapore

Conference

Tech in Asia

May

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.

TechCrunch Disrupt

5-7 September | San Francisco

Conference

TechCrunch Disrupt

5-7 September

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 September 5th to 7th.

TechDay

April | New York

Conference

TechDay

April

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

October | London

Conference

TechDay

October

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

June | Los Angeles

Conference

TechDay

June

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.

Techsylvania

9-12th June | Cluj Napoca

Conference

Techsylvania

9-12th 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 9th to 12th.

TIE

February | Mumbai

Conference

TIE

February

Mumbai

TiE Global Summit is the largest Global Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit that takes place once a year across the Globe. This is the 2nd edition of TGS taking place in Mumbai on the 21st & 22nd of Feb, 2018.

TNW

24-25th May | Amsterdam

Conference

TNW

24-25th 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

Traction

8-9th Aug | Vancouver

Conference

Traction

8-9th Aug

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.

Uprise

18th Oct | Dublin

Festival

Uprise

18th Oct

Dublin

The People first, Tech second Festival consists of Hosted Stages, Workshops, Panels, Talkshops and a unique marketplace with a vibe that is unrivaled. This year the Dublin held event boasts of 128 Speakers on 4 Stages, 80 Startups and 5000 attendees in one day.

Web Summit

5-8th Nov | Lisbon

Conference

Web Summit

5-8th Nov

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.

Webarazzi

October | Istanbul

Conference

Webarazzi

October

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.

Webit Festival

April | Sofia

Conference

Webit Festival

April

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.

Wolves Summit

March | Warsaw

Conference

Wolves Summit

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 7th edition in Warsaw, for two days of conferencing.