27 Startup Conferences to Attend in 2023
If you’re looking for the best startup conferences to attend in 2023, you’ve come to the right place. There are many conferences throughout the year all across the world that offer great opportunities for Startups. It’s essential for entrepreneurs, founders, and executives to stay well-informed and network with like minded individuals in the industry. Attending conferences is one way to do this. Let’s dive in!
1. OURCROWD 2023
A premier tech industry event, the largest in the Middle East, taking place on February 15, 2023 in Jerusalem. Over 23,000 attendees from 183 countries gathered last time for the fastest-growing tech conference in the world, offering opportunities to meet, learn, and do business.
2. 4YFN 2023
Connecting startups, investors and companies to launch new ventures. It provides startups access to innovative ideas, an international network and business opportunities. 4YFN also helps investors connect with promising startups, corporations collaborate with tech entrepreneurs, accelerators and governments showcase their ecosystems, and provides exhibition space for startups to pitch to investors.
3. HELLO TOMORROW 2023
Partner with Europe’s premier Deep Tech event. Get your brand recognized as a leader in the field, with exclusive access to top startups, by sponsoring a Challenge category. Enjoy a personalised experience with a dedicated half-day deep dive and customised schedule of relevant sessions and startups to meet.
4. SIGMA EURASIA 2023
SiGMA gaming festival supports the future of the sector by offering 100 startups a free booth at the Startup Village and an opportunity for 10 top businesses to showcase their ideas at the SiGMA Pitch, where they can compete for mentorship, investment, and media opportunities.
5. STARTUP DAY 2023
An annual business festival that brings together startups, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and students to celebrate entrepreneurship in Tartu. The three-day event features a stage program, matchmaking, seminars, a demo area, and side events covering a range of topics.
6. START SUMMIT 2023
START Summit is Europe’s biggest student-organised conference in the field of entrepreneurship and technology. With the goal of promoting innovation, it connects over 3500 startups, investors, corporations, and young talents and will be held in St. Gallen after last year’s hybrid event.
7. STARTUP GRIND 2023
Startup Grind’s annual gathering brings together startups, investors, and organisations supporting startups. Participants network and learn about the latest trends in sales, marketing, product, fundraising, and more.
8. EU-STARTUPS SUMMIT 2023
Gathering of over 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, and media from across Europe, providing a networking opportunity through a dedicated app and meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. The event includes fireside chats, keynotes, and a pitch competition featuring some of Europe’s most promising startup teams selected from over 1,500 applicants.
9. TECHCHILL 2023
TechChill is the main event of the year, bringing together 2000+ attendees including startups, corporations, investors and tech enthusiasts. The annual three-day event features workshops, investor day, expos, speaker sessions, roundtable discussions, and afterparties.
10. PODIM 2023
A non-profit platform, established in 1980 to alter perspectives on innovation and is now the most impactful startup & tech event in the CEE region. It connects innovation with business opportunities, capital, knowledge, and experience and serves as a key platform for learning and networking. The goal of Podim is to provide founders and innovators with the necessary tools to tackle society’s biggest challenges.
11. DIGITALK CONFERENCE 2023
Digitalk showcases top tech trends and innovations shaping the future for 11 consecutive years. With a focus on sustainable investing, companies are held accountable for their efforts, which can impact their bottom line.
12. THE STARTUP CONFERENCE 2023
Conference that provides a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch investors and make valuable contacts, as well as learn from top entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley. Over 40 countries are represented at the conference, attracting the likes of the President of Y Combinator and CEOs of Dropbox, Zoom, Evernote and AngelList.
13. TECH.EU SUMMIT 2023
Summit that unites 1,800 key players to drive sustainable growth in Europe’s innovation ecosystems. On 24 May 2023 in Brussels, hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, policy makers, academics, and journalists will convene to advance the European tech scene.
14. INFOSHARE CONFERENCE 2023
The biggest tech and startup event in the CEE region, attracting over 6,500 attendees, 150+ speakers, 250+ partnerships, and 500+ startups. It’s a gathering of software developers, business leaders, startuppers, investors, marketers, and tech enthusiasts, who come to learn, get inspired, and connect.
15. VIENNAUP 2023
Community-driven tech festival in Europe that showcases the future of technology. With partner contributions, it provides a unique interconnected experience for startups, investors, tech enthusiasts, creatives, and visionaries.
16. BITS & PRETZELS HEALTHTECH 2023
This event prioritises startups, bringing together top founders, investors, healthcare providers, tech giants, MedTech/Pharma executives, insurers and policymakers to shape the future of healthcare.
17. TECH BBQ 2023
Annual summit which combines tech & comfort. Attendees network, hear inspiring speakers, learn about the latest trends, and enjoy BBQ in a relaxed atmosphere. Building new business relationships is a key motivation for attendees, as one valuable connection can outweigh the cost of the ticket.
18. TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT 2023
Startup conference that stays relevant and focused on founders, investors and the future of tech, providing resources, knowledge, and connections for startup rookies, seasoned investors and founders looking to change the world.
19. DMEXCO 2023
Europe’s leading digital marketing and tech event, bringing together industry leaders, marketing and media professionals, and tech pioneers to set the digital agenda. It is the network and business platform for the digital economy, where decision-makers extend their knowledge, make contacts, and close deals.
20. BITS & PRETZELS FOUNDERS FESTIVAL 2023
Barack Obama, Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzenegger as speakers… are you not entertained?! An event that began as a small 80-person founders breakfast in 2014, hence the name „The Founders Festival”. Today, it’s an annual festival attended by thousands of founders, top companies, and inspiring speakers who believe entrepreneurship can create positive change globally.
21. OSLO INNOVATION WEEK (OIW) 2023
Attend 60 events at Oslo’s cityscape to network with passionate startup founders, professionals, researchers and investors, and gain valuable insights on investment, talent attraction, and global expansion.
22. GITEX GLOBAL 2023
Tech event that showcases solutions and features discussions and debates on new ideas in areas such as cloud, IoT, and AI. Attendees can learn from international leaders, innovators, and policy-makers and connect with influential partnerships, tech giants, startups and enterprises from over 170 countries.
23. STARTUP NIGHTS 2023
Startup Nights are events that feel like a big family reunion for the startup community. This year, they will move to a larger location, the Eulachhallen Winterthur, to accommodate 5,000 attendees.
24. WEB SUMMIT 2023
Politico, the Atlantic, and the New York Times have praised Web Summit as running „the world’s premier tech conference” where the future is born and where leaders in tech gather to ask „Where to next?”
25. SLUSH 2023
Slush brings together the global startup ecosystem in Helsinki, with a curated group of speakers, showcases and unique networking opportunities. With hundreds of side events happening across the city during the Slush week, the event extends beyond the main venue to the streets.
26. IOT TECH EXPO GLOBAL 2023
Featuring 5 co-located events covering IoT, Cyber Security & Cloud, Blockchain, AI & Big Data, and Digital Transformation, as well as opportunities for networking.
27. STARTUPS WORLD 2024
This one is even in 2024, but worth planning to go already in 2023. Growing and dynamic community with the goal of reaching people worldwide. It provides a platform for collaboration and participation among a global network of like-minded individuals seeking to drive change and improvement. The Startups World team expresses gratitude for the community’s involvement and believes they will achieve their goals together.
WORTH TO MENTION:
The Inaugural Rejuvenation Startup Summit 2022 took place with over 400 participants from 30+ countries and showcased over 30 longevity biotech startups with exciting future ahead. It was a vibrant networking event hosted by the Forever Healthy Foundation to accelerate the development of the rejuvenation biotech industry.
AGORA’S RTE 2023
Conference that connects innovative technologies, tools and people in real-time engagement, removing physical boundaries and exploring new possibilities in interaction, creating opportunities for business and life. Attendees can join in-person or online to explore the future of voice, video, IoT, VR/AR and more.
GEEKWIRE SUMMIT 2023
An annual event that brings together leaders in business, tech and community for discussions about the future. Summit features in-depth fireside chats, panels, and talks with top names in tech and unique networking opportunities at Block 41 in Belltown, Seattle. In-person passes are limited and virtual tickets are available, with Bank of America as the presenting sponsor.
Since 2012, NOAH Conference has provided a platform for digital startups to showcase their disruptive ideas on its dedicated startup stage. Over 800 startups have presented, raising a total of €3.2bn and benefiting from exposure to a senior decision-making audience and potential investors.
NRF 2024 RETAIL’S BIG SHOW
Also in 2024, but worth planning to go already in 2023! The retail industry’s most important event, offering three days of educational programming, an expo featuring latest solutions, and a startup zone displaying breakthrough technology. This is an opportunity to be introduced to innovative ideas, people and partners that will drive success in the industry.
With so many options available it can be hard to choose which conferences to attend, find conferences that provide great networking opportunities for your field. Each conference offers something different, it’s worth considering attending at least one of them if you want your startup business to stay ahead of its competition! Giving you a chance to learn more about emerging technologies in your field! Start planning your next trip now! Good luck out there entrepreneurs – we wish you all success and don’t forget to have fun doing so!
P.S. We are going to the EU-Startups Summit in April,
Let me know if I missed out on a good one or made any mistakes.
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