[Updated] Running a startup can be breaking especially when you’re stuck and have no clue how to advance forward with your business plan. This is where startup events and conferences come in.
By attending such meetups, you will open a world of valuable insights, tips, tricks, recommendations, suggestions, and advice from industry experts for yourself.
These startup events are the backbone of the startup ecosystem where the participants contribute by sharing their experiences, ideas, and problems with each other.
Like every year, there will be some engaging startup events coming your way in 2019. I have identified a list of the best ones here to rev-up your startup game.
Who Should Attend Startup Events?
- Founders/ Entrepreneurs
- Startup Employee
- VCs and Angel Investors
- Business Consultants
Why Attend Startup Events?
Every type of person mentioned above has a different agenda to attend startup events. Startup founders would want to pitch their new business ideas, get funded or to listen to experts advice. Investors hunt for investment opportunities. And, marketers come to learn new hacks and analyze the industry and especially eye the competitors. And, business consultants participate to consult inexperienced founders and teach successful ways of doing business.
Note: Events listed in this article are in sort according to date.
- Consumer Electronics Show
- Saastr Annual
- Mobility Pioneers
- Startup Grind
- 4 Years From Now
- The AEONIAN 2019
- Money 20/20
- Fast Growth Icons
- Startup Ole
- Seed Start Summit
- The Launch Festival
- EU-Startups Summit
- The Next Web Conference/a>
- Viva Technology
- Wonder Women TECH Conference
- London Tech Week
- Web Summit
Event: CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2019
Date: 8-12 January 2019
Venue: Las Vegas, USA
The Consumer Electronics Show 2019 will cover more or less every topic there is on startups. With more than 250 sessions discussing the latest trends and emerging technologies, it will allow you to see your bigger picture with ease.
Event: SaaStr Annual 2019
Date: 5-7 February 2019
Venue: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
SaaStr is the largest B2B software gathering in the world. The annual SaaStr 2019 will give you a chance to hear from SaaS experts with no fluff, no commercials, and no boring panels.
You can expect 300+ hand-crafted sessions that will allow you to scale your startup effectively. Moreover, 500+ 1-on-1 sessions alongside small group meetings will give you all the answers you need.
Event: Mobility Pioneers 2019
Date: 7th February 2019
Venue: Munich, Germany
Mobility Pioneers 2019 will mark their 3rd edition. This year they will be focusing on the merging of different industries which are redefining standards and delivering the next generation of transportation.
Event: Startup Grind Global Conference
Date: 12-13 February 2019
Venue: Silicon Valley, USA
Start, Grind, Scale. That’s their objective. This startup conference is an excellent opportunity that takes entrepreneurs and innovators to the next level. You will be able to attend 6 stages of highly educational content by a roster of world-class speakers, thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators who are looking to build relationships, hours of impactful networking, partner opportunities, and of course – startup parties.
Date: 22-23 February 2019
Venue: Tokyo, Japan
According to Forbes Japan, this event is a movement, not just a conference. This startup event will allow founders and tech talent to meet with top-notch international investors, executives, media and tech-heads from across the globe.
Event: 4 Years From Now
Date: 25-27 February 2019
Venue: Barcelona, Spain
4YFN is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry, GSMA MWC Barcelona and an excellent event that allows startups and investors to connect with each other and launch new business ventures together. You can expect discussions on technology that will create a difference 4 years from today.
Event: The AEONIAN 2019
Date: 27-28 February 2019
Venue: Bangalore, India
The 3rd annual premier startup summit The AEONIAN 2019 will recognize and reward the startup community in India. The event aims to bring all the stakeholders of the startup ecosystem under one roof. From investors to organizations, from seed funded to IPO startups, from students to startup founders, this event will satisfy all startup needs.
Event: SXSW (South by Southwest)
Date: 8th March 2019
Venue: Austin, USA
The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, network, and advance their careers. With one unified startup conference that spans 25 tracks of programming, they’ll be offering opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery more than ever before.
Event: Money 20/20
Date: 19-21 March 2019
If you want to find out about the future of money, this event is for you. This is the event where payments, financial tech, and the service industry connect with each other. In simpler terms, this is the event where technology meets money, money meets people, people meet ideas and ideas become reality.
Event: Fast Growth Icons
Date: 20th March 2019
Venue: London, United Kingdom
This event is an invitation-only network for startup founders of fast-growing successes. You can expect inspirational insights that have recently built successful businesses, and learned the lessons the hard way. You will get your hands on a carefully-curated attendee list of startup founders with significant revenue and rapid growth. You will also enjoy practical business tips and hands-on learning in founder-to-founder roundtable sessions.
Event: Startup Ole
Date: 26-28 March 2019
Venue: Salamanca, Spain
Startup Ole is one of the biggest tech startup events in Europe. It is a free-to-join conference that has turned into a benchmark event and a driver of the democratization of the tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Event: Seed Start Summit
Date: 2nd April 2019
Venue: Lausanne, Switzerland
Attending the Seedstars Summit is one of the best ways to discover the most promising startups and unicorns-to-be from across the globe. You will be able to learn about the latest tech trends in different regions while being able to access a world-class network of global changemakers.
Event: The Launch Festival
Date: 18-19 April 2019
Venue: Sydney, Australia
It is one of the best startup events that cover industries like AI, Machine Learning, Health & Biotech, Smart Home, Consumer Media, Food & Water, Education, VR & AR, Cannabis, Drones, Robotics, Fintech amongst others. Startup founders and VCs will be sharing the best practices in their portfolios, investment strategies, and what they’re looking for in 2019.
Event: EU-Startups Summit
Date: 2-3 May 2019
Venue: Barcelona, Spain
This startup event will showcase a selection of Europe’s hottest startups who will come together to learn more from the most successful European entrepreneurs of all time. With over 1,200 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, and VCs, from all across Europe, this two-day event is a great opportunity for networking. Moreover, it is the perfect meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies.
Event: The Next Web Conference
Date: 9-10 May 2019
Venue: Amsterdam, The Netherland
TNW has been sharing, inventing and advancing tech developments since 2006. They’re a large growing group of people who take a special interest in technology. They call themselves Generation T. Their need for information, data and personal connections increases day after day. This tech media company focuses on cross-generational groups and helps them get the most out of technology by informing them through remarkable stories and insights while bringing them together through extraordinary events and workspaces.
Event: Viva Technology
Date: 16-18 May
Venue: Paris, France
VivaTech is the world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders to celebrate innovation. It’s a gathering of the world’s brightest minds, talents, and products. From top speakers and exhibitions to open innovation and live experiences, VivaTech is a celebration of today’s innovations and tomorrow’s possibilities for everyone who believes in the power of technology to transform business and society.
Date: 16-17 May 2019
Venue: Tallinn, Estonia
If you’re serious about startups, investing, and the future of governance, this is a startup event where would want to be. Latitude59 is a great way to get your startup in front of the whole tech community and many relevant visitors as well as investors. You can expect this startup event to refrain from the “crowd” and meet people who actually matter.
Date: 20-23 May 2019
Venue: Toronto, Canada
Collision is the fastest growing tech conference for startup in North America. Now in its fifth year, Collision has grown to over 25,000 attendees and is in for a big change in 2019. According to the Huffington Post, this event is a global gathering of provocative ideas, brilliance, and investment dollars. You are guaranteed to learn something new and exciting.
Date: 5-6 June 2019
Venue: Helsinki, Finland
It is the best matchmaking startup event in the Nordics and the Baltics. This event primarily focuses on making deals as well as quality networking. You can expect nearly 15 tracks that will cover various topics and industries like AI, Digital Health, Blockchain etc. Also, this is your chance to meet 450+ startups, 300+ investors, 150+ corporates and media from 60+ countries.
Event: Wonder Women TECH Conference
Date: 6th June 2019
Venue: London, United Kingdom
This startup conference will highlight, educate, and celebrate women in industries like science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). You can expect a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, workshops, hackathons, diversity career fair, STEAM camps, community inclusion activities, thought leadership, and other dynamic programming geared towards empowering women, girls, and diverse communities.
Event: London Tech Week
Date: 10th June 2019
Venue: London, United Kingdom
This is the event where creativity, talent, and innovation come together. The 4th Industrial Revolution is happening now and is transforming society and business alike. The UK continues to innovate as a worldwide cutting-edge tech hub. As one of the world’s most open & welcoming markets, the UK is positioned to lead the global conversation in designing and scaling tech. This event connects international communities from across the spectrum to address how to access tech and profoundly create a positive impact in society and business.
Date: 10-11 June 2019
Venue: Cluj, Romania
With over 3,000 engineers, founders, investors, executives and CEOs of IT & digital companies from across the world will meet at Techsylvania for inspiration and networking. You can expect more than 70 keynotes, panels, workshops, satellite events, executive roundtables, and Q&A sessions while exploring visionary ideas, groundbreaking projects, and changing markets.
Date: 8-11 July 2019
Venue: Hong Kong
RISE has become Europe’s largest tech conference for startups which last year attracted 70,000 attendees from 170+ countries around the world.
In July 2019, 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.
Date: 9-13 July 2019
Venue: Montréal, Canada
This event is small enough to meet who you need to meet and big enough that everybody’s present there. Startupfest is known for rethinking the standard event format. Crowned “a music festival for startups” by Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian, you’ll have tangible opportunities to make the connections you need, in one of the world’s most iconic festival cities.
Date: September 2019
Venue: Boston, USA
This event will bring together entrepreneurs and business leaders who have built successful brands, have sparked movements and found ways to unlock unprecedented growth. A ticket to this event is a ticket for you to learn and invest in yourself while connecting to an amazing group of people who do great things just like you. This isn’t your average event, it’s a whole new experience.
Date: 14-16 October 2019
Venue: Boston, USA
SaaStock gives a voice to leaders who have started blazing the trail and to network with peers on the same journey. The SaaS phenomenon in Europe is gaining momentum. With over 4,000 founders, executives and investors, you can expect a critical mass who will come together and share their experiences. SaaStock is the catalyst for this movement.
Event: Web Summit
Date: 4-7 November 2019
Venue: Lisbon, Portugal
According to Forbes, This is the best technology conference on the planet. At a time of great uncertainty within various industries, this event gathers founders and CEOs of different technology companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers and heads of state to ask one simple question: Where to next?
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Word of Advice
You can only understand the value of startup events by attending them rather than browsing the web, as that would not add any value to your startup project.
So, which startup events are you willing to attend this year? Let us know in the comments below.
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