Offline networking is key to growing your business. Choosing which Startup event to attend is also. Is it targeted to your audience? Does it fit your company values? Does it fulfill the right intention? Is it financially sound? Will you meet potential investors?
All these factors are important when considering the benefits of targeted networking. Time is money! and some Startup events leave a hole in the pocket.
Every year, we plan ahead and strategically decide which Startup events make the most sense for us as a company. As we prepare for 2020, we present to you ten Startup Events that we have our eye on:
1- ChangeNow Summit
Grand Palais, Paris
January 30 – February 1, 2020
ChangeNOW takes positive change to the next level and organizes the international summit of Positive Impact, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, startups, investors, corporates, cities, and decision-makers, to empower innovation as a force for good.
ChangeNOW is all about concrete actions and innovations: climate change, end of plastic pollution, new forms of agriculture, new models of education, solutions to the refugee crisis, clean energy, sustainable cities, … and other solutions to our most urgent global issues.
2- Startup Grind Global Conference
Silicon Valley, California
11-12 February, 2020
Global 2020 is the most important event for startups, tech leaders, and big brands at the forefront of innovation. The Startup Grind Global Conference provides an environment unlike anything else – where Startups, partners, investors, thought leaders, and worldwide directors come together for 2+ days of invaluable education, connection, and inspiration.
With 6 stages of highly educational content provided by a roster of world-class speakers, thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators looking to build relationships, hours of impactful networking and partner opportunities, and of course – parties.
3- Step Conference
11-12 February, 2020
STEP started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 8 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 is home to the best entrepreneurs, creatives, and digital enthusiasts.
4- REFLECT Festival
14-15 May, 2020
Reflect Festival is a technology festival that combines transfer of knowledge of the latest technologies including AI, VR/AR, blockchain and others with an unforgettable experience in Limassol, Cyprus. It provides the in-depth insights on latest technologies and brings experts within given fields that will encourage productive networking and will assist business professionals and technology enthusiasts to stay up- to-date, start planning and think ahead on how they can implement the new insights in their career and business.
5- EU Startup Summit
28-29 May, 2020
The EU-Startup Summit 2020 will bring together over 1,200 founders, Startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, as well as media people from all across Europe. The two-day event is a great opportunity for networking, and a meeting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international tech companies.
6- Viva Technology
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris
11-3 June, 2020
Viva Technology is a three-day event bringing together the world’s leaders in technology and business with the most promising startups and the disruptors of tomorrow to explore transformational ideas on a global scale.
7- Startup Fest
14-18 July, 2020
Said to be Canada’s largest Startup event, for aspiring founders, ground-breaking innovators and veteran entrepreneurs from around the world.
Startupfest is the perfect opportunity to collaborate with some of the champions of the global technology and Startup scenes. The event program consists of, amongst other things, keynote speakers, elevator pitches, tent village, workshops, conferences, real money prizes and fun activities. Entrepreneurs get to keep abreast of changes and connect with potential investors, whereas VCs, find themselves in a position to find the next hot deal and see where the industry is headed.
8- Bits & Pretzels
27 – 29 Sep, 2020
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.
Bits & Pretzels is a 3-day event for founders, Startup enthusiasts, investors and all other decision-makers of the Startup ecosystem. The best-known founders from all around the world, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs, will meet at the event for vision, learning, and networking.
9- Bread & Jam Festival
1-2 October, 2020
Bread & Jam is an annual 2 day conference and bootcamp for emerging and scaling food and drink brands, bringing together food and drink founders and innovators, investors, media and industry leaders.
You can expect a ground-breaking programme of panel discussions, inspirational keynotes, hands-on workshops and mentoring sessions focused on accelerating independent food and drink brands with bold aspirations. If you’re an ambitious food brand, this is an annual event not to be missed.
10- Web summit
2-5 November, 2020
Web Summit started as a simple idea in 2010: Let’s connect the technology community with all industries, both old and new. It seemed to resonate. Web Summit has grown to become the “largest technology conference in the world”.
In seven short years, Web Summit has grown from 400 attendees to over 70,000 attendees from more than 170 countries. Web Summit has become “Europe’s largest and most important technology marketplace”. An unrivalled 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.
No conference has ever grown so large so fast and we pride ourselves in organising the “best technology conference on the planet”