Attending start-up events can bring immense benefits to founders and their growing teams, such as meeting investors, networking with industry leaders, gaining inspiration from motivational speeches, and learning from other ambitious entrepreneurs. However, attending these events can be time-consuming and exhausting, so it’s crucial to ensure that the events you choose to attend are valuable.
To assist you in navigating the plethora of start-up events, we have curated a list of the top ten most anticipated start-up events in 2023 that are not to be missed:
The Alpha Wolves Summit, London, March 8-9, 2023:
This start-up event connects Central and Eastern European (CEE) scale-ups with influential General Partners and Limited Partners from around the world. The summit promises quality networking and funding opportunities for attendees. The event is designed to connect CEE’s most promising scale-ups with the UK venture ecosystem, providing a unique opportunity to navigate the complex world of venture capital.
EU Start-Up Summit, Barcelona, May 20-21, 2023:
The EU-start-ups Summit in Barcelona is a week-long event that brings together founders, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and other start-up enthusiasts from different branches. The diverse event provides an opportunity to learn from experienced, successful founders and passionate speakers who share their expertise on topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
At the EU-start-ups Summit, attendees will have the chance to network with like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights into the start-up ecosystem. Last year, attendees had the opportunity to participate in workshops and talks, including how start-ups can pitch a good story to journalists. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.
High-Tech Gründerfonds Family Day, Bonn, May 9-10, 2023:
Join renowned investors, managers, and international venture capitalists at the exclusive two-day High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) Family Day event in Bonn, Germany, taking place in May. This annual event features an impressive selection of speakers who cover topics related to sustainability, diversity, and other trending subjects in the world of venture capital.
The event provides multiple networking opportunities, including the chance to book 1:1 meetings with people you want to work with or learn more about. These opportunities make networking accessible for all and encourage lively conversations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with key players in the venture capital industry and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and issues affecting the industry.
Tech.eu Summit, Brussels, 24 May 2023:
The highly successful Tech.eu Summit is back for round two in 2023, bringing together 1800 innovators and leaders to turn the capital of Europe into the hub of European tech. Entrepreneurs, investors, company leaders, policymakers, researchers, and journalists will come together to discuss sustainable growth and define measures that will propel Europe’s innovation ecosystems to the next level.
Organized by the start-up-focused media outlet Tech.eu, attendees can expect top-quality journalism in topics, conversations, moderation, and terrific photography. The Tech.eu Summit is an exciting opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and issues affecting the tech and start-up industries.
ViennaUP, Vienna, 30 May-07 June 2023:
Experience Vienna’s “ecosystem of opportunity” at ViennaUP, where emerging businesses can explore a range of topics including Impact to Smart Cities, creative industries, life sciences, manufacturing, and more. The event is designed to be a decentralized experience, with investors and entrepreneurs from across the world meeting and networking at events throughout the city.
ViennaUP is a unique opportunity to check out the different faces and facets of the city while connecting with like-minded individuals in the start-up and tech industries. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to gain valuable insights into the latest trends and issues affecting the start-up and tech industries.
Perspektywy Women in Tech, Warsaw, 14-15 June 2023:
Celebrate the achievements of women in technology at the fifth international Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit. This conference provides an opportunity for female entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders to come together and tackle the challenges of inequality in the start-up world. The conference features an array of speakers, mentors, workshops, and much more, attracting over 10,000 participants from 84 different nations at the last event. Notably, it was also Poland’s first climate-positive event.
With the negative news surrounding declining investment in female founders, it’s crucial to have events like the Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit that provide a platform for women to connect, learn, and support one another. Join us at this groundbreaking event and help break records in promoting women’s achievements in the tech and start-up industries.
Hinterland of Things, Bielefeld, 14 June 2023:
Embrace innovative ideas and immerse yourself in an ecosystem of fascinating people at the Hinterland of Things Conference. This event provides a platform to challenge the status quo and take the path less traveled.
Featuring carefully curated material and outstanding speakers, the Hinterland of Things Conference is the go-to event in 2023 for those seeking to connect with thought leaders and like-minded individuals. The event features two stages and attracts the most sought-after speakers in the tech and start-up industries. This is a unique opportunity to connect with the global start-up community, network with investors, and learn from successful entrepreneurs.
start-up Fair, Vilnius, 7 September 2023:
Join the biggest start-up event in Lithuania, the start-up Fair, and discover the vibrant start-up ecosystem in this innovative country. Home to successful companies like Vinted and Nord VPN, Lithuania offers a unique opportunity to connect with incredible people, companies, investors, and other like-minded professionals.
The start-up Fair has become a must-attend event, attracting start-ups and investors from around the world. In 2021 and 2022, the event had the themes of “Recharge” and “Connect,” respectively. In 2023, the theme is “Adapt,” providing an opportunity to explore the latest trends and innovations in the start-up world.
Disraptors, Prague, October 2023:
The Disraptors Summit, formerly known as SWCSummit, is one of the key gatherings in the start-up and technology space. This event is set up by VCs, start-ups, NGOs, and corporates collaborating together to bring an amazing event home to Prague.
One of the highlights of the event is the start-up Champion battleground, where the finest start-up on the Old Continent is chosen to stand a chance for $500,000 USD possible investment, the title of the European Champion, international media attention, and a place in the Global Finale of start-up World Cup.
Sifted Summit 2023, London, October 2023:
Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Sifted Summit in London, where you’ll connect with over 3,000 of the best start-ups in Europe over two exciting days. This event promises to bring you the material you enjoy while providing close-knit networking and a curated agenda you won’t find anywhere else.
As a leading media brand in the start-up industry, Sifted has established a reputation for cutting through the noise with in-depth and critically-minded discussions of the start-up world. Its event aims to be innovative and challenge-focused, covering all facets of the tech and start-up industry, from establishing resilience in a downturn to addressing climate change and sustaining cohesion in hybrid workplaces.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from experienced founders, operators, and investors, network with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and issues affecting the start-up ecosystem. Join us at the Sifted Summit and discover why it’s one of the “unmissable” start-up events in Europe.
To conclude, from the largest conference for women in technology to the cutting-edge Sifted Summit in London, these events provide a platform for start-ups to connect, collaborate and learn from the best in the industry. Whether you’re looking to network, gain insights, or seek investment, there’s an event out there that caters to your needs.
Attending these events takes time and energy, so it’s crucial to make sure you choose the right ones that are worth your investment. From Vilnius’ start-up Fair to the Disraptors Summit in Prague, and Hinterland of Things Conference in Germany, each event offers a unique opportunity to explore different facets of the European start-up ecosystem.
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