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13 startup conferences entrepreneurs can’t miss in 2023

Is there anything budding entrepreneurs, venture capital moguls, and angel investors enjoy more than a global conference focused on tech startups? Probably not. The world of events is starting to open up again, and it’s time for anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit to whip out their agenda and start planning their conference road trip.

Whether you’re an aspiring fintech founder, a superstar artificial intelligence developer, or just an aficionado of the startup community, here’s a list of the top entrepreneurship and startup events to attend in 2023:

CES 2023

January 5th -8th, 2023

Las Vegas, USA
las vegas

Lauded as the most influential tech event in the world, CES 2023 promises to bring back all of the learning and networking opportunities it has become known for. The conference will cover a range of topics, from 5G and the Internet of Things to digital marketing, self-driving cars, cryptocurrency, space technology, food technology, and more. This global expo promises to bring together some of the greatest minds in tech from around the world. You won’t want to miss it!

One Giant Leap Event

February 6th-9th, 2023

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh tower

Under the theme Into New Worlds, this year’s second edition of the One Giant Leap event will consider everything from cyberspace to literally reaching for the stars. Fintech, future energy, retail, smart cities, and more, are just a few of the topics that will be covered at this year’s One Giant Leap Event in Riyadh. With keynote speakers from Relativity Space, West Ham United, Ericsson, Mastercard, Nokia, and more entrepreneurs will want for nothing at this future-forward startup conference. They’ll even have the chance to hear from a legendary football player and tech investor Thierry Henri!

4YFN at Mobile World Congress

February 27th – March 2nd, 2023

Barcelona, Spain
barcelona

Four Years From Now, or 4YFN for short, is the Mobile World Congress‘ unmissable startup conference that will this year focus on creative minds, founders, and investment and CVC. Hosted within the broader tech summit, this event includes a startup competition aimed at finding the best startups and scale-ups from around the world. Learn from international thought leaders and attend networking events both at 4YFN and at the MWC itself at one of the largest tech conferences on the continent.

Startup Grind

February 28th – March 2nd, 2022

Silicon Valley, United States
San Francisco views

Both a live and online event, Startup Grind is one of the most renowned startup conferences in North America. Powered by Microsoft for Startups, this event is a great opportunity for large-scale and early-phase startups to come together, meet investors, exchange ideas, and participate in workshops. This year’s focus will be on building deeper connections that bring humanity back into focus and developing a human-first approach to serving the consumer. Attendees will learn from business leaders from international companies.

SXSW 2023

March 10th – 19th, 2023

Austin, USA
Austin texas

The ultimate conference for digital creatives, this event focuses on the most innovative breakthroughs that are happening in the world of technology, film, culture, and music. New sessions are being introduced this year to focus on design, the tech industry, and food! This year’s featured sessions will include conversations on data privacy in the post-Roe v. Wade world, design for a better future, and digital identity as a human right. If you’re building a startup in the world of glitz and glamour and want to be surrounded by stars, influencers, investors, and all-around entertainment industry experts, this is the place to go.

Startup Grind Global

April 11th – 12th, 2023

Silicon Valley, USA

Attend in-person or join as an online event, Startup Grind’s Global Conference is one of the most renowned startup conferences worldwide. Thousands of large-scale and early-phase startups will have the opportunity to come together, meet investors, exchange ideas, and participate in workshops. Past speakers have included business leaders from international companies like Alphabet, Zoom, Bloomberg, Y Combinator, Slack, Google, WhatsApp, and many more. This year’s conference promises to offer no less!

World Summit AI Americas

April 19th – 20th, 2023

Montreal, Canada
views of montreal

Looking to be on the cutting edge of business, science, and technology? The World Summit AI Americas is the place to go to meet some of the brightest minds in the world of artificial intelligence and big data to discuss relevant topics like ethics, trust, privacy, and scalability. Listen to speakers from Google Brain, Coursera, and AWS, to name a few. You’ll even get the chance to listen to a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science from New York University! It’s a must-attend event for anyone hoping to make it big in the world of AI in North America.

London Tech Week

June 12th – 16th, 2023

London, United Kingdom

London Tech Week is back for its 10th anniversary! This week-long festival is a celebration of technology and a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to immerse themselves in how technology is transforming business and society. The event is supported by some of the industries leading companies, including Channel 4, Snap Inc, Microsoft UK, Amazon, Calm, Metam and many more. What are you waiting for? Book your ticket today!

Viva Tech

June 14th – 17th, 2023

Paris, France

One of Europe’s biggest tech events, Viva Tech is the place to be at the intersection of business and innovation. Each year, business leaders, startups, investors, researchers, and innovators fly to Paris to ignite positive change. With countless keynote speeches, seminars, and networking opportunities, VivaTech is a catalyst for digital transformation and startup growth. Book your tickets early – it does tend to sell out!

Dublin Tech Summit

June 15th – 16th, 2023

Dublin, Ireland
dublin city centre

Home to the European HQs of companies like Google and Facebook, Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks have been renamed the Silicon Docks for good reason. The Irish capital is awash with tech companies, and it’s no surprise that the city now boasts one of Europe’s most influential tech and entrepreneurship conferences. Whether you’re building a SAAS company, developing the latest thing in IoT, or have a great idea to rock the world of e-commerce, there’s something at this conference for everyone.

hub.berlin Conference

June 28th – 29th, 2023

Berlin, Germany
Berlin tower

If you’re trying to figure out what the coolest technology conference with a focus on startups is, look no further. hub.berlin is all about turning digitization into reality through exciting workshops, live tech exhibitions, and networking events, all set against the backdrop of mind-bending digital art. And this event is more than just a top startup conference, it’s also a great place to go for a good time! Side events include pub crawls, tech playgrounds, escape rooms, and more. Not to mention that you get the chance to have one-on-one chats with speakers from some of the world’s most renowned technology companies. It’s definitely one for the books.

Web Summit 

Dates TBC

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon

Undoubtedly one of Europe’s most prominent tech conferences, Web Summit returns to the Portuguese capital each year. The Wall Street Journal called this three-day event the place where “the giants of the web assemble”, and any startup founder or CEO worth their salt will want to be there. With industry leaders from companies like Apple, Mars, Facebook, and Spotify, this event represents a world of opportunities to learn from the best in the business.

Slush

Dates TBC

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki

Celebrated as the world’s leading event for the startup ecosystem, Slush brings together founders and investors for two days of networking, keynotes, demo showcases, roundtables, mentor sessions, and an epic afterparty. The event takes networking to the next level through its Matchmaking Tool, where you can browse who will be attending in advance of the event and organize meetups with them. Don’t forget to explore Soaked by Slush, the event’s online publication offering the best advice and tips for entrepreneurs in the modern world.

If you want to learn more about the best tech conferences to attend in Europe in 2023, check out this article.