As you know one of the biggest challenges for startups is getting in front of investors and ideal customers. Fortunately there are a variety of local meetups and global conferences where founders can grow their network, find investors and gain media and consumer attention.
Here is a look at four of the largest global tech conferences that you can (and should) attend this year.
Date: September 5–7th
Location: San Francisco, California
General Admission: $2,995*
TechCrunch Disrupt is home to the famous Startup Battlefield, where early stage startups compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. Battlefield alumni have collectively raised over $6.9 billion.
The annual conference also features the 24 Hour Hackathon, Startup and Hardware Alley, where founders meet with investors and raise the money. “According to a recent CrunchBase study, startups who exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2016 have cumulatively raised over $13M since exhibiting.”
There’s also an opportunity to engage in press interviews and attend side events and after parties to make more connections. If you’re an entrepreneur, tech enthusiast, or investor, then this conference for you. *Based on 2017 rates.
Date: May 24–25th
Location: Amsterdam , The Netherlands
General Admission: € 199.00 – € 645.00*
From personal experience, I can say this conference is an amazing place to make connections and identify business partners. This year, 15,000 people will join TNW to raise the bar for technology and business innovation.
TNW’s festival format offers the perfect networking environment. The conference also offers inspirational keynotes from leading entrepreneurs, like Tim Ferris, best-selling author of The 4–Hour Workweek and Julia Hartz, co-founder of Eventbrite to Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb and Digg co-founder, Kevin Rose. *Rates reflect Early Bird pricing.
Date: December 4-5th
Location: Helsinki , Finland
General Admission: € 395.00 – € 895.00*
You may think that -6°C in Finland will be too cold. But Slush, a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship, is blazing hot!
Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush is known for its unique energy and enthusiasm for the world-wide startup community.
I attended Slush in 2016 and made a lot of new connections. Slush is designed to facilitate founder and investor meetings and catalyze the global entrepreneurship ecosystem. In Helsinki, an estimated 17,000 global attendees will gather this year’s conference.
By the way, Slush, also offers a special speaker studio where you can share your questions with industry leaders. There’s also a special stage for a startup competition where startups pitch for investment funds and founders can get some face time with investors. *Based on 2017 rates.
Date: July 9–12th
Location: Hong Kong
General Admission: $375–$24,680*
Dubbed the largest and most exciting tech conference in Asia, by Forbes, Rise hosts an estimated 20,000 global attendees, 300+speakers and more each year. Entrepreneurs, startups, investors and the press converge at this annual startup conference to connect with change agents and capital.
Most of the speakers lead Asian tech companies, however, they do include speakers from Europe and the U.S. too. Like most tech conferences, you can register to present your startup at the exhibitor floor as a part of ALPHA 2018. Selected participants receive 3 tickets, access to Investor Office Hours, Mentor Hours, Startup workshops, roundtables and more.
Which conferences will you attend this year?
This article has been edited.
Hayk Yaghubyan is a serial entrepreneur, digital marketer and web developer. Throughout the 5 years of his career, he has helped many startups to grow. Also, Hayk loves attending the largest tech conferences. Connect with @haykoyaghubyan on Twitter.