Planning for the weeks ahead? Join women entrepreneurs who rock the world, stop by a startup conference to schmooze VC’s and and join Tony Conrad, Mark Ecko and Megan Casey in Silicon Prarie.
Mark your calendars, pack your bags, and book your flights — it’s entrepreneurship conference season! Here are 10 upcoming entrepreneurship events you can’t afford to miss:
1. Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World – May 8-9, 2013 (New York, NY)
The Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World Conference, held by Savor the Success, is an annual two-day conference focused on enhancing the lives and businesses of women entrepreneurs. The business network, comprised of female entrepreneurs, aims “to inspire women entrepreneurs to ‘have it all’ through entrepreneurship, which creates a flexible lifestyle and also creates jobs for Americans.”
Workshops will cover various aspects of entrepreneurship, from developing essential leadership qualities to increasing productivity and improving business operations. This year’s theme, “You CAN Have it All,” will include guest speakers: Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt.com, Colleen DeBaise of Entrepreneur Magazine, JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC’s Your Business, and more.
2. The Startup Conference – May 30, 2013 (Redwood City, CA)
The Startup Conference, one of the largest conferences in Silicon Valley, will host nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs seeking insight on all things startup related, including how to launch a product, pitch to VCs, and find co-founders.
This year’s conference will also feature a Startup Pitch Competition, where selected entrepreneurs receive the opportunity to pitch their startups to notable VCs for the opportunity to gain seed funding for their startup. Speakers have not yet been announced.
3. Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, “When, Where and How to Get Investors For Your Startup” – April 16, 2013 (Chicago, IL)
The Chicago-based event series, Entrepreneurs Unpluggd “seeks to create an intimate, engaging environment for entrepreneurs to learn actual lessons from actual experiences.” The series, created by serial entrepreneur and FeeFighters founding member, Stella Fayman and journalist Tim Jahn, will feature three keynote speakers: Sonali Lamba of BrideSide.me, Uzi Shmilovichi, founder and CEO of Base, and Troy Henikoff, managing director of TechStars Chicago.
4. Big Omaha – May 8-10, 2013 (Omaha, NE)
Held in “Silicon Prarie,” Big Omaha will host it’s annual large-scale conference to connect entrepreneurs to some of the nation’s top innovators in a relaxed atmosphere. This year’s event will be held in the Kaneko space of Old Market.
Speakers will include Tony Conrad, founder of about.me and Sphere; Marc Ecko, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Ecko Enterprises; and Megan Casey, Co-founder of Squidoo and founder of Pack. Some events are open to the public, while others are reserved for paid attendees.
5. San Francisco Small Business Week – May 13-18, 2013 (San Francisco, CA)
The San Francisco Small Business Week is an educational and networking opportunity for the small business community of the San Francisco area, attracting nearly 4,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors and community leaders. The eighth annual conference offers several networking opportunities during the week such as mixers and an awards ceremony. The day-long conference offers 50 free workshops and seminars to small business owners to choose from.
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