European Tech Events 2016

Evolving selection of tech startup conferences & pitch events in 2016 with focus on the European entrepreneur and investor community

Stephan von Perger
Jan 5, 2015 · 5 min read

Additions and comments welcome below. It is worth noting that attending events does not alone improve the chances for success.

My impressions in italic.

2016 :

DLD (Digital Life Design) #dld16

17(Sun) – 19 January 2016
Munich (MUC), Germany
Tickets $$$ & apply
Attendees ~1,000
Great for big name speakers

Mobile World Congress #mwc16

22(Mon) – 25 February 2016
Barcelona (BCN), Spain
Tickets $$$
Attendees ~85,000
Great for meeting everyone vaguely related to the mobile ecosystem

Start Summit 2016

17(Thu) – 19 March 2016
St Gallen near Zurich (ZRH, FDH), Switzerland
Tickets $
Attendees ~600
Great for meeting entrepreneurial students

Pioneers Festival

24(Tue) – 25 May 2016
Vienna (VIE), Austria
Tickets $$
Attendees ~2,500
Great for Central European as well as hardware startups

TNW The Next Web

26(Thu) – 27 May 2016
Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands
Tickets $$
Attendees ~3,500
Great for meeting other entrepreneurs

HTGF Family Day

31(Tue) May – 01 June 2016
Bonn (CGN, FRA or DUS), Germany
Tickets $$ & invite only
Attendees 500+
Great for German startups

Heureka

07(Tue) June 2016
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~500
Great for Berlin startups

The Europas

14(Tue) June 2016
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~750
Great for networking

TOA Tech Open Air

13(Wed)-15 July 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees ~7,500
Great for less formal setup

Pirate Summit

06(Tue) – 07 September 2016
Cologne (CGN or DUS), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees ~1,000
Great for German and Central European startups

SaaStock

22(Thu) September 2016
Dublin (DUB), Ireland
Tickets $$ (€399 Earlybird — €749 Latebooker)
Attendees ~700

Next

22(Thu)–23 September 2016
Hamburg (HAM), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees >1,000
Great for meeting a wider group of digital people in Germany

Bits and Pretzels

25(Sun) – 27 September 2016
Munich (MUC), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees ~3,600
Great for meeting Munich-area entrepreneurs and the Oktoberfest

WHU Idealab

07(Fri)-08 October 2016
Vallendar near Koblenz (FRA, DUS or CGN), Germany
Tickets $ & apply
Attendees ~400
Great for meeting entrepreneurial students

Websummit

07(Mon)-10 November 2016
Lisbon (LIS), Portugal
Tickets $$
Attendees ~50,000
Great for meeting as many startups and VCs in one place as possible

Slush

30(Wed) November-01 December 2016
Helsinki (HEL), Finland
Tickets $$
Attendees ~15,000
Great for meeting Nordic startups and international investors

Techcrunch Disrupt Europe

03(Sat)-06 December 2016
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$
Attendees tbc
Great for meeting European investors and “launching” your startup on stage


Pirate Summit 2014

For reference, from 2015:

DLD (Digital Life Design) #dld15

18(Sun)-20 January 2015
Munich (MUC), Germany
Tickets $$$ & apply
Attendees ~1,000
Great for big name speakers

hy! demo

Last in Berlin, January, 2014

Seedcamp London

02(Mon)-05 February 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Great for meeting interesting founders and investors

Finovate Europe

10(Tue)-11 February 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$$
Attendees ~1,000
Great for fintech & non-stop pitching

Startup Europe Summit

12(Thu)–13 February 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets free & apply
Attendees tbc
Great for meeting politicians.

Techstars London (demo day)

20(Fri) February 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Great for meeting interesting founders and investors

Mobile World Congress #mwc15

02(Mon)–05 March 2015
Barcelona (BCN), Spain
Tickets $$$
Attendees ~85,000
Great for meeting everyone vaguely related to the mobile ecosystem

StartupCamp Berlin #scb15

13(Fri)–14 March 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $
Attendees ~1,000
Great for mingling with Berlin entrepreneurs

Unternehmertag Tegernsee

19(Thu)–20 March 2015
Tegernsee, 2 hrs from Munich (near MUC), Germany
Tickets tbc & apply
Attendees tbc
Great for meeting other investors

Start Summit 2015

17(Fri)-18 April 2015
St Gallen near Zurich (ZRH, FDH), Switzerland
Tickets $
Attendees ~600
Great for meeting entrepreneurial students

TNW The Next Web

23(Thu)–24 April 2015
Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands
Tickets $$
Attendees ~3,500
Great for meeting other entrepreneurs

Exec I/O Fintech

29(Wed) April 2015
Frankfurt (FRA), Germany
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~100
Great for fintech

Heureka

05(Tue) May 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~500
Great for German startups

ThingsCon

08(Fri)–09 May 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~400
Great for hardware and Internet of Things

Seedcamp Berlin

11(Mon)-13 May 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Great for meeting interesting founders and investors

Arctic15

26(Tue)–27 May 2015
Helsinki (HEL), Finland
Tickets $$
Attendees ~800
Great for Nordic startups

Pioneers Festival

28(Thu)–29 May 2015
Vienna (VIE), Austria
Tickets $$
Attendees ~2,500
Great for Central European as well as hardware startups

Noah Berlin #noah15

09(Tue)-10 June 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$$ & apply
Attendees ~1,600
Great for Germans and later stage companies

The Europas

16(Tue) June 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$ & apply
Attendees ~750
Great for networking

Founders Forum (London)

17(Wed)-19 June 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets free but need to be invited
Attendees ~150
Great for networking with other successful CEOs

HTGF Family Day

23(Tue)-24 June 2015
Bonn (CGN, FRA or DUS), Germany
Tickets $$ & invite only
Attendees 500+
Great for German startups

Thanks to whoever created this useful Google doc.

TOA Tech Open Air

15(Wed)-17 July 2015
Berlin (TXL and SXF), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees tbc
Great for less formal setup

Pirate Summit

02(Wed)–03 September 2015
Cologne (CGN or DUS), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees ~1,000
Great for German and Central European startups

Next

24(Thu)–25 September 2015
Hamburg (HAM), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees >1,000
Great for meeting a wider group of digital people in Germany

Bits and Pretzels

27(Sun)-29 September 2015
Munich (MUC), Germany
Tickets $$
Attendees ~3,600
Great for meeting Munich-area entrepreneurs and the Oktoberfest

WHU Idealab

08(Thu)-09 October 2015
Vallendar near Koblenz (FRA, DUS or CGN), Germany
Tickets $ & apply
Attendees ~400
Great for meeting entrepreneurial students

Websummit

03(Tue)-05 November 2015
Dublin (DUB), Ireland
Tickets $$
Attendees ~20,000
Great for meeting as many startups and VCs in one place as possible

Slush

11(Wed)-12 November 2015
Helsinki (HEL), Finland
Tickets $$
Attendees ~10,000
Great for meeting Nordic startups and international investors

Noah London #noah15

12(Thu)-13 November 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$$ & apply
Attendees tbc
Great for Germans and later stage companies

Techcrunch Disrupt Europe

07(Mon)-08 December 2015
London (LON), United Kingdom
Tickets $$
Attendees tbc
Great for meeting European investors and “launching” your startup on stage

Leweb (Paris)

Last in Paris, December, 2014; no event planned in 2015.


Some good points by Mark Suster on launching your product at a conference here.

Additions and thoughts are welcome!

@vonperger

Slush 2014

Stephan von Perger

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Working on something new — Previously CEO @Zenjobcom, @WellingtonVC, @Citymapper, @McKinsey; studied CompSci @UniofOxford