European Tech Events 2016

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

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