Attending the right events can help young entrepreneurs to find future employees, co-founders, business partners and sometimes even investors who are willing to fund their dreams.
Perhaps you would be interested to mark these events in your agenda:
The Next Web /Amsterdam, the Netherlands/
Dates: April 24-25
One of the biggest tech conferences in Europe with well known speakers expected is the perfect conference for networking, parties and dealmaking.
Accelerate@HHL Entrepreneurship Conference /Leipzig, Germany/
Dates: May 9-10
HHL students will invite high-potentials from all over the world. Top speakers, great sponsors, and distinguished entrepreneurs will meet to discuss: Big Data…Now?! – Challenges and Opportunities at Present and in the Future. Speeches, panel discussions, a career fair, and plenty of more networking opportunities such as fireside chats and an evening get-together will provide the opportunity to meet people and exchange opinions.
DigitalK 2014 /Sofia, Bulgaria/
Dates: May 29-30
DigitalK is the leading SEE technology event. It is a must-attend gathering of 900+ startup founders, investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Webinale /Berlin, Germany/
Dates: June 1-4
The Berlin based event with the claim “the holistic web conference” offer you the opportunity to network and the possibility to learn some practical tips from great speakers and panel discussions.
The Europas 2014 /London, UK/
Dates: June 10
Founded by Mike Butcher in 2009, The Europas are the premier awards for Europe’s hottest tech startups. While it concentrates on the newest companies on the scene, it also brings together the mid and late stage technology startups, as well as leading investors and media in the EMEA region. It’s a genuine, editorially-driven, independent awards, judged by peers from the startup and investor community. The Awards celebrates the most forward thinking, progressive and innovative tech companies across over some 20+ categories. Startups can apply for an award or be nominated by someone else, a shortlist is selected by a panel of judges, followed by public peer voting and then a final ruling by the judges.
Bitspiration 2014 /Krakow, Poland/
Dates: June 12-13
Biggest e-business stars and new technology trends.
Connected Conference 2014 /Paris, France/
Dates: June 18-19
Hosted by Rude Media, European publisher of the Rude Baguette — the first English-language technology authority on the French startup ecosystem — the Connected Conference will gather international technology innovators and visionaries to discuss subjects including the future of connected hardware, the internet of things, open source hardware, 3D printing, and hardware-enabled software.
Angel.me Summit 2014 /Brussels, Belgium/
Dates: June 19
A one-day immersion of digital strategy, perspectives, examples and learnings.
RE.WORK Technology Summit 2014 /Berlin, Germany/
Dates: June 19-20
RE.WORK is a platform of events bringing together breakthrough technology, cutting-edge science and entrepreneurship shaping the future of business and society. Leading technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry leaders come together to share case studies, research and technological innovations to integrate cutting-edge technology and science into our lives.
Tech Open Air 2014 /Berlin, Germany/
Dates: July 16-17
Tech Open Air is a two-day Tech, Music, Art and Science Festival.
Game Developers Conference – GDC Europe 2014 /Cologne, Germany/
Dates: August 11-13
The GDC Europe will be held in conjunction with gamescom, the leading European consumer show, creating a full week of activity and opportunity for the games industry. This confluence of industry professionals allows GDC Europe to address the development community at a central location in the heart of Europe, and command the critical mass of the European games sector. GDC Europe is the essential platform for learning, inspiration and networking for the creators of computer, console, handheld, mobile, social, and online games in Europe.
Pirate Week 2014 /Cologne, Germany/
Dates: September 1-5
The Pirate Summit represents true grassroots entrepreneurship: real, authentic and crazy. Pirate Summit is the place to celebrate entrepreneurship. You get to meet experienced as well as upcoming founders, high-profile investors and entrepreneurial rockstars. During pirate week more than 2.000 entrepreneurs, developers, investors, bitcoin-geeks and corporate executives are expected.
Spain Startup – The South Summit 2014 /Madrid, Spain/
Dates: October 8-10
Spain Startup organizes one of the leading startup conferences in the South of Europe where the best talent from the Mediterranean and Latin America meet the leading investors and most innovative companies from around the world.
IDCEE 2014 /Kyiv, Ukraine/
Dates: October 9-10
IDCEE is a high-scale international gathering of investors, startups, IT-companies looking for an entry point to the emerging markets of CEE.
EU Code Week (2014) /various cities, EU/
Dates: October 11-17
A series of coding events around Europe. The aim is to make coding more visible and bring motivated people together to learn the basis of programming. The first EU Code Week took place in November 2013 and featured over 300 coding events involving more than 10,000 people in 26 European countries. The initiative has attracted the support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and Rails Girls and of major tech and IT companies who are all helping bring coding to millions of children for example by offering coding taster sessions, developing learning modules and helping to train teachers.
TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 /London, UK/
Dates: October 20-21
TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the iconic startup and thought leadership events in Europe. Each day starts with panels and one-on-one chats featuring TechCrunch writers and editors, special guest speakers, leading venture capitalists and fascinating entrepreneurs addressing the most important topics facing today’s tech landscape. Each afternoon, TechCrunch hosts the Startup Battlefield competition which culminates in six finalists taking the stage at the end of the event for a shot at winning the Disrupt Cup.
Slush /Helsinki, Finland/
Dates: November 18-19
Slush is the meeting point for startups from Europe and Asia and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors and media. In 2013, Slush gathered 7000 attendees and 1200 companies from 68 countries.
LeWeb /Paris, France/
Dates: December 09-11
LeWeb is probably Europe’s biggest Internet focused conference. Founded in 2004 by French entrepreneurs Loïc and Geraldine Le Meur, LeWeb is an internationally-renowned conference for digital innovation where visionaries, startups, tech companies, brands and leading media converge to explore today’s hottest trends and define the future of internet-driven business.