The disagreements that arise from the debate surrounding remote work and office work, hybrid models that combine the two, or the newest concept of ‘liquid office‘, disappear completely when it comes to discussing the benefits of attending events in person. In that case, the verdict is unanimous: the presence of startups and entrepreneurs at tech events is key to expanding their network of contacts. For this reason, in this post we will compile the main startup fairs and tech events that every entrepreneur should mark in their calendar.

In the same way that the option of working remotely is already a reality at the vast majority of startups, either due to their own company culture or so as not to lose the battle to attract talent, we can also see consensus among investors, founders and managers on the desirability of attending tech events in person. Especially in a context where there are fewer and fewer physical meetings and opportunities to work on personal relationships with venture capitalists, clients and partners that help the company advance to the next level.

The inspirational component of attending talks and presentations by leading figures in the tech and innovation world must also be positively recognised, or the motivating effect that getting out of their daily routine has on attendees, many of them startup employees. After all, ‘companies are the people who make them up’.

So, open your calendar and block your availability for these 10 tech events for startups and entrepreneurs that you can’t miss. See you there!

 

South Summit

The flagship event of southern Europe’s innovation ecosystem celebrated its tenth edition in 2022 in Madrid. Valencian talent stood out with Zeleros, named the most disruptive startup of the competition, usually held in parallel to the talks, networking and other activities of the event. The overall winning startup was the fintech Payflow.

One of the special features that South Summit has recently incorporated is the holding of satellite events throughout the year. More precisely, its health and wellness vertical was the side event that Valencia hosted in 2021, as the fastest growing tech ecosystem at the national level and because of the consolidation of the region as the third leading innovation hub in Spain, in addition to the pronouncement of Valencia as the healthiest city in the world for the second year in a row.

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If you can’t wait until 2023 to return to South Summit, there is a satellite event to be held this year in Bilbao on the 10th and 11th of November.

 

TNW

If you are an entrepreneur or startup based in Spain and want to make international contacts, for many the key event in Europe is The Next Web Conference.

With an atmosphere resembling more that of a festival rather than a trade fair, the event, held in Amsterdam every year, is coming to Valencia on the 30th and 31st of March of 2023, thus establishing a new connection with our city.

This must-attend event, promoted by the Financial Times, will make it possible to discover the main tech trends and get a close-up look at the companies that will shape the world to come. If you don’t believe it, just take a look at the summary of this year’s edition.

 

Web Summit

The Iberian Peninsula boasts some of the main European startup hubs such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and, on the west coast, Lisbon. The capital of a startup nation such as Portugal also hosts one of the most important tech events on the continent: the Web Summit.

The Lisbon event is expected to welcome more than 70,000 attendees and has already confirmed the attendance of speakers from Y Combinator, Amazon, Revolut, Jeeves, Miro and Binance. Even the legendary Juventus FC player Alessandro Del Piero, ambassador of Socios.com, is among the speakers at the Web Summit.

The next edition of the Web Summit, which will take place from the 1st of November to the 4th, is one of the few events left on the 2022 calendar.

 

4YFN (MWC)

4YFN began almost as an anecdote next to the Mobile World Congress, a kind of satellite event to showcase tech-based and highly innovative projects, at that time when the concept of a ‘startup’ was not so common. However, over the years the Barcelona event has sculpted its own identity and many people have come to prefer it over the MWC, which instead focuses on showcasing the latest generation of devices and major tech advances.

In 2023, 4YFN will be held from the 27th of February to the 2nd of March. It is undoubtedly, along with South Summit, one of the events to which the Valencian startup ecosystem travels en masse. If you are a Valencian entrepreneur or startup and you are planning to attend 4YFN, maximize the return on your attendance by relying on your local network to open more doors and generate new connections.

 

VivaTech 

By number of attendees and size of the venue, the flagship event of the French startup ecosystem is also the most attended in Europe, although with less experience, having held six editions to date. 

In 2023 it will coincide with TNW, so you will have to choose between one of the two major events on the Old Continent. If you opt for Paris, in addition to VivaTech it is advisable to visit one of the largest startup campuses in the world: Station F.

 

DES Malaga 

Andalusia’s main tech and innovation hub is in Malaga and the Digital Enterprise Show is its flagship event.

Last June’s edition was attended by Barack Obama, who spoke about the four-day workweek in his conference, along with other issues and speakers.

During the celebration of this tech event, the Valencian entrepreneurial ecosystem played a key part and was represented by Startup Valencia, which hosted in its space all the Valencian startups that attended the event with the aim of strengthening the positioning of the Valencian Community as the third leading tech hub in Spain and showcasing the talent of our region. 

 

eMerge 

The eMerge Americas ecosystem turns Miami into the tech center of America every year and represents a unique opportunity to promote innovation and investment in Florida and Latin America.

Its seventh edition, held on the 18th and 19th of April, focused on topics such as cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and the FinTech and e-Health sectors. It also featured three thematic congresses on e-government, Women, Innovation and Technology, and Investors Summit. 

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The most important tech event in Miami was attended by seven Valencian startups this year that, accompanied by Startup Valencia, sought new launch and investment opportunities and pitched to internationally recognized investors. 

 

TOA Berlin 

Much more than just tech, the flagship event of the German entrepreneurial ecosystem shares with TNW that festival spirit that facilitates networking and inspires its attendees to, as its slogan says, become futureproof.

Europe’s most alternative tech event, held in Berlin of course, is also a perfect opportunity to get to know Silicon Allee, the entrepreneurial community of the German capital.

The most interesting talks, presentations and round tables from past editions can be found on its Youtube channel

 

We Make Future 

The international tech event We Make Future was held from the 16th to the 18th of June this year in Rimini, Italy, with the aim of pushing for a better future through the promotion of digital education, innovation and the boosting of cooperation between social, economic and social actors.

This tenth edition once again brought together the world of innovation in an international context and focused on robotics as the main theme.

An event that also had representation of the Valencian tech and innovation ecosystem by the hand of Valencian startups that had their own space at the event

 

Valencia Digital Summit 

The fifth edition of the international tech event of the Valencian innovation ecosystem organized by Startup Valencia, will be held from the 24th to the 26th of October at the City of Arts and Sciences. Under the slogan ‘Inspiring the Good Future‘, Valencia Digital Summit (VDS) will showcase how technology, innovation and digitalization are building a better future and why they are fundamental in tackling the major social and economic challenges facing society. 

At VDS2022, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to showcase their projects to the more than 10,000 people from over 35 countries expected to attend this year. The event will also feature over 300 presentations by renowned national and international speakers and will bring together 250+ investors, 150+ corporations and 1,500+ startups. 

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Spain’s leading investment funds and internationally recognised funds such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, Cocoa and Elaia, which together add up to a portfolio of more than €6 billion to invest for next year, have already confirmed their participation in VDS2022. 

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