SaaStock is coming home to Dublin with a bang on Oct 17-21. We interviewed SaaStock's Jessica Ramesh to find out what she & her team are most excited about this year's event!
SaaStock’s Startup Program offers the opportunity for SaaS startups to partner with your event and amplifies their visibility. What else can applicants look forward to throughout the process?
The Startup Program is a launchpad for early-stage SaaS startups to get the reach and visibility of leading SaaS VCs and investors, alongside the main program and expert-led workshops.
As part of the program, participating startups get wider exposure from the SaaS VC ecosystem through our Global Pitch Competition, designed to take their SaaS from ideation to realization and fund their growth.
Between 2018 and 2019, over 300 startups passed through our Startup Program worldwide and benefited from the power of our network.
Some of the biggest trends in SaaS are sustainable revenue and talent concentration. How is SaaStock planning to address these during this year’s conference?
The "growth at all costs" era has ended. Building sustainable revenue and maximizing efficiency is one of our key themes for SaaStock 2022. Some of the world’s leading SaaS voices will be in Dublin in October, unveiling how to generate sustainable revenue and why building your SaaS company upon the strongest foundations possible is the key to longevity.
The race to recruit and retain top talent is one challenge the European tech ecosystem has faced for some time. At SaaStock 2022, each of our four main stages will be hosting content dedicated to this very topic. With sessions on leveling up your company culture to maximizing employee lifetime value, our stages will showcase practical insights by speakers from unicorn companies all the way to bootstrapped start-ups.
SaaStock promotes “Human connections, not just meetings”. What are the differences in networking for your conference that sets it apart from others?
This year, SaaStock will be like no other SaaS conference. We’re working really hard behind the scenes to make this the most impactful conference for SaaS founders, execs, and investors by providing a number of face-to-face networking opportunities.
This includes our dedicated event app which will be launched closer to the event and that’ll allow attendees to pre-book meetings with their peers. For a full breakdown, check out our blog post.
In addition to the SaaStock conference, you offer SaaS.City and SaaSociety. Can you give potential attendees a quick rundown of what these events are all about?
SaaS.City is a series of focused workshops structured to facilitate learning and networking. They take place across a variety of venues throughout Dublin and are an upgraded experience open to SaaStock ticket holders only.
These pre-event boot camps offer advanced-level mentoring in intimate hands-on workshops that deep-dive into specific business challenges. You’ll take part in a structured, peer-driven learning environment and leave equipped with practical solutions, frameworks, and methodologies to overcome any obstacle.
SaaSociety is a VIP, application-only retreat that brings together 60 scaling SaaS founders with a minimum of $5 million in ARR.
This two-day retreat allows founders to round up the main conference with opportunities to reflect, build meaningful connections with peers, and work on their business instead of in their business.
Taking place at Castle Leslie’s 5-star rated estate, SaaSociety promises an impactful, quality experience for attendees to network in roundtable sessions, and enjoy outdoor activities such as horse riding, whiskey tasting, golf, or off-car road driving (to name a few!) and connect with peers at a gala dinner.
There is also the "Investock" program that SaaStock is curating for investors and VCs. What can they expect from this experience and what are the advantages of joining?
Investock is a one-day event that brings together the most influential SaaS investors from international funds to connect together on an annual basis.
This network-focused event allows the investor community to collaborate with one another on topics such as deal flow, leading an investment round, best processes for closing rounds, the current market climate, and more. Investock gives attendees the unique opportunity to have six months' worth of meetings in one day with peers, partners, and funds.
Taking place this year at the Aviva Stadium on 17 October, attendees can also expect select content featuring a special guest from the investor and partnership world.
Lastly, this is the first year SaaStock will be back to Dublin after 2 years of remote/virtual events! How do you feel about returning to RDS in Dublin and what have you learned from running several online events throughout the pandemic?
We’re absolutely thrilled to be returning to the RDS! To think that SaaStock had started as a small gathering back in 2016 and we’re now at a point where we’ll be bringing 5000+ SaaS founders, execs and investors together is our biggest motivation.
We’re so happy to hear from our community that they’re ready to meet in person again after a few years of online events and virtual gatherings. Those were definitely a challenge but we pivoted at the right time and helped keep the community together during an extremely difficult time.
We learned the importance of community and really stuck to our roots.