Top 50 Startup Events & Conferences in 2021

Julia Ciaciek
Julia Ciaciek
Top 50 Startup Events & Conferences in 2021

2021. The year the vaccine was distributed widely and Virtual, Hybrid, and Live Startup Events and Conferences returned.

Here's to looking forward. To looking forward to a time when we can all be together again. Under one roof. In one room.

Here's to looking forward to all the intangables of live, in-person, events, and all the speakers, attendees, meetups, side events, and afterparties that make them everything that we love.

To get you started, here's our rundown of the Top 50 Startup Events & Conferences in 2021.

Did we miss some? Let us know about it!


Top startup conferences in January

Mobility Pioneer 2021

January 5, Virtual Event

#conference #mobility #e-mobility #transportation #infrastructure #data

Mobility Pioneer will showcase the greatest innovations in mobility for 2021, bringing together local and international governments, automotive companies, investors, and startups through panel discussions, live demos, presentations, and 1-1 meetings.​

The event will offer all sides of the mobility ecosystem a unique format to exchange ideas, discuss trends and future breakthroughs, and network for real business and investment opportunities.

CES 2021

January 11-14, Virtual Event

#exhibition #technology #consumer #healthcare #mobility #creative #entertainment #blockchain #DeepTech

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50+ years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

The all-digital CES 2021 will continue to be a platform to launch products, engage with global brands and define the future of the tech industry.

sTARTUp Day 2021

January 27-29, Tartu, Estonia (Hybrid)

#festival #technology #innovation #networking #collaboration #matchmaking

sTARTUp Day is bringing together startup-minded people to celebrate entrepreneurship, to discuss business, innovation and new technologies, share startup success stories and lessons learned.  

The two-day program is complemented with several pitching competitions, hands-on seminars with professionals and a large expo area where companies showcase their latest innovations.

In addition you can expect organized matchmaking to connect startups with investors, find future business partners and startup-corporate collaboration. The festival ends with an afterparty you don’t wanna miss.

Top startup conferences in February

Startup Grind Global Conference 2021

February 22-25, Online

#conference #technology #innovation #ecosystem

Presented by Startup Grind, the 2021 Global Conference will bring together startups from around the world. The new virtual and choose-what-you-pay model makes this year’s event more accessible for startups globally than ever before.

Join 15,000 others for conversation and collaboration around tech, startups, and the future of innovation.

SaaStock Remote 2021

February 23-25, Virtual Event

#conference #SaaS #costumer #product #sales #marketing #workplace

SaaStock hosts multiple conferences around the globe. The SaaStock Remote is Europe's most actionable conference for B2B SaaS founders, executives, and investors.

The two-day conference is filled with many satellite events, focused on the business of building and scaling B2B SaaS companies.

MWC Shanghai 2021

February 23-25, Shanghai, China (Hybrid)

#exhibition #consumer #DeepTech #industry #mobility #innovation #impact

The headline for MWC Shanghai 2021 is Connected Impact, showcasing how the entire digital ecosystem continues to transform our lives towards a safer and better world.

MWC Shanghai 2021 promises conversation guided by technology’s visionaries, networking opportunities to forge partnerships and a packed exhibition listing of technology that will define the future and advance your business strategy.

In addition the event offers the start-up business platform 5G IN where industry leaders, founders, funders and experts share their vision and latest developments in cutting edge technology.

Step Conference 2021

February (TBC), Dubai, UAE

#festival #technology #digital #innovation

Step started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and over 9 years has grown to become the largest tech festival in Dubai.

Step’s events bring the most influential tech and digital personalities on stage and draws attendance from hundreds of startups, exhibiting tech companies and brands, and a lively experience with entertainment and satellite events.

Top startup conferences in March

ChangeNOW Summit 2021

March 9-11, Paris, France (Hybrid)

#exhibition #sustainability #impact #DeepTech #agriculture #education #energy

ChangeNOW is all about concrete actions and innovations: climate change, end of plastic pollution, new forms of agriculture, new models of education, solutions to the refugee crisis, clean energy, sustainable cities, ... and other solutions to our most urgent global issues.

The 3-day event contains inspiring sessions with the pioneers of change in each field, pitch sessions of the most promising startups, dedicated exhibition areas and thematic networking meet-ups to connect with the players of the industry.

SXSW 2021

March 16-20, Austin, Texas, USA

#festival #creative #music #film #culture #art #technology

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology.

RISE 2021

March 25, Virtual Event

#conference #technology #consumer #marketing #data

RISE 2021 is produced by the team behind Web Summit and Collision – two of the largest and fastest-growing tech conferences on the planet.

Leaders from the world’s biggest companies and most exciting startups will come together at RISE. They’ll be joined by journalists from major global media outlets, hundreds of influential investors, and thousands of attendees for three days of unparalleled networking potential.

“The largest tech gathering in Asia” - CNBC

Wolves Summit 2021

March (TBC), Warsaw, Poland

#conference #technology #matchmaking #networking #cee

Founded in 2015 in Warsaw, Poland, the conference grew to become the largest tech event in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, Wolves Summit is best known for its matchmaking platform helping its attendees move the needle through meaningful connections.

Wolves Summit connects angel investors, VC funds, tech talent, and corporations with the most promising startups in the CEE region to help ambitious founders scale and foster international economic growth.

Top startup conferences in April

Hannover Messe 2021

April 12-16, Hannover, Germany (Hybrid)

#exhibition #industrials #DeepTech #logistics #materials #energy #mobility

Hannover Messe is the worlds leading fair for promoting industrial technologies worldwide. The event involves all core technologies and core areas in industries ranging from Research and Development to the mobility of technologies.

The event involves a wide variety of synergies offered by the professionals and experts. The event is considered as the industries global hotspot.

The Young Tech Enterprises area and presentation at Hannover Messe is giving dynamic new tech entrepreneurs a platform of their own.

Adobe Summit 2021

April 13-15, Virtual Event

#conference #consumer #advertising #marketing #creative #design #digital

The Digital Experience Conference is the premier event for digital marketers and advertisers to learn about and share key strategies for driving marketing innovation.

Attend Summit to learn how you can create, measure, and optimize digital experiences to revolutionize how the world engages with ideas and information.

TechChill 2021

April 30 - May 21, Riga, Latvia

#conference #technology #marketing #sales #health #education #digital

TechChill celebrates the best of the Baltic startup community by annually bringing together 2000+ attendees, including the fastest-growing startups, most innovative corporations, investors active in the region and talented tech enthusiasts.

TechChill 2021 will take place for 3 weeks, each week is dedicated to a different topic (content, networking, partners) including a dedicated day for activities in each week.

Top startup conferences in May

Podim 2021

May 17-19, Virtual Event

#conference #technology #innovation #networking #matchmaking

Podim is creating real value by bringing together and connecting renowned international investors, established corporations, and startups & scaleups from the Alps-Adriatic and Western Balkans regions.

To provide maximum quality of learning and networking, the event does not to accept more than 1,000 participants. Therefore, Podim is just the right size event to offer you easy access to personally meet top-notch speakers and get valuable time with investors, business executives, and other participants.

Podim is the gateway to and from the region for efficient networking, making deals, and sharing experiences.

Latitude59 2021

May 27-28, Tallinn, Estonia

#festival #digital #technology #matchmaking

Latitude59 is the flagship startup and tech event of the world’s first digital society.

Latitude59 is THE place to be for various networking opportunities, in-depth discussions with top international players, several pitching rounds for both startups as well as investors, and an overall chance to get together and reflect on the crazy strenuous months behind us and forge new plans for the future.

Startup Village 2021

May (TBC), Moscow, Russia

#conference #technology #DeepTech #healthcare #impact #sustainability

Startup Village is the largest startup conference in Russia and the CIS countries for technology entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Organized by Skolkovo, Startup Village is the best event to connect with the Russian market.

ECHELON Asia Summit 2021

May (TBC), Singapore, Singapore

#exhibition #technology #innovation #matchmaking #networking

Echelon is a technology event where you learn, discover and meet for opportunities across Asia’s emerging markets and ecosystem.

Over 200 exhibiting companies from Asia, showcasing the most innovative solutions and a piece of the action in the world’s fastest growing region.

With three stages featuring veteran and upcoming entrepreneurs, corporations, investors to shed light on today’s tech landscape insights in Asia, giving you insights on tech and business trends in the region.

Top startup conferences in June

InnoVEX 2021

June 2-4, Taipei, Taiwan

#conference #technology #innovation #ecosystem

InnoVEX first started in the 2016 COMPUTEX TAIPEI as a platform for startups and ICT professionals to meet, promote, and explore new business ventures and opportunities.

Held annually in Taipei; attending startups, manufacturers, and VCs will have opportunities to connect and establish partnerships. Event details include exhibitions, pitch contests, forum, product demonstrations, and matchmaking; all of which will be an excellent opportunity to see what the market has to offer.

CogX 2021

June 7-9, London, UK

#festival #DeepTech #AI #cloud #leadership

CogX is the the Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Breakthrough Tech.

Covering all 17 tracks of content, virtual meet-the-speaker breakout sessions, the vExpo and Startup Village, invite-only side events, roundtables, and speed networking for each vertical.

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual 2021

June 17, Virtual Event

#summit #technology #business #diversity #change

Dublin Tech Summit Virtual will draw the most influential tech and business leaders from across the world.

For one day, experts from over 70 countries will come together to share knowledge, debate the latest trends, and network, all from the live virtual event space.


VivaTech 2021

June 17 - 19, Paris, France (Hybrid)

#exhibition #technology #sustainability #mobility #innovation #impact

VivaTech became the largest startup event in Europe after 4 edition. It is the key meeting point for the French ecosystem, as well as a large number of international delegates, in particular from Africa and other French speaking countries.

VivaTech brings together people, from startups, corporates and VCs, to ignite growth, business transformation and positive change.

Collision 2021

June 21-24, Toronto, Canada

#conference #technology #academic #entertainment

The Collision Conference is  Canada’s biggest technology conference to date. Run by Web Summit, a company from Ireland that holds events across the globe, Collision hosts huge names in the business, academic, and entertainment spaces to talk about the role of technology in today’s world.

“Collision is one of the world’s biggest tech conferences.” – Bloomberg

"Collision buzzes with startup electricity." – HuffPost

4YFN 2021 + MWC Barcelona 2021

June 28 - July 1, Barcelona, Spain

#conference #exhibition #mobile #technology #digital

MWC collaborates with 4YFN to bring you one of the best startup conferences in 2021. The event brings together innovators, business leaders, and futurists to focus on a common theme, which this year is “Connected Impact”.

At the core of 4YFN 2021 will be keynotes by influencers and pioneers, discussions among top experts of the industry – as well as insightful startup pitches.

Pirate Summit 2021

June (TBC), Cologne, Germany

#conference #technology #networking #innovation

The PIRATE Summit 2021! "Europe's Craziest Startup Tech Conference" has been bringing international founders together with top-class investors and group representatives since 2011.

The demand for quality is a special trademark of the early-stage conference.

Each participant must apply for a ticket and is selected by hand by the staff. Finally, the number of participants is limited to 1,000 - an exclusive circle. In this way, the organizers ensure that the festival character of the PIRATE Summit will be maintained.

Top startup conferences in July

Startupfest 2021

July (TBC), Montreal, Canada

#festival #innovation #digital #technology

Startupfest is the largest startup event in Canada, boasting over 8000 attendees, and growing.

Founded in 2011, it has become the annual gathering at which entrepreneurs, investors, makers, large enterprises, industry veterans, and startup communities chart the course of technology entrepreneurship.

It features world-class content, from back-of-napkin ideas to champagne-popping exits, across three days of keynotes, interactive how-to sessions, thought-provoking predictions, and a healthy dose of irreverence.

Top startup conferences in August

SHIFT Business Festival 2021

August (TBC), Turku, Finland

#festival #intelligent #business #innovation #technology

SHIFT unites innovators and decision makers to develop intelligent businesses that will save the world.

Their aim is to make every business intelligent. That means being more sustainable while making a good profit, using the powers new technologies offer. SHIFT offers you the inspiration, network and tools to actualize the change.

The Festival hosts 3000 participants, for two days full of meaningful conversations, stage program, round-table discussions and workshops, in addition to several side events, networking sessions as well as after parties.

SaaStock LatAm 2021

August (TBC), Sao Paulo, Brazil

#conference #SaaS #technology #innovation #product #consumer #digital

Latin America’s most actionable conference for B2B SaaS founders, executives, and investors. SaaS leaders will gather to connect and share what they’ve learned about conquering the domestic market and taking their companies global.

With a world-class speaker line-up being added to every day, and content devised to maximize return for SaaS businesses, SaaStock LatAm is an unmissable opportunity for ambitious founders, execs, and investors from all over Latin America.

Top startup conferences in September

IAA 2021

September 9-12, Munich, Germany

#tradeshow #mobility #e-mobility #transportation #autonomous #smartcities

The IAA will have a new look at the new Munich venue and will be developed into a leading platform reflecting the entire new ecosystem of mobility.

From vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to technology companies, mobility service providers and local public transport, all the way to startups, the IAA in Munich will become the meeting place for innovators from Silicon Valley, Europe and as far away as Asia.

The fascination of the most advanced cars will continue to be an important part of the new IAA, and in addition the world’s leading trade show for the automotive sector will evolve into one of the driving forces for the further development of a major metropole into a “smart city” with intelligent traffic concepts and innovative connectivity between the modes of transport – sustainable and geared to people’s needs.

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021

September (TBC), San Francisco, USA

#conference #technology #innovation

TechCrunch Disrupt is five days of non-stop online programming with two big focuses: founders and investors shaping the future of disruptive technology and ideas and startup experts providing insights to entrepreneurs.

It is also a great event to connect with investors and ecosystem organizations from silicon valley and beyond.

Techsylvania 2021

September (TBC), Bucharest, Romania

#conference #technology #digital #product

Techsylvania is one of the largest technology events in Romania and among the most important in Eastern Europe, always being on the agenda of those who want to be one step ahead of trends and enrich their product, technology or business knowledge from leaders in the field.

Listen to disruptive technology speakers deliver insights into what the future may actually be like, be inspired by successful entrepreneurs that usually got where they are by making tons of mistakes, have coffee with investors, a beer with marketing professionals, or simply recharge your battery by socializing with your peers.

Intelligent Health 2021

September 8-9, Basel, Switzerland

Intelligent Health is the only large-scale, global summit series focused purely on AI in healthcare.

The event will bring the global AI and health community together and connect 54,000 clinicians, technologists and C-suite executives to create a future where AI will revolutionise health.

The two-day summit will advance discussions on how to apply AI and drive technological collaboration in healthcare.

Bits and Pretzels 2021

September (TBC), Munich, Germany

#festival #networking #technology #innovation #networking #matchmaking

Bits & Pretzels is one of the largest European founders festivals with an impressive speaker line up e.g Barack Obama, Eric Schmidt, etc.

The three-day festival connects 5,000 founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem. It usually takes place in a unique setting around the Oktoberfest in Munich.

Slush Shanghai 2021

September (TBC), Shanghai, China

#festival #technology #innovation #digital

The first Slush event in China was organized in Beijing in 2015, and ever since the local team has spread the movement to more cities making entrepreneurial waves in Shanghai, Nanjing and Shenzhen.

Slush Shanghai is the flagship event of Slush China, and it has grown to be the biggest and most international tech and startup event in China, bringing together entrepreneurs, top-tier investors, executives, and media in China and cross-borders.

Top startup conferences in October

DLD Tel Aviv Live Innovation Festival 2021

October 11-14, Tel Aviv, Israel

#festival #technology #innovation #digital #ecosystem

This is the event companies, startups, investors, entrepreneurs, and more look to for a peek at what's to come next for the international technology ecosystem.

This annual festival showcases the brightest minds in Israel and the world, involving a professional conference and side events, meetups, and parties, all dedicated to innovation in just about any sector you can think of.

TechSauce 2021

October (TBC), Bangkok, Thailand

#conference #Deeptech #smartcities #creative #health #food

Techsauce Global Summit is organized by Techsauce the leading startup media in Thailand.

The company is among the pioneers of the region’s startup scene and has more than 5 years experience in creating tech events that help to inspire, educate, connect and accelerate technology entrepreneurs in the Lower Mekong Region into the global stage.

The summit is a premium event that gathers participants from all over the world.

South Summit 2021

October (TBC), Madrid, Spain

#conference #technology #innovation #health #work

SOUTH SUMMIT is one one the leading startup conference in southern Europe, with a growing number of attendees coming from Latin America as well.

A platform created with the aim to bring together startups, international investors and leading corporations in the search for innovation.

World Summit AI 2021

October (TBC), Amsterdam, Netherlands

#conference #DeepTech #AI #ML #data

The world’s leading and largest AI summit gathers the global AI ecosystem of Enterprise, BigTech, Startups, Investors and Science, the brightest brains in AI as speakers every October in Amsterdam to tackle head-on the most burning AI issues and set the global AI agenda.

Also make sure not to miss the World AI Week (also organized by InspiredMinds!) taking place on the 20th - 21st of April. WAIW is the world’s only week dedicated to AI; a series of cutting edge AI business, science, tech and networking events.

Arctic15 2021

October (TBC), Helsinki, Finland

#conference #matchmaking #networking

Arctic15 is a matchmaking and networking event in the Nordics, which has been connecting people since 2011.

The 3-day event brings together a focused international crowd of startups, scaleups, investors, corporates and influencers and is extremely focused on startup matchmaking and showcases a very high number of investors, almost 50% of their participants in 2020.

Tech in Asia 2021

October (TBC), Singapore, Singapore

#conference #technology #people #finance #marketing #sales #product

Tech in Asia is a media, events, and jobs platform on a mission to build and serve Asia’s tech and startup community.

The annual tech and startup conference connects top minds, catalyzes opportunities and creates a high-value business community. It is specially created to catalyze business opportunities between Asia's top startups, CEOs, VCs, and conglomerates in public and private markets.

Africa Tech Summit 2021

October (TBC), London, UK

#conference #africa #technology #health #marketplace #networking

Africa Tech Summit London is the leading event series focused on African tech.

The three-day tech summit explore the latest trends, connect 600+ digital leaders, tech corporates, MNO’s, banks, investors, regulators, start-ups, creatives media and leading tech ventures from across Africa over an action-packed three days of insight, networking and entertainment.

TNW Conference 2021

October (TBC), Amsterdam, Netherlands

#conference #DeepTech #AI #sustainability #cybersecurity #retail #consumer

TNW Conference is a technology festival that brings together international technology executives, top-tier investors, and promising startups for two days of business and knowledge sharing – surrounded by some of the highest production values at any tech event on the planet.

TNW is Selected's Editor-in-Chief, Dan Taylor's favourite event of the year.

IdeaLab! 2021

October (TBC), Vallendar, Germany

#conference #innovation #networking

IdeaLab! – WHU Founders‘ Conference which is Europe’s leading student-run start-up conference will take place on the Vallendar campus of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Hosted in October every year, it sports a vast array of inspiring speakers, diverse participants and sponsors with unique networking opportunities.

Top startup conferences in November

Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2021

November (TBC), Paris, France

#conference #DeepTech #health #mobility #digital

The Hello Tomorrow Global Summit is a B2B event designed to connect key members of the deep tech global ecosystem: entrepreneurs, investors, large companies, researchers, accelerators & incubators, and media.

The Summit welcomes participants from 60+ countries to explore cutting-edge technologies across multiple sectors – from healthcare to aerospace.

The Global Summit differentiates itself from other major tech events by remaining a smaller sized event of 3,500 attendees in order to encourage real connection and collaboration between participants whilst still bringing together high-level attendees.

Slush 2021

November (TBC), Helsinki, Finland

#festival #DeepTech #innovation #ecosystem #sustainability #impact

Slush is a student-driven, not-for-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship.

Slush has grown from a single gathering in Helsinki to a series of events organized all around the world.  

The Main Event in Helsinki is the focal point for European and Asian startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international influencers, investors and media.

The two-day event brings together the leading tech scene in wintery Scandinavia, amidst one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world.

Startups Without Borders Summit 2021

November (TBC), London, UK

#technology #impact #innovation #leadership #digital

Startups Without Borders connects the most ambitious refugee and migrant entrepreneurs with resources to grow their business, while providing investors with an entry-point to under-the-radar startups with disruptive potential.

Tech Open Air 2021

November (TBC), Berlin, Germany

#festival #technology #work #life

The mission at Tech Open Air is to help people future-proof their businesses and their lives.

TOA is an annual interdisciplinary technology festival that takes place in Berlin, Germany.

It started in 2012 as the very first tech festival organized through crowdfunding. The festival has developed into a well-known tech conference in and out of Europe.

WILD Digital Southeast Asia Conference 2021

November (TBC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#conference #business #mobile #e-commerce #digital

Wild Digital is Southeast Asia's Premier Conference for digital entrepreneurs and investors.

Focusing on established regional online and mobile business, Wild Digital's fast paced format is the ideal environment to learn about the region's digital landscape and network with key internet players and investors.

Wild Digital offers attendees access to hundreds of millions of funding opportunities by meeting region's most prominent VC's and angels.

Top startup conferences in December

WebSummit 2021

December (TBC), Lisbon, Portugal

#conference #DeepTech #consumer #finance #health #mobility #sustainability

Web Summit is an internet technology conference held annually since 2009 and its visitors range from Fortune 500 companies to tech startups.

The content spans more than 30 topics, covering all industries touched by tech. Considered by Forbes Magazine to be “The best tech conference on the planet”.

The Big Score 2021

December (TBC), Ghent, Belgium

The Big Score is an international venture capital & corporate innovation sourcing B2B event.

Corporates presenting their tech challenges to impactful, B2B startups & scale-ups. Nominated startups & scale-ups pitching their solutions to growth stage investors & corporate sourcing profiles.

Whether it’s funding or business development; The Big Score guarantees a qualitative group of impactful startups and scale-ups, deep pocket investors & corporate innovators.


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