5 Global Events for Startups

Are you working in near parameters with your colleagues, on your personal computer, in a room that is your garage or closely resembles it? Congrats! That probably means you’re a passionate individual working together with other creative minds in what we call a Startup. In other words, the beginning phase of a business that started as an idea and just needed a sprinkle of brilliance along with determined individuals to bring it to life and pave the way to success.

So how do Startups go from working in garages to being noticed on a larger scale? Along with the help of the internet, startup conventions are being held all over the globe and they are packed with investors, influencers and entrepreneurs who are changing the world as we know it.

Some of the top 5 Startup events around the world are the following

1. Startup Weekend

According to the host of the 2014 NYC Startup Weekend the startup weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. Pretty impressive. It lasts for one weekend and has everything from pitching ideas, networking, getting coached from some of the top success stories in the business and more. Twitter: @StartupWeekend

2. Techweek

This tech/startup convention takes over a week once every year around the globe and is a great place to highlight any innovation while checking out what other cool innovations have been created. The conference prides itself on having a mixture of both startups, growth companies and established large businesses. This mixture creates a self-reinforcing cycle of innovation. Twitter: @TechweekCHI

Who attends Techweek? Check out the infographic below.


3. The Startup Conference

With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the largest conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press and more. It has a startup fair and competition where startups can actually launch day of and compete with others in their field for recognition and financial benefits. The conference is a hub for businesses in the startup world. Twitter: @alain94040

4. The Israel Conference

This conference expands to two days and features 75 stellar speakers from Israel-facing companies and is being held in Los Angeles, California this year. The diverse cross-section of innovation and design from Israel provides the attendees with a front-row seat to the technologies and products of tomorrow. Israel is getting more recognition in the startup world and with its connections with the rest of the world, it’s a great place for new startups to gain insight and experience. Twitter: @TheIsraelConf


5. Echelon

Asia’s biggest innovation conference is where industry leaders, leading investors, and business mentors share their insights to discuss trends in digital, mobile, web and where Asia’s tech industry is headed. A great place to mix and mingle with other statups and investors in a market that is growing by the minute, Asia’s tech and innovation market. Twitter: @e27co

Of course there are many more to be a part of. You can’t miss big names like the SXSW which is ideal for creative startups looking for a fan base, The Next Web which is a global conference all about tech and The Lean Startup Conference which is a top event in any entrepreneur’s calendar. Participating in these conferences allows startups to network with other like-minded individuals, learn new skills, learn about examples of trial and error in their field and check out their competition. It’s a great way to spread word of mouth and get some good advice while at it. Priceless.

Do you have a startup or are you in the process of creating one? Which tech/innovation event are you planning to attend to launch your idea?

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