5 of The Best Upcoming Tech + Startup Conferences for Entrepreneurs


Attending conferences in your current or adjacent fields can have a huge impact on your professional development. You can get up to speed on the latest changes and developments in your field, listen to inspiring keynotes from the top names, and network with other professionals and entrepreneurs. Not all conferences are created equal, however, and since most conferences have a steep price tag, knowing which conferences will benefit you the most is critical. We’ve found 5 conferences that will give you a ton of bang for your conference buck and keep you on top of industry news!


Tech Week

Various Dates

Techweek is a week-long technology conference for entrepreneurs, tech startups, and thought leaders to share ideas and industry news. What started in Chicago as an expo to showcase and support Chicago’s emerging tech ecosystem has grown into a national tech and entrepreneur conference that draws an attractive demographic of millennials, startups, and corporate representatives. Now traveling all around the country, Techweek offers a Summit of keynotes and speakers, a startup competition called Launch, an Entrepreneur Expo, a CEO/Startup Exclusive gathering titled the Founder’s House, and much much more to those in the tech industries.

While many of the Techweek 2016 Expo dates have come and gone, there are upcoming 2016 dates in Kansas City, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami. Techweek also makes many of its past keynotes and speakers available for web listening on its homepage, so you can sample a few talks and get a feel for what to expect before you attend. Interested? Visit them at techweek.com.



March 10-19, 2017

Almost everyone has at least heard of SXSW in Austin, Texas, a creative-based conference specifically aimed at “celebrating the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” Entrepreneurs and startups in any industry related to interactive development, media, film, and music would benefit greatly from all that SXSW has to offer. One of the most popular conferences in the country, SXSW is known for being a something-for-everyone kind of event. Adweek writes:“if you work in marketing or have anything to do with it, the real reason to go is that SXSW is that it’s an eye-opening metaphor for the cluttered media landscape that marketers have to deal with in today’s world. It is a master class in attention scarcity.”


Since SXSW is such a popular (i.e. huge) conference, many studies have been done in the effort to prove the ROI of attendance. It’s been found that the “Intent to network and buy” is consistently higher at SXSW than at other comparable conferences and events. Internal polling both before and after events at SXSW revealed that attendees were 46 percent more likely to be seriously seeking new vendors or partners. Interested? Check out tickets here.


Collision Conference

May 2-4

Collision Conference in New Orleans is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind the company called Web Summit. In just three years, Collision has grown to over 11,000 attendees. Among attendees include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside investors and of course, tons of media coverage. Attendees often include tops executives from Fortune 500 companies, innovative startups as well as leading tech investors. Collision is the U.S. sister conference to Europe’s wildly popular Web Summit, which has grown from 4,000 to 22,000 attendees since starting in Dublin in 2010. If you want the chance to join 15,000 tech industry leaders, as well as a select group of early stage startups, you can get 2 for 1 tickets here: https://collisionconf.com/collision2017


Inbound 2016 

November 8-11

Hubspot’s take on a marketing conference, Inbound 2016 is a marketing and networking conference that provides the inspiration, education, and connections small businesses need to transform and grow. Get inspired with well-known keynotes, listen to innovative talks about the future of business, sales, and marketing, and gain a ton of knowledge and connections during the educational breakouts and networking sessions. Inbound is expected to host 14,000 people at its Boston location, and will feature over 300 educational breakout sessions to help you hone in on industry advancements. Learn more on their website, or join their LinkedIn group if you’ve already bought your ticket.


Launch Wisconsin

October 12

Launch Wisconsin is the fastest growing tech and startup conference in the midwest and was created by real startup entrepreneurs and event producers in Wisconsin. Launch Wisconsin’s mission is to connect corporate business with hungry entrepreneurs right here in the midwest, so that existing corporations can benefit from local innovation. Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking to make meaningful connections, a corporation in need of entrepreneurial talent to stay on top of the industry, an investor forming companies that research and solve high-value problems, or a startup interested in pitching innovative solutions to top decision makers in Wisconsin, Launch Wisconsin has something for everyone! Join the thousands of attendees already registered for the Launch Wisconsin Startup and Tech conference on October 12th, 2016. 

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