startups · 22 Mar 2022

Best Startup Conferences and Events in 2022

Julia Rasich

Julia Rasich

Marketing Manager

top conferences for startups
Illustration by Amir Kerr

Entrepreneurship requires both a brilliant idea and a professional implementation team. You also need courage not to give up, passion to keep motivating your team, and of course, partners that will stand by your side, which is why attending conferences can be vital. At startup conferences, you can connect with knowledgeable partners, investors, and like-minded colleagues.

Further, participating in pitching contests and startups fairs is a great way to spread the word about your startup in a global arena. If any of these opportunities are what you are looking to include in your 2022 strategic plans, here’s a list of top startup conferences to consider.

March

Emergence

When: March 9 – March 11, 2022

Where: Online & Sydney, Australia

Price: AU$101.31

At Emergence, you have a chance to bring together ecosystems, break barriers, and make your mark with other attendees of Australia's flagship investor conference. Showcase your recent advancements to attract public attention to your solutions by getting your solution in front of 5,000+ potential investors, who consistently scan Emergence events to find the next startup that is going to skyrocket.

START Summit

When: March 24 – March 25, 2022

Where: Online & St. Gallen, Switzerland

Price: Online – CHF 29, Startup – CHF 399, Investor – CHF 599, or Visitor – CHF 399

START Summit is Europe's leading student-run conference for entrepreneurship and technology. Meet the next generation’s founders and investors who want to promote top projects, recruit talent, and learn about new technological advancements.

All this is waiting for you at START Summit 2022. There are 5,000+ participants from 90+ countries to meet, and you can learn from more than 180 speakers. Innovation will be in the air, and this event is just what you need if you are looking for motivation.

April

Startup Grind

When: April 12 – April 13, 2022

Where: Online & Redwood, USA

Price: Full Access – $249, or Investor – $799

If you have ever dreamt of visiting the heart of innovation, then this global conference in Silicon Valley is an amazing opportunity. This year’s Startup Grind revolves around the next wave of the web, bridging the gap between web2 and web3, human-centric products that can impact diverse communities, and more.

TechCrunch Early Stage

When: April 14, 2022

Where: San Francisco, USA

Price: Early-bird – $249, or Regular – $499

If you are starting your journey as an entrepreneur, TechCrunch Early Stage is gathering speakers just for you. This event’s speakers will explain the basics of successful fundraising, how to evolve from a scientist to a founder, and advice on product monetization. 

Also, they will provide feedback on your pitch deck, too. At this event, you'll gain the building blocks to understand your next steps and fully realize your entrepreneurial potential.

TechChill

When: April 27 – April 29, 2022

Where: Online & Latvia, Riga

Price: Startup Pass – from €79, Investor Pass – from €109, Event Pass – from €89, or Executive Pass – from €109 

Become one of the 300+ startups that will meet 200+ investors from Europe and Silicon Valley at this leading Baltic startup event in 2022. At TechChill, you will learn from the leaders of IBM, Single Earth, Printfu, CryptoAsset Institute, and many other reputable organizations. And don’t forget about the Fifty Founders Battle – an annual pitch competition where seed and early-stage startups from different fields compete for €10,000 by putting forth their best business ideas.

May

EU-Startups Summit

When: May 12 – May 13, 2022

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Price: Startup Enthusiasts under 30 y.o. – €149, Founders, Co-founders, and Startup Team Members – €195, VCs, Investors, Business Angels, and Accelerators – €375, or Others – from €475

The most successful European startups are meeting again for your inspiration. The EU-Startups Summit 2022 will gather over 1,500 founders, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs, and media from Europe. 

Here, a specific part of the event will be dedicated for attendees to get acquainted with the role-model projects on the European market. Early-stage startups can even participate in a business idea competition and win prizes worth up to €90,000.

Podim

When: May 16 – May 18, 2022

Where: Online & Maribor, Slovenia

Price: Online tickets – from €145, or Full access tickets – from €450

Podim is an event that attracts dozens of reputable names in the venture investments world. It has become a key platform in the CEE region for learning and networking. 

In addition to making deals, Podim offers the opportunity to learn from and exchange experiences with the best serial entrepreneurs, investors, and tech experts from all over the globe. There are also 200+ business C-level executives who are interested in the new startups attending this event.

Latitude59

When: May 19 – May 20, 2022

Where: Tallinn, Estonia

Price: Startup Tickets – €129, guest Tickets – €169, or Investor Tickets – €359

Investment managers and founders of top-performing companies like Starship and TransferWise, as well as the president of Estonia, were previous speakers at past Latitude59 events. Further, this event is fundraising heaven for startups, as the number of investors attending almost equals the number of startups! 

Participate in a pitching competition and earn the chance to pitch on the main stage or access the EstBAn investor syndicate. This year’s competition will be the Baltic’s pre-finals for the Startup World Cup – the biggest pitching competition in the world.   

Wolves Summit

When: May 24 – May 27, 2022

Where: Online & Wrocław, Poland

Price: Startups & Scaleups Tickets – from €149, Investors Tickets – from €259, Business Tickets – from €259, or Attendees Tickets – from €29

An event to change the world is what the organizers of Wolves Summit promise. They have prepared four days to participate in tech and innovation forums, find investors, and recruit talent. At this event, startups benefit the most; they can participate in a pitch contest, meet 1:1 with investors, learn the basics about business development, and expose their solutions globally.

ViennaUP

When: May 27 – June 03, 2022

Where: Vienna, Austria

Price: Free

ViennaUP is a decentralized community-driven festival in the heart of Europe that hosts tech talks to make our digital future brighter than ever before. Attending startups don’t just get the chance to showcase their recent achievements; they also are offered the opportunity to join the European startup community and meet investors. 

Further, they can participate in the Startup World Cup, the largest startup competition worldwide, with more than 70 countries taking part every year.

June

Hinterland of Things Conference

When: June 1, 2022

Where: Bielefeld, Germany

Price: Future Founder Ticket – €99, Startup Ticket – €199, Corporate Ticket – €699, Investor Ticket – €699, or Attendee Ticket – €699

Indulge in an atmosphere full of challenge conquerors and technology enthusiasts. Hinterland of Things Conference has two stages where reputable industry leaders share their knowledge with 1,300 attendees. 

The majority of attendees are C-level executives, founders of unicorns or soonicorns, prominent investors, and editors. Combined with ten exclusive masterclasses held by leading companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Slack, this conference lives up to the promise of being the deal-making and network platform in Germany.

Arctic15

When: June 7 – June 8, 2022

Where: Helsinki, Finland

Price: For startups – from €350.92, for investors – from €970.92, for attendees – from €722.92, for angel investors – from €600.16, Startup Demo Stand – €1,449.56

Arctic15 is a matchmaking startup event in Northern Europe that focuses on making deals and quality networking connections. The two-day event brings together an international crowd of startups, investors, corporates, media, and influencers. 15 Tracks are focused on various industries, technologies, and topics ranging from Digital Health and AI to Social Impact and Scaling.

South Summit Madrid

When: June 8 – June 10, 2022

Where: Madrid, Spain

Price: Executive – €1,099, Business – €699, or Attendee – €119

Celebrate South Summit Madrid’s anniversary with a European startup community that dates back to 2012. Back then, the startup was an initiative that aimed to boost the economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. Today, it’s a solid hub for startups around Europe to network and share their ideas.

London Tech Week

When: June 13 – June 17, 2022

Where: London, UK

Price: Free

Inspiration and tech will blend this summer in London; London Tech Week welcomes government and corporate leaders to share their knowledge, inspiration founders to connect and motivate, senior investors to find a star startup, and tech rising stars to gain their audience. 

Key topics for 2022 that this event will cover include “Tech for good,” “Tech investment,” “Digital sustainability,” “Tech transformation,” “Impactful innovation at scale,” “Visions of Web3,” “Metaverse and opportunities,” “ClimateTech,” “From startups to unicorns,” and “Tech Talents.”

Digital Enterprise Show

When: June 14 – June 16, 2022

Where: Malaga, Spain

Price: Business pass – €60, Premium VIP pass – from €300, or Honor pass – €1,500

At the Digital Enterprise Show, attendees have a unique opportunity to connect with the masterminds of the tech world. Startups can get even more by participating in the DES Startup Forum, where they can pitch their tech solutions in front of an international audience of high-profile executives and hold private meetings with potential partners and investors to develop their projects.

Dublin Tech Summit

When: June 15 – June 16, 2022

Where: Dublin, Ireland

Price: Regular tickets – €389

Dublin Tech Summit is an event where top tech-lovers can meet the Chief Decision Scientist at Google, Chief Scientist at Trellix, CSO at Huawei, and many others. Their unique startup program called Vision X aims to create value for international startups and scaleups in Dublin's established tech and business ecosystems.

TNW Conference

When: June 16 – June 17, 2022

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price: Business pass – €999, or Investor pass – €1099

At TNW Conference 2022, you will learn what’s next in tech. From scaling your business to solving impactful challenges – there's content for everyone. If you are actively looking to raise funding, grow your business, build brand awareness, or join TNW for Startups with a global audience of 10,000+ tech enthusiasts, 150+ investors, 75% dealmakers from 6,000+ companies, and 5,000+ buyers, then this is the event for you.

Viva Technology

When: June 15 – June 18, 2022

Where: Paris, France

Price: Startup – €280, Attendee – €590, or Investor – €750

Once again, all the tech giants will be at Viva Technology. And we don’t underestimate this year’s event, as CZ – founder of Binance, Cristiano Amon – CEO at Qualcomm, Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia, Sarah Franklin – CMO at Salesforce, and other inspiring speakers will be hosting. Startups can participate in the Vivatech Challenge Platform, where startups and partners work together to create a shared future.

Collision

When: June 20 – June 23, 2022

Where: Toronto, Canada

Price: General attendee – CA$795, Executive – CA$ 2,495, or Chairperson – CA$9,495

There can hardly be a better place for an emerging startup to spread the word about its potential than Collision. By applying for the ALPHA startup program, early-stage startups with outstanding potential get the chance to connect with the world's most influential people and companies from more than 140 countries.

hub.berlin

When: June 22 – June 23, 2022

Where: Berlin, Germany

Price: Startups – Free, or Standard – €800

hub.berlin is one of the most important gatherings that aims to drive digitization into reality. Networking is the main incentive at this festival for Europe's key industries. Also, this event will have exciting keynotes and workshops, interdisciplinary matchmaking, live tech exhibitions, and digital art.

Techsylvania

When: June 28 – June 29, 2022

Where: Online & Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Price: Builder Virtual – €49, Builder In-person – €69, Premium Virtual – €79, Premium In-person – €249, or Executive In-person – €549

Techsylvania has always been a conference where people come to get inspired, find out what’s next in tech, and learn some of the brightest minds' do's and don'ts. At Techsylvania, there is a dedicated place for startups called Startup Alley, where they can showcase their technologies to potential business partners. Another great reason for startups to attend this event is Startup Avalanche – a competition connecting ambitious early-stage startups with international VCs and investors.

July

Startupfest

When: July 13 – July 15, 2022 

Where: Montreal, Canada

Price: Startups – from CA$421.68, or All others – from CA$893.10

Startupfest is widely regarded as one of the world’s must-attend startup conferences. Startupfest aims to empower the right knowledge and relationships to solve the world’s most challenging problems. In previous years, attendees got inspired by speeches given by the leaders of Reddit, Shopify, Blendoor, Salesforce, and FreshBooks.

August

Traction Conference

When: August 10 – August 11, 2022

Where: Vancouver, Canada

Price: Last Call Tickets – CA$999, Group Tickets – from CA$450

Don’t know where founders, C-suite, and growth leaders connect? It's at Traction Conference

This event offers you the opportunity to source insight from founders and leaders from some of the fastest-growing companies alongside top-tier VCs. Find answers to the unresolved questions, get a motivation boost and helpful business advice, and learn more about profitable niches.

SHIFT

When: August 24 – August 25, 2022

Where: Turku, Finland

Price: Shift Pass – €371, Shift Executive Pass – €495, or Shift Startup Pass – €296

SHIFT brings change-oriented people and businesses together to network, learn, and gain inspiration. SHIFT’s 2022 themes include diving deep into the future of leadership and work-life in the digitalized and changing world, where we need to find new and innovative ways of leading growth.

sTARTUp Day

When: August 24 – August 26, 2022

Where: Online & Tartu, Estonia

Price: Visitor – €199, Startup – €159, Investor & Executive – €319, or Online – €109

Here, startups will gather in smart-city Tartu to attend seminars, inspiring educational programs, and innovation events. Also, attendees participate in international pitching competitions and unforgettable parties! Everyone will be at sTARTUp Day, including 160+ investors, 300+ startups, media, and over 160 prominent speakers.

September

PIRATE Summit

When: September 6 – September 7, 2022

Where: Cologne, Germany

Price: Entrepreneur Ticket – €300, Investor Ticket – €600, Corporate Ticket – €800

PIRATE Summit is a conference for early-stage startups, active investors, corporate execs, and ecosystem builders. Besides the well-selected mix of 1,000 participants, the conference features 60+ pitches, participants from 70+ countries, more than 50 masterclasses, roundtables, and workshops.

Startup OLÉ

When: September 5 – September 7, 2022

Where: Salamanca, Spain

Price: Free

Discovery, knowledge, discussion, and pitches are all possible at Startup OLÉ, the largest tech event in Europe outside the capital cities. Previously, this event has gathered over 40,000 attendees from 120+ countries and 1,500+ startups and scaleups. 

At Startup OLÉ, you can count on making huge deals, considering that the participating investors’ portfolio exceeds €100kM. This year’s event will be offline, which means you will have the chance to meet potential partners and investors in person.

TechBBQ

When: September 14 – September 15, 2022

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

Price: Startups – from €99, Investors – €449, General pass – €645, Online pass – €59

This truly large-scale event unites everyone, including thousands of startups, investors, corporates, and speakers. At TechBBQ, you will learn from various founders from companies like Trello, Unity, Zoom, and Y Combinator.

Bits & Pretzels

When: September 25 – September 27, 2022

Where: Munich, Germany

Price: Sold Out, but there is a waitlist

5,000 founders, investors, and startup enthusiasts will be coming to Munich to spend three days together learning and networking at Bits & Pretzels. Here, there will be a Startup Exhibition to expand your network and get inspired by other founders. Further, there is also a Startup Pitch to showcase your top solutions and compete for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Oslo Innovation Week

When: September 26 – September 29, 2022

Where: Online & Oslo, Norway

Price: TBA

Founders shouldn’t stop innovating, and Oslo Innovation Week is here to facilitate this innovation. Meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn more about top tech trends and advancements from tech enthusiasts, and, of course, connect with investors!

France Digitale Day

When: September 28, 2022

Where: Paris, France

Price: In-person –  €659.51

The “City of Love” will become the “City of Digital” for one day this September. France Digitale Day will bring to the stage 2,000 C-level startup executives, VCs, thought leaders, and policymakers from the worldwide tech scene. 

Remember, you can’t win battles alone. So find those who will help you conquer the tech mountain at France Digitale Day.

October

Infoshare

When: October 6 – October 7, 2022

Where: Gdansk, Poland

Price: Basic Pass – free, Conference Pass – €142.74, Networker Pass – €199.95, Startup Pass – €142.74, or Investor Pass – €485.99

The Infoshare conference consists of two days full of expert speeches delivered on six stages as well as matchmaking sessions and side events. At Infoshare, you will find knowledge, inspiration, and cooperation. 

Further, you can form meaningful bonds and create a truly innovative technological society. Seed and early-stage startups can take part in the Startup Contest and compete to win €20,000. 

TechCrunch Disrupt

When: October 18 – October 20, 2022

Where: San Francisco, USA

Price: General Admission Pass – $1295, Investor Pass – $1295, Non-Profit Pass – $495

TechCrunch Disrupt is a must-attend event for founders who are serious about breaking through the noise and forging the kinds of relationships that can take them to the next level. For startup enthusiasts, potential investors, and aspiring tech leaders, it’s a ticket into the ecosystem that continues to change the world. With 100+ exhibitors and 10,000+ attendees, there is no better place to make your mark.

November

Web Summit

When: November 1 – November 4, 2022

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

Price: Exhibition floor only – €900, General attendee – €995, Executive – €4,995

The Guardian called this event “Glastonbury for geeks,” and The Financial Times named this event “The world’s largest tech conference.” Indeed, the scale of Web Summit impresses many, considering that Reddit’s COO, Apple’s Senior Vice President, and the Mayor of Lisbon have all attended. 

At Web Summit, startups can apply for 2022’s ALPHA startup program that offers the chance to join a global community of startups and gain access to investors, startup meetings, masterclasses, mentor hours, and much more.

Slush

When: November 17 – November 18, 2022

Where: Helsinki, Finland

Price: Ticket for Day 2 – €595

Slush is all about creating a magical concentration of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs, investors, corporate professionals, and policymakers. This founder-centric event is here to help startups attract the attention of 1,700 investors representing nearly $1 trillion in assets under management.

Summing Up

While all these conferences are unique in their own way, you will hardly be able to visit them all. When choosing an event to attend, remember your priorities.

Are you looking for public recognition or to participate in fairs? Do you want to find an investor? Or, are you most interested in pitch contests and matchmaking events? 

Once you know your answers, knowing which conferences you should attend becomes clearer. On this list, there is an event for all types of goals and founders.

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