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A well-developed, and extensive personal and professional network can make all the difference between a straight trajectory to business growth and success or a frustrating, and the potentially fruitless hamster wheel of struggle.

In the business world, connections are everything, and there is no better way to meet new and influential people within your industry than to attend one of these top conferences.

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023

Dates: January 5th – 8th, 2023

Location: Las Vegas, USA

Virtual Access: Yes

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will take place January 5th – 8th, 2023 in the ultimate convention locale, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This “can’t miss” conference will bring together tech industry movers and shakers both in-person and virtually giving attendants and presenters access to a global audience.

The CES is well-attended and participants can expect to interact with major tech industry brands, innovative tech startups, and some of the most influential leaders, and advocates in the worldwide tech industry.

METAVSUMMIT

Dates: January 11th – 12th, 2023

Location: Dubai, UAE

Virtual Access: Yes

METAVSUMMIT will be held January 11th – 12th, 2023, in Dubai. This high-tech summit is an absolute must for those involved in the world of Blockchain, NFTs, or the Metaverse.

The METAVSUMMIT is designed to bring the largest technology investors together with Web 3.0 industry startups to help facilitate introductions and build relationships that will help propel this technology forward into the mainstream marketplace.

One Giant Leap Event

Dates: February 6th – 9th, 2023

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Virtual Access: No

The One Giant Leap Event is scheduled to take place February 6th – 9th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In keeping with the theme for this year’s event, Into New Worlds, the One Giant Leap event will feature top speakers and industry leaders discussing everything from cyberspace to space travel and all of the intersecting industries in between.

At the time of this printing scheduled keynote speakers to include thought leaders from such forward-thinking industry titans as Ericsson, Mastercard, Nokia, Relativity Space, West Ham United, and more.

4YFN at Mobile World Congress

Dates: February 27th – March 2nd, 2023

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Virtual Access: No

The 4YFN event at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will take place from February 27th – March 27th, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. The 4YFN event is a hosted event under the broader umbrella of the massive Mobile World Congress. While there is much value to be found in the MWC as a whole, the 4YFN offers unique advantages for startups and entrepreneurs including a startup competition designed to help cull the most innovative and promising startups and scale-ups from around the world. Because the 4YFN is part of the larger MWC, attendees can expect to find abundant learning and networking opportunities with some of the tech industry’s top thought leaders and influencers.

Startup Grind

Dates: February 28th – March 2nd, 2023

Location Silicon Valley, United States

Virtual Access: Yes

The next Startup Grind event is scheduled to take place February 28th – March 2nd, 2023 in sunny Silicon Valley, California, USA. Backed by tech industry juggernaut, Microsoft, Startup Grind is one of North America’s best-known, and best-attended startup conferences.

Both in-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an event that brings startups of all sizes together with investors and industry leaders to exchange ideas and build solid working relationships. The 2023 event will focus heavily on restoring the human element to the technology industry and finding innovative ways to put the human back at the center of development.

SXSW 2023

Dates: March 10th – 19th, 2023

Location: Austin, TX

Virtual Access: No

When it comes to conferences, SXSW may just be one of the best-known, and most hyped conferences in the world. Attendants travel to Austin, TX from all over the world to rub shoulders with celebrities, influencers, and the biggest, best, and brightest of the tech and business industries.

The next SXSW conference will take place in Austin, TX, March 10th – 19th, 2023. This year’s event will feature all of the SXSW favorites from top-notch speakers, to film and music performances. The focus for 2023 will center on topics of data privacy, and digital identity in addition to other bleeding-edge tech and digital topics.

Startup Grind Global

Dates: April 11th – 12th, 2023

Location: Silicon Valley, CA

Virtual Access: Yes

For those who can’t make it to the Startup Grind Silicon Valley conference in February 2023, Startup Grind Global offers a second opportunity to attend. The Startup Grind Global conference is scheduled to take place April 11th – 12th 2023, in Silicon Valley, CA.

Startup Grind Global brings together startup founders, investors, and industry thought leaders from around the world to network, build relationships, collaborate, and learn from one another. Guests can attend in person for the best networking opportunities, or take in a virtual version of the event to learn from the event’s top-tier speakers.

MicroConf US

Dates: April 16th – 18th, 2023

Location: Denver, CO, USA

Virtual Access: No

The MicroConf US conference taking place April 16th – 18th in Denver, CO offers an awesome opportunity for self-funded startups and startups with grass-roots funding to come together to build relationships and learn proven tactics to help grow their small startups into million-dollar businesses.

MicroConf has become well-known in the startup world for what is now referred to as the  “hallway track”. The hallway track removes the barriers between funders and founders by providing opportunities that facilitate and encourage informal conversations and personal interactions between all attendees.

World Summit AI Americas

Dates: April 19th – 20th, 2023

Location: Montreal, Canada

Virtual Access: No

The 2023 World Summit AI Americas will take place April 19th – 20th in Montreal, Canada. This is the “must-attend” conference for all those interested in big data, AI, and other bleeding-edge topics at the intersection of business and technology.

Attendees will get the chance to network and learn from some of the brightest minds from top industry leaders like Google Brain, AWS, Coursera, and many more. Learn the latest information on the ways that AI can be used to help propel businesses of all sizes into the next generation of safety, privacy, scalability, and more.

B2B Online

Dates: May 1st – 3rd, 2023

Location: Chicago, IL

Virtual Access: Yes

2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the B2B Online conference. This year’s event will take place May 1st – 3rd, 2023 in Chicago, IL, and of course, online. Plan on attending in person for the best networking and collaboration opportunities.

The 2023 B2B Online event will be the biggest conference in the event’s 10-year history with more than 500 leading B2B attendees, and 60 sessions all squeezed into 3 information and networking-packed days.

London Tech Week

Dates: June 12th – 16th, 2023

Location: London, United Kingdom

Virtual Access: No

The 10th annual London Tech Week will be back in Westminster, London June 12th – 16th, 2023. This massive conference will span 7 floors of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre and is expected to draw more than 20,000 participants.

The cutting-edge conference is designed to allow attendees to gain insight into the ways in which technology is transforming the business world. Conference “zones” help participants locate the content most relevant to their industry and concentrate their networking efforts on those with similar interests and goals

Viva Tech

Dates: June 14th – 17th, 2023

Location: Paris, France

Virtual Access: No

VivaTech is one of Europe’s most popular tech events, bringing together forward-thinking startups, investors, and industry leaders from around the world. This year’s event is scheduled to take place June 14th – 17th, 2023 in Paris, France.

VivaTech aims to bring future-minded business leaders together to help explore and drive opportunities for change. Participants can listen to inspiring keynote speeches, attend informative seminars, and engage in plenty of networking opportunities.

Dublin Tech Summit

Dates: June 15th – 16th, 2023

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Virtual Access: No

With the massive growth of technology companies making their headquarters in Ireland, Dublin is fast becoming Europe’s Silicon Valley. In keeping with that progress, the Dublin Tech Summit taking place June 15th – 16th, 2023 in Dublin has already built a solid reputation as one of Europe’s top technology conferences.

The Dublin Tech Summit brings technology and business leaders together under one roof to provide cutting-edge solutions that help entrepreneurs and startups gain footing in the competitive market, grow, and scale their brands and develop relationships with the most influential minds at the intersection of technology and business.

hub.berlin Conference

Dates: June 28th – 29th, 2023

Location: Berlin, Germany

Virtual Access: No

The hub.berlin conference hosted June 28th – 29th, in Berlin, Germany is billed as the business festival for digital movers and makers. When it comes down to the coolest tech, and most innovative digital services, hub.berlin has it all.

The hub.berlin conference aims to connect innovative startups with the latest in digitization with interactive workshops, live exhibitions, and, of course, plenty of networking opportunities galore. Attendees can participate in chats with some of the top minds in the tech industry, and cut loose and explore tech playgrounds, escape rooms, and local pub crawls.

DigiMarCon: Silicon Valley

Dates: July 10th – 11th, 2023

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Virtual Access: Yes

DigiMarCon Silicon Valley has developed a well-deserved reputation as the premier event for those interested in all things digital marketing, advertising, and media.  This year’s event takes place July 10th – 11th, in San Francisco, CA.

While geared toward those in the marketing realm, the conference offers plenty of great networking opportunities, and chances to learn the very best way to engage with customers and grow your brand through digital media, and advertising. Participants can expect to gain valuable insight into the latest marketing strategies to help propel their business forward.

Final Thoughts

That wraps up our guide to the 15  top startup conferences & events of 2023. Clear your calendars and start penciling in the dates of your favorite conferences today. These events are popular, and they do tend to sell out fast, so make sure that you lock in the best events right away. Now, brush up on your networking skills, and start building the relationships that will help take your startup to the next level.