There are thousands of events every year to help entrepreneurs network and learn about business and technology. This list highlights 30 websites you will want to look into for things to do in 2018.
"Meetup is the world's largest network of self-organized clubs and community groups. We make it easy for anyone to organize their own local group, or find one of the thousands already meeting face-to-face to help its members better pursue hobbies, advance causes, network with peers, get health support, or just arrange a friendly playgroup for their kids."
"South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together."
3. Big Omaha
"Big Omaha is an annual conference that brings together the nation’s most passionate members of the entrepreneurial community including founders, investors, and emerging leaders to build community, start conversation, and provide inspiration."
4. Startup Weeekend
"Techstars Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Techstars Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. They have helped educate & inspire over 410K entrepreneurs around the world. They have done over 5,2K events in over 1,475 cities to date. They have thousands of passionate organizers and volunteers that are the driving force in Techstars Startup Weekend’s success."
5. Summit Series
"Summit's gatherings combine art, talks, culinary experiences, music, and wellness activations with countless surprises, immersive adventures, and incredible people. Summit unites leaders across all disciplines through a series of invite-only events designed to catalyze personal and collective growth. The community they serve — a diverse collection of entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, artists, scientists, chefs, athletes, and other change makers — is at the heart of everything they do."
6. Techcrunch Disrupt
"TechCrunch, founded on June 11, 2005, is a blog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new companies, TechCrunch profiles existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space. If any tech startup want to launch big, this is where he want to do it. Enter into the demo competition and you have to be ready to answer the tough questions. The networking is top notch if anyone is looking to meet investors, but have to pay the price to get in. "
"Ignite captures the best of geek culture in a series of five-minute speed presentations on topics ranging from The Best Way to Buy a Car to Hacking Chocolate.Ignite’s mission is “Everyone Speaks”. We believe that public speaking builds confidence in individuals and that events like Ignite build community. Our goal is to make it possible for anyone, anywhere, to learn to present their ideas and their stories. Ignite was started in Seattle in 2006 by Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis. Since then 100s of 5 minute talks have been given across the world. There are thriving Ignite communities in Seattle, Portland, Paris, NYC, and all over the world. "
8. New York Tech Meetup
"NY Tech Meetup is the largest meetup group in the world. The monthly meetup is a perennially sold-out monthly where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses. NYTM has been integral in the birth of New York’s new Silicon Alley, with nearly every notable new company, including Foursquare and Tumblr, making their debut at a NYTM demo. NY Tech Meetup is run by NY Tech Alliance, a non-profit formed from the merger of NY Tech Meetup (the non-profit organization) and New York Tech Council."
"Under30CEO.com is the leading media property for entrepreneurs, inspiring the world’s next generation of business leaders. Under30CEO features direct interviews with the most successful young people on the planet, profiles twenty-something startups, provides advice from those who have done it before and publishes cutting edge news for the young entrepreneur. Under30CEO’s community is filled with thousands of dynamic young people following their passion and creating businesses that are both lucrative in profit and socially conscious."
"Throughout the year, Pivot gathers a community of senior business executives and influencers for intimate dinners and parties. Pivoteers enjoy great food & wines, experience some incredible technologies and, most importantly, build relationships and engage in thought provoking conversations."
"Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb, showcases the latest Web 2.0 business models, development paradigms and design strategies for the builders of the next-generation Web. This annual multi-track conference brings together people, ideas, connections, contacts, products, and companies to foster stronger Web 2.0 communities. Web 2.0 Expo events occur in San Francisco and New York and feature influential keynotes and speakers, detailed workshops, a Startup Showcase, an Expo show floor, and rich networking events."
12. Global Entrepreneurship Week
"The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 160 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Muhammad Yunus. By November 2008, host organizations in 77 countries had officially signed on—and 3 million people participated in 25,022 events and activities."
13. Social Media Week
"Social Media Week (SMW) is one of the world’s premiere conferences and industry news platforms for professionals in media, marketing and technology. The mission is to give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world."
14. Internet Week
"Internet Week supports New York’s vibrant tech-based economy and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and global impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. The festival highlights the innovators building the new economy and creating opportunity, while educating and empowering attendees to succeed. Internet Week New York is every week, and the festival is part of an always-on movement in support of the tech community and the industries so important to global competitiveness."
15. Affiliate Summit
"Affiliate Summit founded in 2003 for the purpose of providing educational sessions on the latest industry issues and fostering a productive networking environment for affiliate marketers. Since then, the Affiliate Summit Inc. brand has grown to include Affiliate Summit Social Events, Performance Marketing Summit, FeedFront Magazine, GeekCast.fm, AffStat.com and ReveNews.com. Attendees at Affiliate Summit events break out into six main categories: affiliate, affiliate management, advertiser, OPM/agency, solution provider, and network. Affiliates typically account for about a quarter of attendees at Affiliate Summit."
16. Tech Cocktails
"Tech.Co is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech.Co dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online. From its simple origins as a community-building cocktail event, Tech.Co has transformed into a full-fledged media company with millions of readers around the world."
17. Tony Robbins
"Tony Robbins is a founder or partner in more than thirty companies in various industries, ranging from technology (virtual reality) and sports (Major League Soccer) to events and hospitality, including the #1 rated resort & spa in the Fijian islands. These companies have combined annual sales of $5 billion. Tony Robbins is a catalyst for change and a strategist for success. He creates change in minutes, when normally it couldn't be accomplished in years"
"LeWeb is Europe's leading tech conference, bringing together thought leaders and entrepreneurs from many of the world's top technology companies. Its mission is to inspire and enable entrepreneurs worldwide in one place"
"The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED."
20. Lean Startup Machine
"Lean Startup Machine (LSM) is a three-day workshop on building a successful business"
21. INC’s GrowCo
"Inc. brings you GROWCO: Grow Your Company Conference, a two-day event of 600-plus entrepreneurs and business leaders who want to achieve sizable growth within their organization. Inc.'s GROWCO Conference pulls together a dynamic program including headliners straight out of the pages of Inc., business experts and best-selling authors who share actionable information and proven strategies on all facets of growing companies."
22. Nexus Global Youth Summit
"NEXUS is a global community founded to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship. With over 3500 members from 70 countries, they work to unite young investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and allies to catalyze new leadership and accelerate needed political, societal, indigenous, financial, environmental, and equal justice solutions."
For 17 Years FundingPost has worked to bring entrepreneurs together with leading investors worldwide. They believe that it is important to reach investors in every medium possible - both online and offline.
"BRITE is presented by the Center on Global Brand Leadership. The Center on Global Brand Leadership creates, gathers, and shares insights on how to build and manage strong brands. Combining the research and intellectual capital of academia's foremost thinkers on branding with real world business cases, the Center on Global Brand Leadership shows how all elements of an organization – from marketing and communications to supply chain and operations – can affect brands and their relationships with stakeholders."
"BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online. With over 27million women bloggers, this network was designed to give opportunity for exposure to females who write informative content. "
"This global digital marketing conference hosts events around the globe at the world’s biggest convention centers. Topics include media buying, search, email marketing, mobile, web analytics, affiliate marketing and blogging. ad:tech is a two day conference and exposition that has long been known as the home of industry shaping advertising and marketing technology."
"The Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) was established in 1997 for the purpose of becoming the key junction for university-based entrepreneurship centers across the U.S. to collaborate, communicate, and jointly advance excellence in entrepreneurship through the unique role and position of the centers in the academic and business communities. GCEC (formerly known as the National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers -NCEC), has evolved to include international universities as well. Today, GCEC stands as the premier leadership organization addressing the emerging topics of importance to the nation’s university-based centers for entrepreneurship. It has become the industry vehicle by which the top, established entrepreneurship centers, as well as emerging centers, can work together to share information, develop programs and initiatives, and collaborate and assist each other in advancing, strengthening, and celebrating the contributions and impact of individual centers–as well as the overall role of university-based entrepreneurship center. The consortium is comprised of over 200 member centers, hosts an annual conference, awards program, and is home to the 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellows. The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship in the Jones School of Business at Rice University, Houston, has been chosen to be the administrative office for the global consortium."
"CES is the world's gathering place for all those 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. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers."
"The International Business Forum hosts major summits around clean-tech, health and wellness, med-tech and digital healthcare."
"This conference has an international flavor and is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship globally. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs."