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Startup Events Not to be Missed in 2017

February 19, 2017

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If you’re starting a tech company, you’re probably too busy to keep track of the conferences and shows that can help your business get a leg up. Don’t worry, we keep track of all the tech and marketing conferences. So to help you plan, here are the top tech startup events that will be held in the first few months of 2017 (We’ll continue to update this blog with details on events that are being held later in the year).

Startup Grind

When & Where: February 21-22, Redwood City, CA.

With 5,000 founders and investors attending and more than 40 keynote and side sessions, this is Startup Grind's largest event ever. And you should already be there by now.

Check out the session “How to Grow Your Social Following,” and get a seat for the keynote talk “Scale and Profit: Can Startups Have It All?” by Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes. Other keynote speakers include Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Nicole Sanchez, GitHub’s vice president of social impact. To see the full session and keynote agenda, click here.

Fifty companies that participate in the event’s startup showcase will be invited to join Startup Grind’s startup program, which includes a chance to pitch on stage during the two-day conference. Check out the details here and try to to be among the lucky 50 (next year).

Millennial 20/20

When & Where: March 1-2, New YorkMay 3-4, LondonOctober 25-26, Singapore

Millennial 20/20 is holding three events this year. Each event offers localized sessions on the worlds of marketing, retail, travel and hospitality, and food and beverage. Hear from CEOs from world-class brands, including H&M, Crossfit, Revlon, Bacardi. No matter which event you attend, these two-day conferences are being promoted as showcases of the “future of commerce” that “will change the way you do business.”

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When & Where: March 10-19, Austin, Texas.

The immensely popular SXSW brings together the worlds of marketing, tech, design, government, entertainment and more, making it a true smorgasbord of conferences.

The technology track of sessions at this year’s show reviews innovative new ideas from around the world. You’ll see what is shaping business today and what’s expected to be trending tomorrow. Check out the session “Cyber Opportunities for International Startups” if you’re interested learning about the opportunities your startup can have in cybersecurity. And don’t miss the many “side” tech festivals that are planned, including the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event, a competition that judges the best tech advancements.

SXSW also has a track devoted to marketing, with sessions exploring native advertising, brand storytelling and predictive analytics. Don’t miss the session “How Brands Do Well by Doing Good.”  

Launch Festival

When & Where: April 3-7, San Francisco

Promoted as the world’s largest startup event, Launch boasts that it will host 12,000 startup founders from around the world. Events include a speed dating opportunity between 50 startup owners and 50 early-stage investors, and a session where 25 angels and VCs share best practices from their portfolios and investment strategies. Speakers are still being accepted, but one set to talk is Pinterest’s Casey Winters. Also, it’s worth getting a VIP ticket to attend IBM’s “Winner Dinner.”

Conversion Conference

When & Where: April 19-20, Las Vegas

A conference for web testers and marketers, this event is expected to sell out. If you’re a marketer, you’ll probably be interested in sessions such as “Growing & Converting Leads with Content Marketing,” and if you’re a tester, don’t miss “How to Succeed as a One-Person Testing Team.” For a complete agenda of talks and sessions, go here. Keynote speakers are still signing up but one definite is Tim Ash, CEO of Sitetuners.


When & Where: May 2-4, New Orleans

More than 20,000 people, including 3,000 CEOs, are expected for a conference that brings together startups and large companies. If you’re an early-stage startup, register to exhibit your company. You can also attend workshops and roundtables focusing on tech growth. For example, consider attending “Startup University,” a track filled with business leaders who will share their tips to success. And there’s always New Orleans’ famed cuisine and jazz scene. For those who like to drink, check out “Pub Summit.”

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Gartner Digital Marketing Conference

When & Where: May 10-12, San Diego

This is a can’t-miss event from the leading research firm Gartner. It informs all marketing professionals on the tools, technologies and techniques needed to get ahead, promising to cut through the hype and deliver unbiased, actionable advice.

The event’s session tracks explore the biggest marketing challenges startups face and reveal what they should make priorities, including data and analytics, CX and martech.

Choose from one of three session tracks: “Differentiate with a Customer-First Mindset,” “Orchestrate Multichannel Strategies for Growth,” and “Leverage Technology for Marketing Advantages.” Eighteen Gartner analysts will share their thoughts throughout the event, and acclaimed photographer Platon will be a keynote speaker. Salesforce, Oracle and Adobe are just some of the exhibitors scheduled to attend.

TechCrunch Disrupt

When & Where: May 15-17, New York City

This conference lets startups see if they have what it takes. The side event “Startup Battlefield” brings early-stage startups together on one stage to compete for a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors.

If you’re not ready to compete, there’s still plenty of opportunities to boost your startup’s profile and strengths, including “CrunchMatch,” which connects startups with investors. There’s perhaps no other tech startup event that goes out of its way to ensure that attendees leave without making connections that should last years.

If you want to learn more about these exciting and educational startup tech events, just reach out. We’ve also put together a blog with trade show best practices, to get rid of all the distractions.
About the Author

Maayan Sella

Maayan is Marketing Envy's genius Account Director, a techy at heart with an unmatched passion for start-ups. She loves both good and very bad TV and when she's not at the office you will usually find her running by the beach or sunbathing on it.

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