Why Startup Events Are Valuable for Deep-Tech Professionals

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The World of Startup Events

Every year there are many startup and technology events around the world. This year was no exception. These events offer a great opportunity for deep tech startups to showcase their products, build valuable connections with investors, and learn from industry experts. Some of these startup events are focused on specific industries or technologies, while others cover a wide range of topics. It’s important to do your research and choose the events that are most relevant to your business and goals.
So how are these events conducted?
Tech startup events are conducted in a variety of formats, ranging from in-person gatherings to virtual or hybrid experiences. The format can vary depending on the event’s size, location, and prevailing circumstances.

Different Formats of Tech Startup Events

How these events are conducted and what they typically offer to attendees?

In-Person Conferences

In-person tech startup events are held at physical venues, such as convention centers, hotels, or exhibition halls (ex. Collision, HTVD, Slush). Attendees, including startups, investors, industry experts, and tech enthusiasts, gather at these venues to participate in various activities over a few days. In-person conferences offer the advantage of face-to-face networking, engaging panel discussions, and immersive experiences.

Virtual Conferences

Virtual tech startup events take place entirely online, allowing attendees from around the world to participate from the comfort of their homes or offices. These events use virtual conferencing platforms facilitating live-streamed sessions, interactive workshops, virtual exhibitor booths, and online networking opportunities.

Hybrid Conferences

Hybrid tech startup events combine elements of both in-person and virtual formats. Some attendees and speakers may be physically present at the venue, while others can join remotely. Hybrid events provide flexibility to cater to a broader audience and maximize engagement.
Whether you choose to attend in-person, virtually, or opt for the hybrid experience, these conferences hold the key to propelling your startup’s success in the dynamic and ever-evolving tech landscape.
If the event is dedicated to deep tech, it should drive more effort as investors will be knowledgeable and focused on opportunities in the deep tech market. Where a general startup event might have 3-8% deep tech content, a dedicated event will have 100%.

Offerings at Tech Startup Events

Now, let’s explore what these events typically offer:

Startup Showcases and Exhibitions

Most tech startup events feature startup showcases and exhibitions, where early-stage companies can present their products, services, and innovations to a wide audience. This offers startups a valuable opportunity to gain visibility, attract potential customers, and receive feedback from industry experts and investors.

Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussions

Conferences often host keynote speakers who are influential figures in the tech industry. These speakers share insights, trends, and predictions about the future of technology and entrepreneurship. Panel sessions with industry experts provide opportunities for deep dives into specific topics and thought-provoking discussions.

Investor Meetings and Pitch Sessions

Startups seeking funding have the chance to connect with venture capitalists, angel investors, and other funding sources. Many events arrange dedicated pitch sessions where selected startups can present their business ideas to potential investors.

Workshops and Masterclasses

Events may include interactive workshops and masterclasses conducted by experienced professionals. These sessions provide practical knowledge, skills, and tools helping startups improve their strategies, marketing, and overall business operations.

Networking Opportunities

Networking is a significant aspect of tech startup events. Participants can engage with fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, and potential customers. Networking breaks, social events, and one-on-one meetings facilitate meaningful connections and collaborations.

Awards and Competitions

Some events organize startup competitions or awards ceremonies to recognize outstanding startups and innovations. Winning such awards can enhance a startup’s reputation and attract more attention from investors and customers.

Industry Insights and Trends

Attendees can gain valuable industry insights and stay updated on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the tech and startup landscape through various presentations and sessions.

Remember, the offerings may vary from one event to another, so it’s essential to review the event agenda and program in advance to identify the most relevant sessions and activities for your business goals.

What Tech Event to Attend in 2023

Here are some of the tech startup events that you might be interested in attending this and upcoming year:

TechBBQ: Sep 13 – 14, 2023 (Copenhagen)

TechCrunch Disrupt: Sep 19 – 21, 2023 (San Francisco)

CES 2024 Tech Trends: September 20, 2023 (Paris)

4YFN: September 26-28, 2023 (Barcelona)

Sifted Summit: October 4-5, 2023 (London)

HTVD: October 17-18, 2023 (Dresden)

Web Summit: November 13-16, 2023 (Lisbon)

Deeptech Connect: November 14, 2023 (Paris)

HardTech Summit by VentureLab: November 2023 (Canada)

Slush:  Nov 30 – Dec 1, 2023 (Helsinki)

NOAH Conference: December 13-14, 2023 (Zurich)

Deep Tech Momentum: May 14 to 16, 2024 (Berlin)

Hello Tomorrow Global Summit: March 21 – 22, 2023(Paris)

Startup Grind Global Conference: April 23-24, 2024 (Redwood City)

HTGF Family Day: 11 and 12 June 2024 (Berlin)

Collision (Canada): June 17-20, 2024 (Toronto)

VivaTech: June 2024 (Paris)

Tech Open Air (Germany)

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