published 9 Mar 2015 by Petya Sabinova 4 minutes 20 seconds to read

Top startup spring events

One of the most event-heavy period over the year promises to be the spring. Apart from the Pioneers festival, several other notable events will take place in the greenest season. Have a look yourself!


Regional Events

For those who don’t have the time, nor money to travel too far away, the CEE countries still offer enough interesting events in the coming months. Take a look at some of the shindigs just around the corner.

CEE Digital Summit, Sofia (Bulgaria): 20-22 April 2015

The Webit-organised event promises to gather over 3,000 attendees and 100 speakers on 20-22 April in Sofia. Current ticket prices (valid till 1 April 2015) start at 150 euros (more information can be found here). Apart from the usual speeches the summit will include a plethora of events spanning from games, expos and a leaders lunch, a fashion TV party and two signature Webit parties. As a media partner of CEE Digital Summit, you will find exclusive coverage right here.

CRAFT Conference, Budapest (Hungary): 22-24 April 2015

The software craftsmanship event is offering a wide range of tickets, starting at 60 dollars here. The event will take place in a newly-renovated Royal Garden Pavillion, and will include speakers from Google, Elasticsearch, Twitter and Dev Bootcamp.

Login Tech Conference, Vilnius (Lithuania): 7-8 May 2015

One of the biggest tech events in the Baltics will take place on 7 and 8 May in Lithuania. The event promises to bring together more than 100 speakers with over 4,000 participants and introduce them to “the brightest upcoming tendencies through various workshops, seminars and competitions.” Early bird tickets have sold out, but the ones currently on sale start at 40 euros, with late arrivals (after 1 May) going from 55 euros.

PODIM Conference, Maribor (Slovenia): 13-14 May 2015

The 35th edition of the conference, will focus on the topic of “collaboration of startups and established companies: A dream combination or a nearly impossible goal. Attended mostly by entrepreneurship enthusiasts from the Alpe-Adria region, the conference will include networking opportunities, guest speakers and the award ceremony for Slovenia’s startup of the year. There is no information on ticket pricing yet, but you can still sign up for a special discount.

Latitude59, Tallinn (Estonia): 14-15 May 2015

Hosted by the Tallinn University of Technology, organizers describe this conference as “the go-to place for the Nordic and Baltic startup scene in the spring.” Aiming to get entrepreneurs, founders and innovators together with investors, lawyers and VCs, the conference is part of Estonian ICT Week. Early bird tickets are still selling for 59 euros a piece.

DigitalK Sofia (Bulgaria): 21-22 May 2015

With 50 speakers and over 1,500 attendees, DigitalK in Sofia is one of the biggest annual events in Eastern Europe. What’s more, it exclusively focuses on startups, with parallel pitches and investor panels. Last year’s event met the audience with executives from Twitter, Netflix, Uber, and this year, the announced speakers include representatives with Havas Media Group, Ballou PR, Eventbrite, Stripe and Point Nine Capital. Tickets sell for 100 BGN (approximately 52 euros) per person.

Pioneers Festival, Vienna (Austria): 28-29 May 2015

As mentioned in our article about the key events in 2015, the Pioneers event is one of the biggest in the region and definitely has the most palatial location. Tickets are currently sold out. Late-comer tickets – sold from 7 May on - will start at 345 euros. So far, four speakers have been announced - Roman Stanek from, Tim Chang from Mayfield, Fred Destin from Accel Partners and Megan Jones from Lantern.


Wider Circle

For those willing to venture slightly outside of their comfort zone, the rest of Europe offers a wealth of events. See our selection for you below.

Start Summit, St. Gallen (Switzerland): 17-18 April 2015

Organised by the University of St. Gallen, this conference focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation, creating a “unique environment where high-skilled IT & Science specialists get in touch with experienced businessmen.” Focusing on the increasing digitalisation of the world, the summit is organized by a student association of volunteers and brings together about 600 students, entrepreneurs and investors. Tickets are still available for students, founders and investors - all details can be found here.

The Next Web, Amsterdam (Netherlands): 23-24 April 2015

Also part of the key 2015 events, this one will gather 3,500 people discuss the latest web trends, learn about best business practices and meet the world's influencers of technology and innovation. Tickets are currently priced 545 euros, investors have to pay 750 euros. Confirmed speakers include the author of Getting Things Done, David Allen, Justin Kan, Partner in Y Combinator, Mark Randall, VP of Creativity in Adobe and Roxanne Varza from Microsoft Ventures Europe, who will also make an appearance at DigitalK a month later.

Startup Day, Stockholm (Sweden): 25 April 2015

More than a thousand local and international founders, student entrepreneurs, investors, media reps will get together for a day on 25 April in Sweden. According to organizers, the event will feature “an eclectic line-up of speakers, startup pitches, exhibitors, and a diverse group of passionate attendees”. Early bird tickets start at 450 Swedish kronas or approximately 49 euros.

HEUREKA Conference, Berlin (Germany): 6 May 2015

“The conference for founders who want to bring their business to the next level,” will take place on 6 May in Berlin. Early bird tickets are currently available for 50 euros for students, 189 euros for startups (plus VAT) and 349 euros (plus VAT) for 'Service' tickets.