inventures Event Series Our new series provides you with the most important startup events of 2015. We will provide you with events for each season but will also present theme and industry focused events in- and outside CEE to you. Watch out for new chapters coming soon!
The early bird gets the worm, and in this particular case, it gets something much more appealing – tickets at reduced prices for some of the key events of 2015 in Europe. To help you plan your budget and presence better, we have listed the TOP EVENTS for startups in the coming year in the order in which they will take place.
GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona (Spain): 2-5 March 2015
The event, traditionally held in Barcelona is among the key meetups where startups get to sync their watches with the big industry players. Tickets for the event start at 749 euros VAT excluded, but if you also want to attend the keynote speeches and conference sessions, the price goes up to 2,199 euros, VAT excluded. Members of organiser GSMA (the GSM Association) can get a 30% discount on tickets sold by the association. Topics on the 2015 agenda will include the Internet of Things, 5G and Net Neutrality among others. With more than 85,000 attendees last year and over 4,500 of them being CEOs, this is one of the most important annual events in the industry.
The Next Web, Amsterdam (Netherlands): 23-24 April 2015
The 10th anniversary edition of the European conference will take place on 23 and 24 April in the Netherlands. Some 3,500 are expected to discuss the latest web trends, learn about best business practices and meet the world’s influencers of technology and innovation. The event is still offering signups for 2 for 1 tickets, prices not yet announced. Confirmed speakers include the author of Getting Things Done, David Allen, Justin Kan, Partner in Y Combinator and Mark Randall, VP of Creativity in Adobe.
Pioneers Festival, Vienna (Austria:) 28-29 May 2015
Although it seems that last year’s event was just around the corner, this year’s Pioneers will take place on 28 and 29 May, with early-bird tickets already sold out and regular tickets now on sale starting at 295 euros for startups and reaching 995 euros for investors. It is still a saving, though, for late-comer tickets – sold from 7 May on will start at 345 euros. The event is arguably the biggest in CEE and with its location in the Hofburg Imperial Palace in the heart of Vienna, it is also one of the grandest. This year, the organisers have decided to take advantage of the first rays of sunshine and showcase Vienna at its prettiest, holding the event in the spring, rather than early winter, as they did in 2014. Two of the speakers – Roman Stanek from Gooddata.com and Tim Chang from Mayfield have already been announced.
Pirate Summit, Cologne (Germany): 2-3 September 2015
This event is also smaller in size, but solely focused on meeting early-stage startups with investors. The annual culmination to the Pirates on Shore tour will take place in an old scrapyard in Cologne. Tickets for the event which “represents true grassroots entrepreneurship: authentic, crazy & real” are already on sale, and during the 2nd stage of early-bird tickets, running until 31 January, you can get yours starting at 150 euros for founders and 300 for investors. But do hurry up, because there are only 40 tickets available of the former and 25 of the latter.
Web Summit, Dublin (Irleand): 3-5 November 2015
As you may remember from our On the Road piece, the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin was twice as big as the year before, so, understandably, the 2015 has big shoes to fill. “The best technology conference on the planet” will take place on 3 to 5 November and the signup for a 2 for 1 tickets discount just ended but there are still chances to grab some early-bird tickets (details will follow once confirmed).
Le Web, Paris (France): 15 December 2015
The digital innovation conference expects to surpass its 2014 landmarks – over 3,200 participants from over 80 countries and more than 200 startups. Of course, this list is far from exhaustive – with the buzz around startups growing by the month, there is an overwhelming number of localized events taking place throughout Central and Eastern Europe. If you want to stay on top of these, keep informed in our events section, updated regularly.