Top 3 startup events in Europe

23 Aug 2014
| Last update: 06 Oct 2015

Oh my! Every year, more and more startup events are being organized. But how do you filter through them all? It’s pretty much impossible. How do you choose which one to go to? Obviously, you want to attend the best events out there, so that you benefit from them at maximum.

Despite the rise of social media, meeting people in person still remains the number one means through which we connect to people and build relationships. Offline networking is one of the reasons we attend startup events, because it’s important to nurture the connections we already have, and make some new ones, too.

It’s been really hard choosing only three events. There are definitely many more good ones out there. Enough with the introduction, and let’s dig into it.

1. FailConstartup events

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I am going to start this top with something different from all the startup events: FailCon is a one-day conference, where startup founders share their failures, and also get a chance to hear about others’. They say that it’s an event that prepares you for success. The good thing is that it can take place on any continent, and in over a dozen countries. Every country has its own culture, so FailCon tries to go to as many as possible, because that is the only way to understand why something failed.

The idea behind the conference was born in San Francisco in 2009, as a response to all the startup events that were talking only about success. I totally agree with what they say on their website, that “failure is still a taboo topic all over the world”. I hope that this will change in time. If you want FailCon in your city, you can contact them.

2. Pirate Summit (ARRRR!)startup events

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The Pirate Summit is also a young event. This year, it’s the fourth edition, taking place in Cologne, Germany. Also, they will introduce for the first time the Pirate Week, that will last for 5 days. So, why is this summit so special? you may ask. They say that it’s “the place to celebrate entrepreneurship”. Also, every year they have the “Walk-The-Plank” pitch competition.

Now you have the chance to become a pirate. I’m sure that you secretly wanted that as a child. I really liked that they took this pirate thing seriously. Their website is pretty much wrote in pirate language. You should check it out. It’s really fun.

3. Dublin Web Summitstartup events

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This is the event for you if you’re interested in the latest trends in technology. The first edition took place only recently, in 2010, and had about 500 people attending. Last year, it managed to gather about 10 000 people. The quality was ensured by the speakers (Tony Hawk and Kevin Rose from Google Ventures were just a couple of them), and also by the startups that came there.

The Dublin Web Summit’s goal is to make people understand how is technology changing the world we live in, and what impact it has on your business. It’s amazing how it’s become “one of the world’s most influential and international tech events” in such a short period of time.

What are your top 3 startup events in Europe?

Aaand I’m done. My personal favorite out of all this startup events is FailCon. Everybody should take a look closer at what went wrong, instead of just closing their eyes and ignore the problem. Maybe one day, I will bring FailCon to my country.

What are your favorite events? Write them in the comments below.

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Ana Darstaru

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Ana has a strong sense of pragmatism and realism. Aside from the articles she writes for our lovely clients, she also loves testing new beauty products, and is obsessed with Pulp Fiction.
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