UPDATE: We released a new list of the best startup events to visit in 2017.

Last year, we have tried to list the startup events which would take place before the end of year 2015.

This time, we compiled a list of some of the most notable startup events and conventions. Whether you are already running a company or  you are just curious of what might be trendy in the future, these events will definitely help you get noticed, expand your network, and meet prospective customers or investors.

So here is the list of the startup events to visit in 2016:

Best European startup events to visit in 2016

Startup events in January 2016

DLD16, January 17-19, Munich, Germany | Digital-Life-Design is a global conference on innovation, digitization, science and culture
#ParisFounders, January 28, Tel Aviv, Israel | #ParisFounders brings together founders from all over the world to talk about why they are making headlines
CPDP 2016, January 27-29, Brussels, Belgium | A world-leading multidisciplinary conference CPDP which offers the cutting edge in legal, regulatory, academic and technological development in privacy and data protection
FOSDEM, January 30-31, Brussels, Belgium | FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate

Startup events in February 2016

Lift Conference, February 9-10, Geneva, Switzerland | Innovation and digital technologies conference
Finovate, February 10-11, London, United Kingdom | The future of financial & banking technology
TechChill Baltics 2016, February 11, Riga, Latvia | The hottest Baltic tech and startup conference
Social Media Week, February 22-26, Hamburg, Jakarta, Lagos, New York | A leading news platform and worldwide conference devoted to social media and its future developments
Startup Turkey, February 25-27, Antalya, Turkey | One of the best European events for startups
Mobile World Congress, February 22-25, Barcelona, Spain | The world’s largest annual gathering of mobile and related industry C-Level executives
4YFN [4 Years From Now], February 22-25, Barcelona, Spain | 4YFN [4 Years From Now] is the home of the growing global tech startup community

Startup events in March 2016

Technoport 2016, March 2-3, Trondheim, Norway | Norway’s meeting place for innovation
QCon 2016
, March 7-9, London, United Kingdom | A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams
Exec I/O Fintech, March 8, Frankfurt, Germany | #execfintech is the biggest application/invitation-only fintech conference in Europe
SmashingConf 2016, March 15-16, Oxford, United Kingdom | The 3-day conference is packed with smart real-life solutions and techniques, ranging from front end to design to UX — and a few delightful surprises along the way
CeBIT, March 14-18, Hannover, Germany | One of the largest global conferences that brings together entrepreneurs interested in big data, digital transformation, Internet of Things and social businesses
START Summit, March 18-19, St. Gallen, Switzerland | Europe’s leading talent conference for entrepreneurship and innovation
Wearable Technology Show, March 15-16, London, United Kingdom | One of the largest networking events for wearable technology & IOT
The Gadget Show Live 2016, March 31-April 3, Birmingham, United Kingdom | UK’s largest technology exhibition event

Startup events in April 2016

Startup Camp Berlin, April 8-9, Berlin, Germany | Startup Camp serves as the largest early stage startup event in Berlin
MIPTV, April 4-7, Cannes, France | The world’s annual most-established TV and digital content market and the biggest gathering of entertainment industry professionals
Innovate Finance Global Summit, April 9-11, London, United Kingdom | Building on the phenomenal success of our first event, IFGS 2016 will provide an opportunity to champion the latest developments in financial technology and celebrate the accomplishments of the global FinTech community
Wolves Summit, April 12-13, Warsaw, Poland | One of the biggest tech gatherings in Europe with innovation and best practices in sales, marketing and technology
CEE Digital Summit, April 19-21, Sofia, Bulgaria | The most influential digital & tech gathering for the markets of Central & Eastern Europe
Startup Day Stockholm, April 23, Stockholm, Sweden | The keynote event for startups in Stockholm
Digital Media Europe, April 20-22, Vienna, Austria | Digital Media Europe is the only truly European conference focused on digital revenue
Business Rocks 2016, April 21-22, Manchester, United Kingdom | 2 DAY GLOBAL START-UP PITCH BATTLE
Marketing Week Live 2016, April 27-28, London, United Kingdom | Get new ideas to accelerate your projects, streamline your operations, and get ahead of your competition with MWL’16

Startup events in May 2016

Maastricht Week of Entrepreneurship, May 11-13, Maastricht, the Netherlands | A 3-day interdisciplinary hub that empowers individuals to make a positive change in the world as entrepreneurs
ICT Spring Europe, May 10-11, Luxembourg | One of the leading conferences in digital trends, user experiences and fintech
Thinking digital, May 10-11, The Sage Gateshead, United Kingdom | A convention on the latest digital trends and innovation from leading industry experts
Adobe Summit EMEA 2016, May 11-12, London, United Kingdom | Deep insights. Focused learning. Endless networking. Join Europe’s largest digital marketing conference and learn how you can combine creativity, content and data to create compelling experiences for your customers
PODIM Conference 2016, May 11-12, Maribor, Slovenia | Hidden forces of startups
The Next Web Europe Conference, May 26-27, Amsterdam, the Netherlands | A global event where business and culture collide
Pioneer’s Festival, May 24-25, Vienna, Austria | Leading tech festival for tech innovators and investors
Connected Conference, May 25-27, Paris, France |Connected Conference is a 3-Day Conference & Expo highlighting the intersection of the Industrial & Internet sectors
Beyond Tellerand, May 9-11, Düsseldorf, Germany | Two inspiring days with talks about design, technology and inspiration in a single track and one day with workshops 2016, May 28-29, Budva, Montenegro | is one of the biggest tech/business conferences in Southeast Europe
Latitude59, May 31-June 1, Tallinn, Estonia | The #EstonianMafia flagship tech conference

Startup events in June 2016

Enterprise Digital SUMMIT 2016, June 1-2, Paris, France | Conference on Social Collaboration, the Future of Work & the Digital Transformation
CHALLENGERS 2016, June 9-10, Barcelona, Spain | Challengers is a closed-door, high impact technology and entrepreneur event, focusing on trending themes, which have significant meaning to our lives and to the future of our world
, June 7-10, Cannes, France | The conference where music and tech companies meet
Heureka Conference, June 7, Berlin, Germany | A conference for founders looking for accelerating their companies
Berlin Web Week, June 7-17, Berlin, Germany | A week-long festival on current trends in digital industry and society
The Europas, June 14, London, United Kingdom | The European tech startup awards & invitation-only conference
Founders Forum, June 15-16, London, United Kingdom | Founders Forum is a private network of the leading digital and technology entrepreneurs
Startup Extreme, June 15-17, Bergen/Voss, Norway | Startup Extreme is a one-day open conference in Bergen, followed by an Invite-Only, two-day summit in the Norwegian fjords, gathering the top 200 investors, media, innovators and Nordic founders for extreme activities and networking
EdTechXEurope, June 15-16, London, United Kingdom | EdTechXEurope is the leading thought leader summit bringing together executive level investors, innovators and industry influencers from European and international education companies
Sonar+D, June 16-18, Barcelona, Spain | International conference for digital creativity & innovation technology
Cannes Lions Conference, June 18-25, Cannes, France |  Founded in 1954, Cannes Lions is an eight-day programme of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking

Startup events in July 2016

EIT Digital Accelerator Challenge, July 31, Berlin, Germany | The EIT Digital Accelerator accepts new applications from companies that are ready to scale up

Startup events in August 2016

The Festival of Code 2016, August 1-7, United Kingdom | The Festival of Code is the largest annual hack event for young people in the world
Game Developers Conference Europe 2016, August 15-16, Cologne, Germany | The Game Developers Conference™ Europe (GDC Europe), August 17-21, Cologne, Germany | gamescom is the world‘s largest event for interactive entertainment and the international platform for business and new products of the computer and video game industry

Startup events in September 2016

Pirate Summit, September 6-7, Cologne, Germany | An event that links entrepreneurs with venture capitalists and business angels
DM Expo, September 14-15, Köln, Germany | An event that aims to connect the global digital economy
Bits & Pretzels, September 25-27, Munich, Germany |Bits & Pretzels is a 3 day conference for founders and people from the startup ecosystem
NEXT16, September 22-23, Hamburg, Germany | NEXT is the event for those who actively participate in shaping the digital transformation
EuroIA 2016, September 22-24, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | The EuroIA summit is the leading Information Architecture (IA) and User Experience (UX) conference for Europe
Technology For Marketing 2016, September 28-29, London, United Kingdom | The premier event for marketers to source, understand and maximise the use of technology-powered marketing

Startup events in October 2016

IP EXPO EUROPE, October 5-6, London, United Kingdom | Europe’s number one IT event
Os!o Innovation Week, October 17-21, Oslo, Norway | Oslo Innovation Week (OIW) is the largest innovation convention in Europe, making it a significant meeting place to discuss opportunities and practices for growth and innovation every year
WIRED2016, October 13-14, London, United Kingdom | WIRED events are designed to cut through the noise and deliver insights into what’s coming next. If you want to be one step ahead WIRED events are essential dates for your 2016 calendar
Apps World 2016, October 19-20, London, United Kingdom | Apps World brings together startups, entrepreneurs, industry representatives and venture investors from across the world to discuss innovative trends in technology and apps
AD:TECH 2016, October 25-26, London, United Kingdom | Discover the next big thing in Marketing and Advertising
Internet of Things Conference2016, October 27, Moscow, Russia | A significant event in the sphere of the Internet of Everything
IoT Solutions World Congress, October 25-27, Barcelona, Spain | The Barcelona IoT Solutions World Congress aims to be the global benchmark event for the deployment of the internet of things systems in industry

Startup events in November 2016

Web Summit, November 7-10, Lisbon, Portugal | The largest tech and business convention in Europe
SLUSH, November 30- December  1, Helsinki, Finland | The focal point for Eurasian startups and technology talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media
Biohacker Summit, November 17-18, Helsinki, Finland | Biohacking is the art and science of optimizing your performance and well-being with biological & technological tools
Webit Global Congress, November 2016, Istanbul, Turkey | One of the top business conferences devoted to digital
Velocity Europe 2016 Velocity Europe 2016, November 7-9, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | The Velocity Conference provides you with real-world best practices for optimizing your site’s web pages, specifically the performance of Ajax, CSS, JavaScript, and images
AllWeb, November 18, Skopje, Macedonia | Number #1 Digital Marketing Conference in Macedonia
hub conference  2016, November 22, Berlin, Germany | The hub conference brings disruptive trends, smart technologies and the people behind them to Berlin. Global players and startups, CEOs and CIOs, science and politics establish networks and shape the digital future

Startup events in December 2016

LeWeb, December  2016, Paris, France | Conference for digital innovation and internet-driven businesses

Did we miss any other interesting events? Let us know! We will keep this list fresh by adding new events, so feel free to share other startup events worth mentioning by sharing them in the comment section below.

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  1. Hello Masha, 

    Thanks a lot for another amazing article! I’ve been following AlphaGamma for a while now, and I’ve been enjoying your work so far.
    I’ve just noticed that the links to Start Summit and Fintech Exec I/O don’t seem to work. Are they broken?

    Cheers, and keep up the great work!


  2. Maggiej1721676  Hi Mag, thanks for leaving a comment! We just went through the links again, and it seems that the problem is indeed with FinTech Exec I/O and Start Summit. While the first one seems to be temporarily down, the START Summit link works properly. In case it doesn’t, you might want to have a look at it here:

    Thanks again, and thanks for being our loyal reader!
    Cheers! Arthur

  3. Hello Editors, you’ve missed us!:)
    Bitspiration Festival, June 6-7th, 2016, Warsaw –>

    Bitspiration Festival is a startup conference aimed at CEE regions. It’s a crazy place where technology, startups & fun clash to inspire revolutionary solutions! 🙂

  4. Hi, great list! May I suggest another event for October?

    OnBrand’16 will take place on October 13, 2016 in Amsterdam. OnBrand is the leading branding conference for the international marketing communications industry. Join 500+ marketing professionals to get cutting edge marketing insight from key industry leaders, brand managers and designers.

    OnBrand 2016 prepares marketers for a new era of branding with insightful keynotes and panel discussions from leaders in branding and marketing. Our expert lineup will share their own insights and best practices, and provide you with actionable insights to succeed in the digital age.


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