There are many ways to learn and boost your skills these days: you can read blogs, listen to podcasts, watch videos on YouTube or attend webinars.
However, the traditional way of attending a conference can rejuvenate your focus and your determination, helping you to find new business ideas you want to implement while learning from some of the best speakers.
Best startup events to visit in the US in 2018
Our goal is to create a one go-to resource for you to keep you updated on all the upcoming startup events around the world.
This time, we prepared an overview of the US-based startup events in 2018 that are worth your time. For your convenience, we sorted them out in chronological order.
Startup events in March 2018
The Startup Showcase | March 5, Philadelphia, PA | In collaboration with the Pan African Community Studies Education Program, Temple University, Uni-Five proudly presents “The Startup Showcase” a pitch competition, course, and documentary. Learn how to pitch and create a pitch deck, pitch your idea among a community of supporters designed to fund and support ideas to enhance our communities.
Strata Data Conference | March 5-6, San Jose, CA | Every year thousands of top data scientists, analysts, engineers, and executives converge at Strata Data Conference—the largest gathering of its kind. It’s where technologists and decision makers turn data and algorithms into business advantage.
The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit | March 6-8, Sonoma Valley, CA | The Linux Foundation Open Source Leadership Summit is the premier forum where open source leaders convene to drive digital transformation with open source technologies and learn how to collaboratively manage the largest shared technology investment of our time.
Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend | March 9-11, Fayetteville, AR | Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
Startup Party @SXSW 2018 | March 12, Austin, TX | Turkish Station presents a happy hour/networking event for SXSW attendees including startups, mentors, investors andcreative professionals across the globe.
Startup 425 Foundations | March 14, Bellevue, WA | Join Startup 425, the King County Library System, and seasoned professionals from SCORE for a series of workshops focused on bringing your ideas to reality, from developing a business plan to crafting a financing and marketing strategy.
4th Annual Startup St. Bernard | March 19, Violet, LA | Startup St. Bernard is a robust companion contest held in conjunction with New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (#NOEW2018)
Startup Milwaukee Emerge March: HealthTech | March 21, Milwaukee, WI | Milwaukee has a growing cluster of Healthcare Technology startups and established companies. In March, we will highlight the growing HealthTech ecosystem in Southeast Wisconsin.
Startup Bootcamp | March 24-25, Los Angeles, CA | Grid110 Startup Bootcamp will bring together 30 early-stage startup founders and leaders who are exploring next steps in their venture and are actively working to elevate their business through its next phase.
Adobe Summit 2018 | March 25-29, Las Vegas, NV | Become an expert in being an experience-led business. At Summit, you’ll get the strategies, tools, and insights you need to put the customer experience first.
Chicago Women’s Money Conference | March 31, Chicago, IL | This conference is poised to be the #1 Financial Conference in Chicage. The NIA Group, a non-profit financial literacy organization, is bringing this inspirational conference to Chicago. By combining our efforts with the Women’s Money program, we have developed a conference that will offer resources and systems that will help women their finances for today and tomorrow.
Startup events in April 2018
Empire Startups Fintech Conference New York | April 18, New York, NY | In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups. The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the world.
Entrepreneurs Cruise | April 22-29, Orlando, FL | It’s the one event for Entrepreneurs you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, Entrepreneurs Cruise 2018’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools.
The Linux Storage, Filesystem & Memory Management Summit | April 23-25, Park City, UT | The Linux Storage, Filesystem & Memory Management Summit gathers the foremost development and research experts and kernel subsystem maintainers to map out and implement improvements to the Linux filesystem, storage and memory management subsystems that will find their way into the mainline kernel and Linux distributions in the next 24-48 months.
MarTech | April 23-25, San Jose, CA | MarTech is a tech conference for marketers and marketing conference for technologists. Management, as a discipline, is an integral and essential part of the program.
Xojo Developer Conference | April 25-27, Denver, CO | XDC is the premiere event for anyone wanting to get the most out of their tool. Taking place April 25-27, 2018 at the Magnolia Hotel, we’ll have sessions for those who are just getting their feet wet, to topics for the most advanced Xojo developer, this conference promises to have something for everyone.
StarEast | April 29 – May 4, Orlando, FL | STAREAST—one of the longest-running and most respected conferences on software testing and quality assurance. The event week features over 100 learning and networking opportunities and covers a wide variety of some of the most in-demand topics and testing innovations.
Startup events in May 2018
MicroConf 2018 | May 1-3, Las Vegas, NV | MicroConf is the conference for self-funded software entrepreneurs.
TiE Inflect | May 4-7, Santa Clara, CA | Come and learn from the world’s best minds on how AI combined with disruptive technologies like Blockchain and IOT are radically transforming every industry including FinTech, MarTech, HealthTech and more.
FINOVATE SPRING | May 8-11, Santa Clara, CA | See the cutting-edge of fintech via a unique, short-form, demo format. Plus, new for 2018, get advice and insights from 100+ fintech experts in a newly expanded program. All coming to you live from Silicon Valley, the world’s biggest tech and innovation hotbed.
99u | May 9-11, New York City, NY | The 99U Conference draws one of the most motivated, savvy, creative, and action-oriented audiences in the world.
Startup World Cup 2018 | May 11, San Francisco, CA | Startup World Cup is a global event where startups from around the world will be coming to San Francisco to battle for a US $1,000,000 grand prize in investment.
TechCrunch Disrupt | May 15-17, New York City, NY | TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators.
Space Tech Expo | May 22-24, Pasadena, CA | America’s engineering and manufacturing meeting place for space technology
ScaleUp Summit Spring 2018 | May 22-23, New Orleans, LA | Smart leadership has never been more important for growth companies. At this career-transforming event, you’ll learn how to guide your team to shape and achieve goals that will move your business forward–no matter what the economy does.
GrowCo 2018 | May 30 – June 1, New Orleans, LA | GrowCo is no ordinary business conference. It’s about tactical business advice and focusing on what it takes to boost your business growth for years to come.
Startup events in June 2018
Fluent | June 11-14, San Jose, CA | Fluent covers a broad range of technologies and topics to provide web programming professionals with the skills, connections, and inspiration needed to build better online and mobile experiences.
Velocity | June 11-14, San Jose, CA | At Velocity, you’ll learn more than a single tool or technology; the program is designed to cut across vendors, technologies, and frameworks and offer you the most comprehensive coverage of the full distributed systems stack.
HustleCon | June 22, Oakland, CA | Hustle Con is a one-day startup event where the world’s most successful non-technical founders:
- Tell their origin stories
- Teach the practical tactics they used to start and grow their startup
- Share behind the scenes insights on their wins and losses.
World Domination Summit 2018 | June 26 – July 2, Portland, OR | Since 2011, WDS has brought together more than 10,000 remarkable people from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Our mission is to explore community, to undertake an adventure, and to be of service to all those around us.
Startup events in July 2018
MozCon | July 9-11, Seattle, WA | Join us for a three-day, one-track conference full of forward-thinking, tactical sessions in SEO, growth marketing, the mobile landscape, analytics, content marketing, and more.
Startup events in August 2018
- To be announced soon
Startup events in September 2018
Content Marketing World | September 4-7, Cleveland, OH | Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry.
INBOUND 2018 | September 4-7, Boston, MA | INBOUND 2017 featured almost 300 breakout sessions from some of the biggest names and brightest minds in sales and marketing. INBOUND 2017 was packed with dozens of new tactics to take your business to the next level—and 2018 will be too.
BIF2018 | September 13-14, Providence, RI | At the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit, 500 people come together in a historic theater to hear 15-minute stories of transformation, as 32 people from many different industries and sectors tell the stories of their creative processes, their struggles, and where they’re going in the future.
Microsoft Ignite | September 24 – 28, Orlando, FL | Meet innovators and explore tomorrow’s tech at Microsoft Ignite.
FinCon2018 | September 26-29, Orlando, FL | Four days of discovery, business, learning, and connecting with your peers. Early check-in and workshops begin Wednesday at noon.
Velocity | September 30 – October 3, New York, NY | Velocity brings together a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community of engineers who are focused on sharing best practices and solutions for building and maintaining complex distributed systems.
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Startup events in October 2018
Ontrapalooza | October 3-5, Santa Barbara, CA | A three-day conference for entrepreneurs, marketers and business leaders packed to the brim with hands-on workshops, in-depth software sessions, and inspiring keynotes from leading experts.
&Then | October 7-9, Las Vegas, NV | Each year, &THEN becomes the global HQ for the data-driven marketing industry. It’s a place where ideas take root and business gets done. That’s why, year after year, &THEN attracts the best and brightest in our industry.
LEND360 | October 8-10, Chicago, IL | LEND360 is the go-to event that connects every angle of the online lending industry. Get plugged into the trends, information and opportunities you need to move your business forward.
SpiceWorld2018 | October 8-10, Austin, TX | We’re bringing together thousands of IT pros, dozens of sponsoring vendors, and hundreds of tech marketers for 3 jam-packed days. Get ready for practical how-to sessions, all the networking, and tons of fun!
ScaleUp Summit Fall 2018 | October 16-17, Denver, CO | Smart leadership has never been more important for growth companies. At this career-transforming event, you’ll learn how to guide your team to shape and achieve goals that will move your business forward–no matter what the economy does.
INC.500 | October 17-19, San Antonio, TX | Celebrate your growing success at the Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala. Be among the most successful entrepreneurs for three days of power networking, breakthrough insights, and pure fun.
Money20/20 USA | October 21-24, Las Vegas, NV | Money20/20 organizes the largest global events enabling payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data and technology.
Ignite 2018 | October 22-23, Anaheim, California | Ignite 2018 USA will be the sixth – and the most exciting, most technically advanced – Palo Alto Networks Ignite cybersecurity conference. This four-day event will be overflowing with highly technical 1:1 sessions, the latest in network security, endpoint security and cloud security, specialized course tracks, technological disruption, expert speakers, outstanding networking opportunities, Ultimate Test Drives, Hands-On Workshops, PSE and PCNSE certification exams, and more Cyber Range trainings than we’ve ever offered.
UX NEXT | October, Palo Alto, CA | From the creators of the industry leading Internet of Things World, UX Next will showcase the evolution and future direction of service enablement. Join 350+ tech disruptors and 70+ pioneering speakers to embrace the digital roadmap and multiplatform UX.
PopTech | October 31 – November 3, Point Lookout, ME | The PopTech conference serves as the annual gathering of a robust community of over 600 remarkable scientists, technologists, humanitarians, designers, artists, innovators, corporate and governmental leaders, academics, and those who defy tidy categorization.
Startup events in November 2018
LA18 | November 2-5, Los Angeles, CA | For three days, the festival will host a wide array of talks, performances, wellness classes, art installations, gourmet food, and experiences designed to foster relationships and inspire new perspectives.
Strategic Growth Forum | November 7-11, Palm Springs, CA | Join top CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and influential business and government leaders from around the world to share experiences on innovation, transactions, growth and what’s shaping the future of the global economy.
MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum | November 13-16, San Francisco, CA | MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum is more than just a quirky (not-so-little) conference. It’s the place where leaders, innovators, and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets to success. (Plus belly laughs, creative networking, shenanigans, and marketers-off-the-clock antics.)
Empire Startups Fintech Conference San Francisco | November 13, San Francisco, CA | Hear from those forging new trails in payments, blockchain, lending, robo-advisors, insurance tech, real estate and more. In addition to attracting hundreds of FinTech entrepreneurs, this conference also plays host to the investors and service providers that help accelerate startups. The audience can also look forward to keynotes, panels and demo updates from some of the top FinTech startups in the world.
Startup events in December 2018
Growth Marketing Conference | December 11-12, San Francisco, CA | Learn real-world strategies and tactics for supercharging your growth, straight from industry leaders who’ve moved the growth needle at big brands like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Reddit, Linkedin, and Slack.
What startup events are you planning to attend? Did we miss any other? Let us know in the comments below, or fill in the contact form to suggest a startup event that we should list here.