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Must attend Best events for startups in Europe 2018

Events act as the lifeblood of the startup realm in the UK and Europe. From seminars and talks to conferences and more, the events could be varied that let you learn life-changing lessons, network with the best of startup entrepreneurs, meet key investors and founders, get inspiration and new ideas, and know more about the nation’s vibrant startup community. Here are some of the year’s best, must-attend UK events:

  • Supercharged (May 1, 8.30am-5.30pm, County Hall London): Get useful insights into how marketing is powered by machine learning, AI, and emerging technology, and explore ways to create marketing opportunities through more targeted, effective and customized communications.
  • Adobe Summit (May 3-4, ExCel London): Listen to leading experts talk and learn new strategies to improve your business and client experiences at this networking and learning event for digital marketing professionals.
  • Innovate UK’s Digital Business Drop-in (May 3, 9.30am-12.30pm, Digital Catapult Centre, London): Innovators seeking support to expand their business will get to know about various upcoming opportunities that the speakers will talk about, get a chance to network with other businesses, find out different forms of support that Innovate UK makes available for them, meet advisors who can help by making valuable business introductions, and use 3-minute presentations to introduce and showcase their digital business.
  • AWS Startup Day London 2018 (May 9, 9am-6pm, ICC, ExCeL London): This one-day event is for inspiration, learning and networking that aim to boost growth and innovation of startups.
  • Accelerating Growth – the event for start-ups (May 10, 6 pm, Major Players, 73-75 Endell Street, London): Listen how an experienced entrepreneur has grown Eve Sleep to gain the top spot in UK’s Start-ups league table with a whopping 355% revenue growth driven by sales across 10 countries. At this event, you can also hear Seedrs CMO discuss crowdfunding and the general funding landscape apart from talking about how co-investment in rounds is done by VC’s.
  • Newcastle Startup Week (May 14-18, Newcastle): This multi-venue event helps people begin the business or grow it in the North East by covering funding, inspiration, growth, expansion and more.
  • The Business Show (May 16-17, ExCeL London): With 250 seminars, 12 master classes, 350 exhibitors and 25,000 businesses with noted speakers like Olly Sewell (Facebook’s SMB Manager, Ireland and UK), Simon Woodroffe (Founder of YOTEL and Yo! Sushi), Steven Smith (Founder of Poundland) and many more, this free-to-attend event shouldn’t be missed.
  • UC EXPO (May 16-17, ExCeL London): With over 100 exhibitors and 6,500+ IT professionals displaying the latest technology along with 100+ educational seminars (that are free to attend), this offers the ideal chance to learn, network and consult industry experts.
  • VR World 2018 (May 22-23, Olympia London): It’s a 2-day conference and exhibition that emphasizes on Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality together with their impact beyond the realm of gaming. Already in its 3rd year, VR World 2018 has 150+ leading speakers and 4 in-depth event tracks. There’s no other European event that gives the market as much detailed coverage as this event. Attending this event would give you unmatched networking opportunities together with getting access to useful content (case-study led) and visionary speakers. From feeling inspired by listening to the words of keynotes speakers to getting useful insight from thought-provoking panel discussions steered by key players who are redefining technological boundaries, VR World 2018 is a must-attend event.
  • Global Regtech Summit (May 22, Kings Place at Kings Cross London): This is Europe’s leading event for Risktech, Regtech and cybersecurity, which would be attended by 600 delegates, over 100 CTOs, CCOs, Directors, and MDs from financial institutions together with over 100 leaders working in the fields of innovation, compliance, technology, cybersecurity and risk management. This event will also bring together over 100 industry advisors at senior levels with proven execution expertise and deal advisory proficiency, along with several global investors, regulators and innovation leaders. If you register early for Global Regtech Summit, you may get a chance to attend exclusive partner events and benefit from 1-2-1 meetings.
  • London Tech Week (June 11-17, London): 55,000+ tech innovators and enthusiasts from more than 90 countries attend 300+ events to network, get inspired and play a role in shaping the future.
  • Startup Grind Europe Conference (June 13, 9am-7pm, Central Hall, Westminster London): Ideal for startups everywhere, it brings together global thought leaders and founders from all around the world for conversations around trends in software, tech, education, venture capital, company creation and scaling, and much more. Several educators, innovators, and investors will share their stories and lessons learned on their road to establishing great companies.
  • IoT Showcase 2018 (June 7, 5.30-10 pm, Cocoon Networks London): Some of UK’s best IoT startups display their products in this event alongside the industry’s leading technology providers. Attend this event to join 500+ pioneers and know as well as network with people who are reinventing and reshaping the future of things.
  • Experience Haus: A Conversation About Design (November 30, 9.30am-5.30 pm, Rise London): Speakers from diverse industries such as fin-tech, construction, education, publishing and more will share stimulating talks on what’s the future of design across product marketing, experience design, branding and product design. Apart from getting useful insight and information, event participants would get to meet and network with their fellow creative individuals.
  • Turing Fest Scotland (August 1-2, Edinburgh): Almost 40 of the smartest global minds in the tech field converge during this two-day event to share key strategic and tactical insights. More than 1,250 CEOs, founders, designers, engineers, product managers and marketers are expected to attend together to learn, connect and share.
  • adtech (September 26-27, London): It’s UK’s one of the largest and best e-commerce focused events, which brings together global agencies, brands, media owners and tech providers as well as startups under one roof. Some of the confirmed speakers of this event this year include Sam Tomlinson (PwC Partner), Mark Adams (VICE – VP, and Head of Innovation), Nina Bibby (O2’s Chief Marketing Officer), and Angela Yore (SkyParlour Co-Founder and MD).
  • Bread & Jam (October 4-5, Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London): This boot camp and conference is United Kingdom’s first food founders’ festival that brings together food and drinks innovators, founders, industry leaders and investors for panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops and more. Food and drink producers who want to either begin or scale up their business would benefit from attending this event.
  • Startup Summit (October 31, Scotland): Held at a single venue and across multiple stages, this one-day event gives you direct access to the investors, founders, and executives who have powered some of the most successful companies in the world.
  • Social Media Week (November 14-16, QEII Conference Centre London): Leading brands and individuals from diverse fields of media, entertainment, marketing, and technology will convene to explore the global theme of “Closer”, which relates to the deepening conflict between individualism and community.
  • Made Entrepreneur Festival (date to be decided, Sheffield): Though the date of this premier event for entrepreneurship isn’t yet confirmed, it’s usually held in November. The goal of this event is to inspire and educate entrepreneurs (who are beginners and at an initial stage of their ventures) and business owners who have already established their ventures.
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