Place: Cologne, Germany.
Geography Focus: European & Middle East startups.
Size: Pettite (<1k people)
- Exposure: because the startups in this conference are pre-selected by Pirate Summit crew beforehand (they literally go around the world chasing startups to later present in Pirate Summit), there are only a few startups presenting (60?). Therefore, as founder, the amount of attention you can get from investors during this conference is much more than in any conference.
- Openness: there are no VIP areas, no investor areas, no division among attendees. Everyone is accessible to everyone. You can jump into a top investor while grabbing a drink.
Place: Helsinki, Finland.
Date: Late November.
Topic: Generic. However, because the Nordics are recognized by their gaming startups, last year Slush embraced this topic significantly.
Geography Focus: European startups, but mainly Nordic startups.
Size: Big (10k-15k people)
- Transparency: Slush matching tool connecting startups & investors is great. It is easy to look for startups (open database of all participants) and set up meetings with founders. During the event there is a space designated only for these meetings.
- After Party: those Nordics organize the best night events I have been to.
Place: London, UK.
Topic: Every year the organizers choose a different topic. 2016 was about machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Geography Focus: European startups (meanly from UK).
Size: Medium (<5k people)
- Few is more: the number of startups presenting in this conference is manageable for investors. As investor you can have an overview of all startups attending this event. This is great for founders as your chances of meeting investors are higher than in other conferences.
- Exposure: you might already know but the organizer of this conference is Tech Crunch, so during these two days Tech Crunch crew (jurnalists and tech lovers) attend this event and write about the startups presenting here. Conclusion: if you are presenting your Startup here, you probably will be featured in Tech Crunch.
- Startup Battlefield: I am not a fan of this kind of competitions, but these guys know how to do them very well. They are good at choosing the participants and the winners. Moreover, the winners get in the spotlight of investors and techies. Some of the winners of Startup Battlefield are: N26, Olly, Juckdeck, SeenIt.
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