5 Conferences in 2018 for Entrepreneurs

Best Conferences for Entrepreneurs

  • Startup Grind Global
  • South by Southwest
  • Forbes Women’s Summit
  • LAUNCH Festival
  • USASBE National Conference

As an entrepreneur, you’ll have limited funds to attend conferences, but they’re important for growth and investment opportunities. You’ll benefit from attending one or two a year, but it’s vital that you’re planning to attend the best ones of the year.

1. Startup Grind Global

This conference will be held February 12, 2018 through February 14, 2018. The conference organizers have labeled the conference as the Google for Entrepreneurs. It’ll be held in Redwood City, California in 2018. There will be keynote speakers, startup exhibits and investors at the conference. Workshops to help you pitch more effectively will be given. Some entrepreneurs will be picked to pitch to investors from the main stage too.

2. South by Southwest

The SXSW conference isn’t held specifically for any one industry. It’s a conference that encompasses all the ideas shaping the future from entrepreneurs, the tech industry, film, music and journalism. If 2018 is like previous years, there will be film screenings, interactive technology and spaces to network with other entrepreneurs. There will be plenty of live performances and places to attend workshops. It’s a creative and business person’s dream conference. It’ll be held in Austin, Texas on March 9 through March 18.

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3. Forbes Women’s Summit

This event celebrates women in high levels of business. From actresses to activists and executives to entertainers, the women at the summit have achieved success through action, and they share words of wisdom with attendees of the summit. In 2017, some of the speakers were award-winning journalists like Tamron Hall, Judge Judy Sheindlin from television, Lesley Slaton Brown who is Chief Diversity Officer at HP, Inc and Kerry Washington who is an actress and activist.

4. LAUNCH Festival

This conference will be held in April 2018 in San Francisco, California. While it’s a conference, it’s being called a festival because the organizers want it to be a celebration of all aspects of being an entrepreneur. There’s a party atmosphere at these conference for entrepreneurs, but it’s supported by giant businesses like IBM and Microsoft. There’s a chance you could be chosen to pitch your business to investors on the main stage at the event too. You’ll be able to meet angel investors and learn tactics from successful investors and entrepreneurs.

5. United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Conference

This is a conference organized by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The 2018 conference is being sponsored and hosted by California State University at Northridge. The event is being held January 10 through 14 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. There will be workshops, teaching courses and research panels at the conference.

Conferences for entrepreneurs are a great way to connect and network with peers, get investors for your ideas and immerse yourself in the joy of being an entrepreneur with others who share your passion.