June 2, 2015

Emerging Conferences for Startups Seeking Traction

Standing out in today’s crowded startup marketplace can be difficult. With many new companies flocking to tech conferences for networking, marketing opportunities, and more, you have to be selective about which ones to attend. The good news is that startups are no longer limited to the larger conferences like CES, Mobile World Congress, and SXSW. New and emerging tech conferences have cropped up that are dedicated to providing startups the opportunity to present and/or demo products and services. Here are a few upcoming tech conferences to keep on your radar: 


Location: Las Vegas, NV

Date: September 8-9

Speakers: TBD

Why startups should take notice

Machine:Con, which is produced on by the Web Summit team, is a brand new conference devoted to showcasing all the latest innovations and developments in IoT technology. Startup exhibitions are a main focus, but Machine:Con will host discussions on how connected technology is going to fundamentally change how people live their lives. This conference hones in on 5 key IoT verticals: wearables, industrial, gaming, home automation, and transport. Machine:Con has an Alpha Program where early stage startup applicants from around the world are chosen to exhibit at the event for free. Considering the bigger tech companies pay $9,950 to exhibit, being chosen for the Alpha Program is a great opportunity. Apply here


Demo Traction

Location: Boston, MA

Date: September 16                                    

Key Speakers at April 2015 event (September speakers TBD):

  • Ben Rubin, Co-Founder & CEO at Meerkat
  • Rohit Bodas, Partner at American Express Ventures
  • Des Cahill, CMO of SamePage
  • Sean Ellis, CEO at Quarlaroo

Why startups should take notice

This invite-only conference is “focused obsessively on growth” and aims to connect startups with prospective customers, investors, and strategic partners. The event is catered to startups on the cusp of major growth,and features a “Traction Studio” where hand-selected companies share their product. Startups participating at Demo Traction receive presentation training with a DEMO coach, a script review with a DEMO Executive Producer, a 4-minute presentation in front of a panel of judges and an audience full of potential partners, a 4-minute edited presentation video, and a turnkey display in the Traction Pavilion. 


Launch Scale

Location: San Francisco, CA  

Dates: October 13-14

Speaker proposals are being accepted

Why startups should take notice            

As a proud to sponsor Launch Festival 2015, Verizon Ventures is very excited about the upcoming Launch Scale event, which focuses solely on providing valuable information to startups that are ready to grow. Launch founder Jason Calacanis’ unique vision for this conference is to provide a layer of exclusivity to attendees so they can focus on learning, in detail, how to scale their companies. No media are allowed, and no videos from the event or live streams are shared. Additionally, all speakers at the event are required to perform mandatory rehearsals with Jason, and are not allowed on stage if their presentations aren’t up to par. The icing on the cake – founders that fill out a brief questionnaire can easily attend Launch Scale for free. Apply here.  

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