13 Conferences Every Savvy Entrepreneur Should Attend This Year

people attending a conference

Anton Gvozdikov/AdobeStock

AnnaMarie Houlis
AnnaMarie Houlis4.87k
Journalist & travel blogger

Whether you've just recently started a business, you've been in business for a while or you're thinking about starting a business, as an entrepreneur, there are tons of conferences you should have on your radar! Conferences are a great way of networking with other like-minded innovators, finding funding for your business, pitching and sometimes selling your ideas, learning tricks of the trade from successful peers and leaders, and finding inspiration to make moves.

So what are the best entrepreneur summits you should attend? Here are 13 you should at least know about.

13 entrepreneur conferences you should attend.

1. Youpreneuer Summit

Time of Year: November

Youpreneur Summit is considered the UK's no. 1 entrepreneurial conference. It's focused on building, marketing and monetizing your business, and it promises to give you everything you need to know to take your business to the next level, regardless of where you stand now.

2. Agents of Change

Time of Year: February

Agents of Change is an empowering conference for entrepreneurs that focuses on three major categories within the digital marketing space: search, social and mobile. At this conference, you'll have the chance to network with 400 other people, all of whom are equally excited to grow their businesses with digital marketing.

3. Traffic & Conversion Summit

Time of Year: March-April

The Traffic and Conversion Summit brings entrepreneurs, agency owners, consultants and marketing professionals together to talk about what's actually working right now in digital marketing. You'll have the opportunity to listen to 80 speakers amongst 10,000 other attendees in 108 sessions.

4. Funnel Hacking Live

Time of Year: January-February

Funnel Hacking Live brings together some of the brightest minds in, you guessed it, funneling hacking! It's hosted by Russell Brunson and the software ClickFunnels.

5. Startup Grind Global Summit 

Time of Year: February

Startup Grind’s global annual summit brings more than 10,000 people from all around the world together for two days of networking and learning on all things start-up culture.

6. Young Entrepreneur Convention

Time of Year: April

The Young Entrepreneur Convention brings next-generation entrepreneurs together — young teens and innovators in their 20s. They'll learn from successful entrepreneurs who've pulled off what they dream of doing.

7. SXSW’s Startups Track

Time of Year: March

The Startups Track by South by Southwest (SXSW) brings founders and funders together. The event at SXSW even hosts a pitching competition, so founder and inventors can pitch their ideas to win capital. It also happens during one of the biggest events of the year, SXSW, which means that, even outside of the Startups Track, entrepreneurs can network for days on end.

8. NextGen Government Training Summit

Time of Year: July

NextGen's Government Training Summit touts itself as “a movement." It's all about "inspiring government innovation," "providing training and leadership opportunities to people new in government" and "helping managers bridge the generation gap to help develop and retain new talent." It’s a two-day summit in Washington, D.C. that brings entrepreneurs together to hear some 150 speakers and sit in on more than 2,400 meetings. 

9. World Domination Summit

Time of Year: June

The World Domination Summit is all about learning from unconventional thinkings, acquiring powerful new skills and leaving with an all-new community of friends and supporters who will advocate for you as an entrepreneur who's out to change the world for the better.

10. Dreamforce

Time of Year: November

Dreamforce is four days of networking and hearing from keynote speakers to help you change the way you think about business. Dreamforce is considered one of the latest annual conferences for cloud ISVs, Salesforce partners, consultants and entrepreneurs alike. According to its website, at Dreamforce in the past, attendees "gained insights and inspiration from the world’s foremost visionaries and industry experts." 

11. The Human Gathering

Time of Year: January

The Human Gathering is actually what it sounds — a gathering of like-minded humans who are interested in business, technology, philanthropy and arts. The Founders of The Human Gathering have raised well over 10 million dollars for critically important causes like cancer research, LGBTQ rights, human trafficking prevention, suicide prevention and more. Its three-day immersive conference brings people together who also want to make a mark on the world.


Time of Year: October

Ontrapalooza is hosted by Ontraport, a CRM and marketing automation software company. It's a three-day event for entrepreneurs, executives and marketers to take part in workshops and software sessions, learn from keynote speakers and get support from certified cnsultants. According to the Ontrapalooza page, you can join us for "three days of intense learning focused on maximizing your Ontraport account" and "learn firsthand from software experts — and find new ways to utilize the platform to propel your business forward." Whether you’re just getting started or have been with Ontraport for years, you're welcome in the community of innovators who all share a mission "to propel business growth and make a bigger difference."

13. Web Summit

Time of Year: November

Web Summit is the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in the world, hosted annually in Lisbon, Portugal. It describes itself as bringing together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry. "At a time of great uncertainty for many industries and indeed, the world itself, we gather the founders and CEOs of technology companies, fast-growing startups, policymakers and heads of state to ask a simple question: Where to next?" the site reads. The four-day event attracts business leaders, tech giants and entrepreneurs from across the globe — there are tens of thousands of attendees, and it's growing every year.

Don’t miss out on articles like these. Sign up!


AnnaMarie Houlis is a feminist, a freelance journalist and an adventure aficionado with an affinity for impulsive solo travel. She spends her days writing about women’s empowerment from around the world. You can follow her work on her blog, HerReport.org, and follow her journeys on Instagram @her_report, Twitter @herreportand Facebook.