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Short Calendar for Forward Thinkers

WebBusiness focused shows, summits, and exhibitions are not only are stimulative for intellect, and broaden the horizons for your daily brain-pumps. In fact, by participation in entrepreneurship focused events you can make new acquaintances and start developing relationships with business new-comers, succeeding start-ups, or big-name corporations.
 
So when and where you should make an appearance in the nearest half year ?
 
3rd-5th of November 2015Web Summit in Dublin – it’s an event considered one of the best technology conferences in the world with almost 30 thousand attendants from over 100 countries already registered , incl. 1 thousand of speakers. The event is organized since 2010. This year topics are: Internet of Things and digital marketing. Guest speakers include John Scully – former CEO of Apple. Early stage start-ups can register in “Alpha Program” and be selected for free exhibition.
 
11th -12th of November 2015Slush in Helsinki – the event and its merits have been described in one of my previous posts. It gathers many industries such as entertainment, gaming, or education.
 
17th – 19th of November 20154YFN (4 Years From Now) at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona. 4YFN this time will set up a village at event expected to gather over 10 thousand of smart city enthusiasts. Over 400 cities from over 80 countries are expected to be present at SCEWC this year.4YFN events focus on future trends, future technologies, future industries, and future companies of course.
 
18th – 21st of January 2015World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi – event for future energy and clean technologies enthusiasts, especially small businesses. Already 650 companies from 41 countries confirmed participation in the exhibition part, and over 32 thousands guests are expected in total.
 
14th – 17th of March 2016Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin – the next edition of GEC will take place in Colombian “City of Eternal Spring”. Event is focused on nurturing entrepreneurship as an ecosystem, as its organized by Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Kauffman Foundation.  Richard Branson was one of the speakers in previous editions.
 
16th of March 2016 – SME World Summit 2016 in Dubai – probably the biggest event for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the region, incl. presentation of region’s business road-map, and business niches in which start-ups and SMEs may fit. 3 thousands of attendees are expected.
 
7th of April 2016SME EXPO 2016 in Nairobi – theme of the next year edition is “Innovative Solutions to Boost SME Revenue Growth”. Workshops  on cash flow management and technology solutions for SMEs are planned. One of the speakers will be Dorcas Muthoni, who established Openworld Ltd at the age of 24. Openworld’s solutions are used by Government of Kenya.
 
21st -22nd of April 2016 Business Rocks in Manchester – over 5 thousands attendees, incl. 300 exhibitors are expected to discuss drones, robotics, wearables, Internet of Things, and more.
 
So which event are you going to hit?


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Slush

Where 15 000 Entrepreneurs Meet in One Place?

Collaboration around innovation works best when people have space to talk to each other. Pretty rarely sparks of enlightenment and – so needed – sheer enthusiasm happen when communication is narrowed down to virtual reality only.
 
Slush is an event that answers those needs. Organized in Helsinki in Finlandia between 11-12th of November 2015 it gathers entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world. This year organizers expect 15 000 forward thinkers to be there. Can the time at such event be spent effectively?
 
Slush covers networking , roundtable discussions, workshops, and pitch competitions, but, what’s probably the most important the matchmaking with event participants can start before the event itself. And the key to effective networking we’ve written before is to know whom, how and with what value proposal you want to approach in advance to create ground for meaningful follow-up.
 
This year edition is to focus on among others on health and wellbeing, education technology, data security, gaming or online marketplace and digital money.
 
You might be interested that the call for speakers for the event is open till 31st of August 2015, and for Slush 100 pitching competition till 9th of October 2015. In the latter, the winner of 2014 edition won investment worth EUR 500 000.
 
 
                                                       Source: http://www.slush.org/
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