By Manolis Kyriakakis
We tried to create a list with some of the most significant startup events that take place in March 2014. They are (mostly) not event for developers or hackathlons, but events where startups can pitch and be seen by investors. It has to be noticed that some of the websites of these events below are not updated yet, so they will show information from the previous years events. The links will be udated, immidiately when the websites will be able. We prefered not to mention events that have not announced specific detail for 2014, such as dates that they are taking place or venues.
ArabNet takes place from 4th to 6th of March at Beirut. It is the largest regional event for the digital creative sectors. There are happenings like a Startup Demo Competition, an Ideathon competition and a Creative Combat (Digital Marketing Campaign competition).
CeBit will take place from 10th to 14th of March at Hannover, in Germany. Lately, CeBit tries to include more startups, even if it is a B2B focused event. The leat theme for 2014 will be Big Data.
The START Summit Switzerland
The START Summit is taking place between March 14th and March 15th at the University of St. Gallen. It is an event for entrepreneurship, where there will be 400 young founders, students, startups and investors from all over Europe. There are plenty of workshops and special offers for startups.
SXSW Interactive is taking place from March 7th until March 16th at Austin, Texas. It is an event focused on the blossoming interactive media.
Go Youth Conference
Go Youth is a pioneer event about young entrepreneurship, youth talent, innovation and creativeity. It takes place from 15th to 16th March in Lisbon. It is mostly a tech oriented conference.
The Guardian Changing Media Summit
The Changing Media Summit will take place in London from 18th to 19th of March. Around 400 C-level executives across the spectrum of media talk about the latest for the industry. If you work in media - be it commercial, creative, online, mobile, social, advertising, gaming, finance, you shouldn't miss it!
Future Everything Festival
Future Everything Festival takes place in Manchester. It kicks off at April 27th and comes to an end at April 1st. It is a festival about Digital culture and innovation. It has been hailed by the Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.
Game Developers Conference will be held in San Francisco. It takes place between March 17th until March 21st. The GDC attracts over 23,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.
EU Digital Agenda Assembly
Future Internet Assembly is held in Athens, Greece from March 18th to March 20th. In particular, the FIA Steering Committee is keen to receive proposals from industry experts, academia and research institutes.
Scaling Startups is an amazing opportunity to get practical advice on overcoming the hurdles to growth from the founders of some of most recently successful startups. It takse place on March 26th and 27th in London, UK.
API Strategy & Practice Conference
API Strategy & Practice Conference takes place in Europe for the first time! A useful event for any startup with an API.
NACUE Startup Career Launchpad
NACUE Startup Career Launchpad takes place on March 28 in London. Hundreds of students from colleges and universities around England came together where London’s financial heart meets the Shoreditch startup community. NACUE’s Startup Career Launchpad is an event that's fast becoming one of THE key stops for anyone wanting to work in the exciting world of startups.