An entrepreneur conference is a gathering of company founders and business leaders who discuss issues important to the type of business, the type of entrepreneur, or business in general. Entrepreneur conferences are typically held annually and can last from a few hours to a weekend or more.
2019's Top Entrepreneur Conferences:
|AdExchanger's Industry Preview||New York, New York||January 23 - 24, 2019|
|USASBE 2019||St. Pete Beach, Florida||January 23 - 27, 2019|
|Startup Grind's Global Conference||Silicon Valley, California||February 12 - 13, 2019|
|Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference||Las Vegas, Nevada||February 28 - March 3, 2019|
|South By Southwest (SXSW)||Austin, Texas||March 8 - 17, 2019|
|Global Entrepreneurship & Business Management Summit||Toronto, Ontario||April 10 - 11, 2019|
|Global Entrepreneurship Congress||Manama, Bahrain||April 15 - 18, 2019|
|Content Marketing Conference||Boston, Massachusetts||April 16 - 19, 2019|
|Young Entrepreneur Convention||Des Moines, Iowa||April 26 - 27, 2019|
|EntreLeadership Summit||San Diego, California||April 28 - May 1, 2019|
|Global Entrepreneurship Summit||The Hague, Netherlands||June 4 - 5, 2019|
|Small Business Expo||Chicago, Illinois||June 20, 2019|
|Entrepreneurs Cruise||Orlando, Florida||July 7 - 14, 2019|
|eWomanNetwork Entrepreneur Conference & Expo||Dallas, Texas||August 1 - 3, 2019|
|EOalchemy 2019||Portland, Oregon||September 11 - 14, 2019|
|Small Business Expo||Los Angeles, California||September 19, 2019|
|Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit||TBA||TBA 2019|
Entrepreneur Conference FAQs:
Why should I attend an entrepreneur conference?
Plenty of reasons: an entrepreneur conference can provide you with the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs and see how they're doing business. Conferences keep you up to date regarding what's going on in your industry or business in general, and what the future looks like.
An entrepreneur conference will likely host speakers who are at the forefront of your industry, who can inspire you to take your business in new directions. Entrepreneur conferences also typically offer less-formal meet and greets that can help you make connections and expand your business network.
Are there conferences for female entrepreneurs?
Absolutely. While most conferences are inclusive and diverse, if you're specifically looking for a women's entrepreneur conference there are a number to choose from. Here are just a few:
- eWomenNetwork Entrepreneur Conference & Expo
- Million Dollar Women Summit
- Women in Technology Summit
- Forbes Women Summit
What about the best conferences for young entrepreneurs?
Young entrepreneurs have a lot to juggle, often running their businesses while attending school. This along with other issues unique to young entrepreneurs make conferences an essential touchpoint in networking and learning how to sustain businesses.
Toward that end, there are a number of conferences that cater to young entrepreneurs:
Conferences for Young Entrepreneurs
- College Entrepreneurs' Organization Global Conference
- Young Entrepreneur Convention
- NFTE World Series of Innovation
What if I can't find an entrepreneur conference near me?
Many people travel to specific entrepreneur conferences, often attending the same conference year after year. Many conferences offer packages to out-of-town attendees, providing discounted lodging and more. In addition, many popular conferences have "early bird" discounts for people who register ahead of time; this helps the conference organizers know how many people they need to accommodate while helping attendees with cost.
Another option is to find online entrepreneurs' conferences. Some of the best conferences for entrepreneurs have a virtual component, such as the ability to watch speakers via video conferencing. There are also a number of conferences that are held exclusively online.
Do any conferences offer speaking opportunities for entrepreneurs?
Some do. Many conferences are carefully curated, organizing top speakers, most of whom are extraordinarily busy, sometimes many months in advance. That said, there are conferences that put out a call for speakers in advance to scheduling.
If you have something unique to say, something that will help entrepreneurs navigate the future of their industries, by all means seek out opportunities to speak. It could open new doors both for your business and for your audience.