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|
|10X Growth Conference||Miami, Florida||February 1 - 3, 2019|
|SaaStr Annual 2019||San Francisco Bay Area, California||February 5 - 7, 2019|
|Startup Grind's Global Conference||Silicon Valley, California||February 12 - 13, 2019|
|Funnel Hacking Live||Nashville, Tennessee||February 19 - 23, 2019|
|Traffic & Conversion Summit||San Diego, California||February 25 - 27, 2019|
|Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit||Las Vegas, Nevada||February 28 - March 3, 2019|
|South By Southwest (SXSW)||Austin, Texas||March 8 - 17, 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|
|Positive Business Conference||Ann Arbor, Michigan||May 9 - 10, 2019|
|Collision Conference||Toronto, Ontario||May 20 - 23, 2019|
|Global Entrepreneurship Summit||The Hague, Netherlands||June 4 - 5, 2019|
|Scaling Up CEO Bootcamp||Marathon, Florida||June 4 - 7, 2019|
|FWD: Business on Your Own Terms||Charlotte, North Carolina||June 19 - 22, 2019|
|Baby Bathwater Island||Croatia||June 26 - 30, 2019|
|Next Gen Summit||New York, New York||July 7 - 9, 2019|
|Entrepreneurs Cruise||Orlando, Florida||July 7 - 14, 2019|
|RISE||Hong Kong||July 8 - 11, 2019|
|National Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Convention||Atlanta, Georgia||July 24 - July 27, 2019|
|eWomenNetwork Entrepreneur Conference & Expo||Frisco, Texas||August 1 - 3, 2019|
|NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference||Tampa, Florida||August 13 - 16, 2019|
|EOalchemy 2019||Portland, Oregon||September 11 - 14, 2019|
|EO NERVE 2019||Charleston, South Carolina||September 24 - 27, 2019|
|United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention||Los Angeles, California||September 29 - October 1, 2019|
|Entrepreneur Convention 2019||Seri Kembangan, Selangor Malaysia||October 12, 2019|
|Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition||Boston, Massachusetts||October 23 - 26, 2019|
|Web Summit||Lisbon, Portugal||November 4 - 7, 2019|
|APEC CEO Summit||Vitacura Santiago, Chile||November 14 - 16, 2019|
|OPTIMA - The Talent Optimization Conference||Boston, Massachusetts||November 20 - 22, 2019|
|Small Business Expo||Multiple||Multiple|
|ONTRApalooza||Santa Barbara, California||TBD|
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
- Next Gen Summit
The Best Entrepreneur Conferences of 2019:
- AdExchanger's Industry Preview.
- USASBE 2019.
- 10X Growth Conference.
- SaaStr Annual 2019.
- Startup Grind's 2019 Global Conference.
- Funnel Hacking Live.
- Traffic & Conversion Summit.
- Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit.
- South By Southwest (SXSW).
- Global Entrepreneurship Congress.
- Content Marketing Conference.
- Young Entrepreneur Convention.
- EntreLeadership Summit.
- Positive Business Conference.
- Collision Conference.
- Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
- Scaling Up CEO Bootcamp.
- Black Enterprise FWD: Business on Your Own Terms.
- Baby Bathwater Island.
- Next Gen Summit.
- Entrepreneurs Cruise.
- National Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Conference.
- eWomenNetwork Entrepreneur Conference & Expo.
- NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.
- EOalchemy 2019.
- EO NERVE 2019.
- United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention.
- Entrepreneur Convention 2019.
- Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition.
- Web Summit.
- APEC CEO Summit.
- Small Business Expo.
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.
What is the difference between a business convention and an entrepreneur conference?
The terms can be used somewhat interchangeably; however, you'll find that most events called "business conventions" are industry-specific, whereas "entrepreneur conferences" or "entrepreneur conventions" are open to all types of entrepreneur. It's a slight connotative difference, and certainly not set in stone.
How do I find a local small business conference?
Check with your local Chamber of Commerce or other business organization, like SCORE, for a listing of local small business conferences. You can also just search "[your city] small business conference" and research the results. As many smaller cities and towns are invested in building the local economy, small business conferences are typically not difficult to find.
Even if you attend a nearby small business conference, though, you may still want to consider traveling to a larger entrepreneur conference to learn how businesses like yours are negotiating the national and international business ecosystem. You'll also be able to meet other entrepreneurs and develop a far larger business network you can rely on for support and information.