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2024 will be another eventful startup year with many events on topics such as entrepreneurship, digitalisation and innovation. To help you plan your year, here is an overview of the most important events that already have a fixed date.

© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: all finalists of the STARTERiN Hamburg 2023
© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: all finalists of the STARTERiN Hamburg 2023

Events in the 1st quarter of 2024

January 11 - 14: Entrepreneur Ship - A ferry trip that is all about how you can take off with your project.

January 17 + 18: HAMBURG OPEN - a trade fair for the broadcast and media technology industry.

February 23 + 24: Female Founders Festival - a new event for female founders and those who want to become such.

February 29: NCA Innovation Day 2024 - where startups meet corporates.

March 5 + 6: Hamburg Games Conference - the summit of the international games scene.

March 6 + 7: German Creatice Economy Summit - the meeting place for the creative industries.

March 8 - 12: Internorga - the leading food trade fair also offers startups plenty of exhibition space.

March 12 + 13: d3con - this conference is all about the future of digital advertising.

March 14: STARTERiN Hamburg 2024 - finale of the competition for female founders.

© Mathias Jäger / Hamburg Startups: at the OMR Festival 2023
© Mathias Jäger / Hamburg Startups: at the OMR Festival 2023

Events in the 2nd quarter of 2024

April 26 + 27: ChefTreff Gipfel 2024 - The ChefTreff Summit is the place for up-and-coming talents, young managers and startups who are shaping the future of tomorrow.

May 7 + 8: OMR Festival - this major international event will once again draw tens of thousands to the exhibition halls.

May 28 - 30: Aircraft Interiors Expo - the trade show for the aviation industry.

June 6: Female StartAperitivo - the final of the nationwide female founders competition.

June 12 + 13: Procurement Summit - the trade fair for digitalisation and innovation in procurement.

June 13: Startup Port Community Day 2024 - the largest networking event for knowledge-based startups in the Hamburg metropolitan region.

June 17: Food Innovation Camp - the industry meeting place for the sustainable food scene.

© Mathias Jäger / Hamburg Startups: at the AiDiA Pitch 2023
© Mathias Jäger / Hamburg Startups: at the AiDiA Pitch 2023

Events in the 2nd half of 2024

Many dates are still open for the second half of the year. The following events are definitely scheduled to take place:

September 7: AiDiA pitch - the third edition of the startup competition for Black entrepreneurs.

September 12 - 16: Open Mouth Festival - the food spectacle also offers startups a stage.

September 18 - 21: Reeperbahn Festival - the NEXT Conference will presumably once again take place as part of the music festival.

October 16 - 18: BLOCKCHANCE - the event in 2024 is entitled "The Web3 Conference".

October 17: Online-Karrieretag - the trade fair for jobs in the digital industry.

October 23 + 24: Hydrogen Technology Expo Europe - the international conference on hydrogen technology.

©Messe München: Expo Real
©Messe München: Expo Real

Events outside Hamburg

Of course, the startup calendar is also full to bursting in many other cities in Germany. Here is just a small selection.

April 22 - 26: Hannover Messe - this classic event offers a wealth of topics relevant to startups.

May 15 - 17: Greentech Festival Berlin - everything revolves around green and sustainable technologies.

September 18 + 19: DMEXCO Cologne - defines itself as the meeting place for decision-makers from digital business, marketing and innovation.

September 29 - October 1: Bits & Pretzels Munich - as usual in connection with the Oktoberfest.

October 7 - 9: EXPO REAL Munich - the international trade fair for real estate and investment.

© Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit via Sportsfile
© Piaras Ó Mídheach/Web Summit via Sportsfile

International Highlights

These three international events have been enjoying great popularity in the Hamburg startup scene for years:

March 8 - 16: SXSW in Austin, Texas.

November 11 - 14: Web Summit in Lisbon / Portugal

November 20 +21: Slush in Helsinki / Finland


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