TNW Conference

A people business

76% of visitors to TNW Conference 2017 reported that meeting and discovering new startups was one of their top 3 reasons for attending. With 15,000 total participants, that’s a lot of people hoping to meet you.

So this year we’re giving the people what they wanted, by making it easier for you to meet customers, clients and investors who could help shape your company’s future.

Your team will enjoy access to our best-in-class matchmaking platform, participate in curated meetings with investors and partners, and explore what TNW Conference and our popular side events have to offer.

5 Reasons to join us

  • Matchmaking

    Meet potential investors, partners and clients
  • Custom Build

    Build your own conference
  • Exhibit

    15,000 Eyes on you
  • The Pitch Tower

    Ready, steady, pitch
  • Curation is Key

    Why we make you wait


Last year more than 350 startups participated in 3800 meetings via our curated matchmaking platform, powered by

We believe that the secret of our matchmaking experience resides in the way we combine our best in-class event scheduling platform (built in-house) with incredibly enriched company data, provided by Index – the data arm of TNW. Last year, meetings organised via the platform received some of the highest satisfaction ratings ever recorded at a European event.

Custom Build

For twelve years TNW Conference has provided a platform for startups with predetermined bundled packages. But this year we're putting the power back in your hands.

Starting with the basic Startup Package, you can control what you want to get out of TNW Conference. Come to raise funding, come to do business, come to be seen, come for it all. You decide.


"A separate area just for startups” - Tired of feeling like you're being put at the kids table? We get it.

Exhibit alongside heavyweights like Microsoft, Adobe and Typeform with your own custom exhibition booth. Our startup stands are some of the highest quality in the business, and each come with an extra startup ticket to ensure you don't miss a thing.

The Pitch Tower

Let's face it, at an event like TNW Conference, it can be hard for startup pitching to compete with international headliners for attention. So last year we introduced the Pitch Tower, our very own gladiator style, three-floor pitching arena – complete with LED floor and attention-grabbing light and sound.

All startups attending on a Startup Pass are eligible for selection to pitch. We'll be releasing more information regarding the process soon.

Curation is Key

The level of the startups that make it into our programs is remarkably high compared to all other tech events out there. Why? Our event is focused on matchmaking, so we only select the startups that will benefit from the platform we provide. And with limited space, curating for quality over quantity becomes key.

This is why we require you to go through an application process before we release your ticket. After you hit “Apply for Startup Package” below and fill out the Index application form, our Startup Team will take up to two days to review your application.

8 industry-specific verticals

The most successful startups have razor-sharp focus; whether it's your industry, clients, partners or products, knowing your niche drives the best results. This year, TNW is making it easier than ever for you to connect with the right people and the right content with our 8 industry-specific verticals. Join yours at #TNW2018 to find your next investor, mentor or client.

  • AI (Machine Learning and Deep Learning) & Big Data

  • Blockchain & Crypto

  • IoT, Smart Cities, Mobility

  • Saas & Enterprise Technologies

  • Media, Marketing & Adtech

  • VR & AR, Entertainment

  • E-commerce & Retail

  • Health & LifeStyle

  • Impact startups that want to succeed while changing the world for the better.

"The energy was exceptional. You are crazy if you don't come here!"

Bart van de Kooij, Co-Founder MiniBrew - Winner Pitch Competition 2017

Your future backer?

These investors and mentors joined us at TNW Conference last year. We've invited them all back this year, plus hundreds more.

  • Bedy Yang

    Bedy Yang

    Managing Director 500 Startups

  • Tugce Ergul

    Tugce Ergul

    Founder Angel Labs

  • Jennifer Cabala

    Jennifer Cabala

    VP Startup Programs Techstars

  • Craig Cannon

    Craig Cannon

    Director of Marketing Y Combinator

  • Bindi Karia

    Bindi Karia

    Innovation Expert & Advisor

  • Jose Iglesias

    Jose Iglesias

    Director EMEA Techstars

  • Carolina Brochado

    Carolina Brochado

    Partner Atomico

  • Luciana Lixandru

    Luciana Lixandru

    Partner Accel

  • Aurore Belfrage

    Aurore Belfrage

    Co-founder & Head of Together EQT Ventures

  • Ben Blume

    Ben Blume

    Senior Associate Atomico

  • Thomas Korte

    Thomas Korte

    Founder AngelPad



This year Impact Startups are represented at TNW Conference by the Chivas Venture competition, where social entrepreneurs are competing for their share of $1 million in no-strings funding.

Chivas Venture is a global search to find and support the next generation of startups that want to succeed while changing the world for the better.

The finalists will present their startups on main stage in front of a staggering 3000 people.

Check out The Chivas Venture

"One of the best events to meet your customers and potential partners all in one place."

Alexander Weber, Head of International Markets N26 - Alumni 2017

Class of 2018

​A decade of startups

Since 2006, the startups that have participated in our startup programs have raised over 2 billion dollars from top-tier VC funds.

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