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Black Moguls Magazine|Fall 2016

Top 35 Must Attend Events for Millennial CEOs & Established Entrepreneurs so plan ahead for 2017

1. CEO National– Imagine what happens when over 1,000 college entrepreneurs get together in one giant convention center for a weekend full of keynotes, workshops and lots of “networking”. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization holds a soft spot in our heart as Under30CEO was launched in Chicago at this very conference, where we keynoted and threw quite the after party.

2. SXSW– If you can only get to one conference each year or are launching a startup, you may want to consider South by Southwest (SXSW). Austin hosts one of the most serious interactive film and music festivals in the world, but it’s getting a little oversold these days. Be sure to find a place to stay months in advance to guarantee a place to stay.

3. Startup Weekend– Want to launch a company in 54 hours? Find a Startup Weekend in your region of the globe, pitch your idea and build a team around it. Go from idea to a hacked together business in a single weekend. “No Talk. All Action.”

4. Techcrunch Disrupt– If you are a tech startup and you want to launch big, this is where you want to do it. Enter into the demo competition and be ready to answer the tough questions. The networking is top notch if you are looking to meet investors, but you’ll pay the price to get in.

5. Ignite– Check your local city for Ignite events and be ready for a high energy event. Speakers make 5 minute presentations using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, sharing what they know.

6. Under30CEOnyc– Yes, we had to. But if you don’t believe in your product, you might as well not be in business. We keep our speakers short and sweet, and draw a great crowd for networking all young at heart. Our last meetup featured Alexis Ohanian Co-founder of Reddit who rocked the house.

7. Launch– This competition not only encourages attendees to couch surf there way to Silcon Valley, but gives opportunities for companies to pitch who have never had any press or are still in private beta. This demo event are where storybook starts take place. Imagine: hacking together your product on the plane, sleeping on floors and going home with funding.

8. PivotCon– Want to understand where marketing and the social consumer are heading? This is your event. It’s not only startups and Fortune 500s that are pivoting; it’s the entire world.

9. Web2Expo– Held on both coasts, Web2Expo is known for its killer keynotes. Get the expo hall pass for only $50 and skip the high priced breakout sessions. Watch out for the booth crawl… it’ll get the best of you.

10. Social Media Week– SMWeek happens in select cities across the globe who simultaneously celebrate social media. These gatherings of new media people bring together the thought leaders in the industry in cosmopolitan cities like DC, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo.

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