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Amsterdam’s best annual startup events

Amsterdam plays host to a number of unmissable startup events every year. There are long-running, much-loved mainstays such as the TNW Conference, major industry-specific get-togethers like IBC and Money 20/20, and networking stalwarts such as the Self-Made Summit Amsterdam Capital House. Read on for our essential list.

Here’s our overview of Amsterdam’s top annual startup events for business development and networking. Make sure you also check out our list of top tech events for software developers and other tech talent.

TNW Conference

Billed as ‘the heart of tech’, TNW combines unquestionable authority in all things tech with the spirit of a festival, making this long-running conference an eternal favourite in Amsterdam and far beyond. Its visitors, many of which return faithfully year after year, can attend dozens of workshops, keynotes and panel sessions, rubbing shoulders with international tech executives, venture capitalists, policy and opinion-makers and other major players in the process.

Money 20/20 Europe

Leading figures of finance and FinTech come together in Amsterdam for Money 20/20 Europe, which aims to be no less than ‘the place where the conversation happens’. Global leaders are joined by new challengers for a plethora of events, designed to drive fresh ideas, innovative strategies and new partnerships. There is a definite focus on providing a lasting experience, too – this is no industry snoozefest.


Previously known as the International Broadcasting Convention, this annual show for media, entertainment and technology is an industry staple and has had its home in Amsterdam since 1992. Tens of thousands of media professionals from around the globe flock to Amsterdam to attend IBC’s jam-packed programme of speeches, presentations, demonstrations, screenings, product launches and insights into the latest technologies.

World Summit AI

One of the essential events of the sector, the World Summit AI gathers the main driving forces of AI: international businesses, investors, startups and data scientists. The programme features plenary sessions, keynotes, table talks, masterclasses and workshops, as well as one-to-one meetings.

CES Unveiled Amsterdam

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been the largest annual event for new developments in consumer electronics for more than fifty years. Also part of the agenda are the CES Unveiled events, which should provide local previews of what will be seen at upcoming editions of the parent show in Las Vegas. CES Unveiled Amsterdam typically takes place in the fall.

The Self-Made Summit

Connecting female starters, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals with each other and with knowledge, capital and network, the Self-Made Summit (the event is hosted in Dutch) is a crucial part of the Amsterdam ecosystem’s efforts to effect more gender diversity in tech and business.

DPW Conference

DPW (Digital Procurement World) Amsterdam, the annual hybrid technology event hosted in Amsterdam, stands as the largest and most influential global tech gathering dedicated to procurement and supply chain. Esteemed industry experts, technology providers, and thought leaders convene to explore and delve into the latest procurement trends, strategies, and innovative solutions, all under one roof. It's also the biggest event for startups and innovators reimagining the future of procurement and supply chain.

Plant FWD

Plant Forward are bringing together startups, brands, retailers, foodservice professionals, policy makers, investors, future talents and other change-makers from around Europe to discuss accelerating the protein shift and building a plant forward future together. Listen to captivating speakersranging from (food) startups to policy makers and corporate innovators. Network with food professionals, industry experts and emerging brands. Discover the hottest start- and scale-ups and apply to pitch to retail buyers & investors. Showcase your products and innovations in the Plant FWD Marketplace.

Emerce EDAY

Amsterdam’s Emerce EDAY aims for a festival vibe and focuses on marketing, brands and commerce. Bringing together international and local companies in the tech, marketing and media sectors, the event offers a range of workshops, conferences, walk-ins, and social and networking events.

Startup event calendar

For an overview of upcoming startup events – from international conferences to tech talks and from startup funding workshops to networking events – be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Event organisers can also submit their event to be listed on our calendar.