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10 Highly Recommended Conferences for Young Entrepreneurs in 2016

There are many events geared towards entrepreneurs that take place throughout each year. Here are 10 events worth looking into in 2016.

Social Media Week


Cost: $639+ | Multiple Cities/Six Continents (February 22-November 18)
This five-day conference focuses on how social media and technology are changing business, society, and culture around the world. In the past their conferences have consisted of tips on copyright and clearance of content, conversations with influential leaders of the web, and millennials from Forbes’ Under-30 list.

Launch Festival


Cost: $75-500 | San Francisco (March 2-4)
This event includes lectures from influential speakers and the chance to pitch your project and compete for over $1M in prizes. Tickets range in price. The first 10,000 “Founders” tickets are available for free. The rest range from $75-500. For $3,000 you can get the “Super VIP” ticket, guaranteeing you great seating at all three stages, access to the Speakers Lounge, and seats at all four dinners.

Fashion PR Confidential


Cost: $350-650 | Brooklyn, NY (March 19-20)
Meet fashion industry professionals at the third Fashion PR Con. It is a two-day event filled with lectures on creating and executing fashion and beauty PR campaigns, learning from industry guest speakers, networking with peers, and a goodie bag of must-haves.


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Cost: $375 | New York (April 22) & London (TBD) 
A conference geared towards web designers and developers. This year, speakers include Cameron Moll, Dan Mall, James White, Una Kravets, Tim Kadlec, and more. Speakers will discuss CSS image effects, functional animation, not hating the player (hating the game) and so forth.

Hustle Con

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Cost: $250-500 | Oakland, CA (May 13)
Created by The Hustle, Hustle Con is dedicated to teaching you how to “hustle” and succeed in your entrepreneurial journey. The day consists of learning from various founders regarding their experience and non-technical tactics (growth, marketing, hiring, and getting started). Participants also have the opportunity to connect to fellow “business nerds.”

Print and ePublishing Conference (PePCon)

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Cost: $225-1595 | San Diego (June 5-8)
“Offering worldclass, practical guidance to help designers understand the newest technologies and navigate the myriad choices when publishing to print, tablet, and desktop.” PePCon strives to help participants stay relevant, strengthen their skills, form a relationship with Adobe, and make valuable connections. They also host numerous networking events and giveaway over $5,000 in door prizes.

America’s Small Business Summit


Cost: $200-575 | Washington, D.C. (June 13-15)
The summit features a simple structure of lectures, meals (breakfast and luncheons), and learning opportunities. Current speakers for 2016 include Kat Cole, Thomas J. Donohue, and Michael L. Ducker. Nominations for the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award are accepted before the event. The overall winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

International Start Up Festival


Cost: $400-850 (Currently $600+) | Montreal (July 13-16)
Join over 2,000 investors, founders, and analysts in Montreal for this new-age event. International Start Up Festival takes pride in their ability to put a “different spin on the typical conference.” In addition to established speakers and strong content, they offer food trucks, art walls, off events, and the ability to generate real-time connections.

BlogHer Conference

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.23.36 PMCost: $105-800| Los Angeles (August 4-6)
BlogHer is an opportunity to connect to brands, media, and online content creators. They’ve had speakers from Gwyneth Paltrow to Ava Duvernay. This conference is a phenomenal celebration of women content creators and those that aim to join the ranks of influential women online.


Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 3.26.31 PMCost: $639-1300 | Seattle, WA (September 12-14)
Three days of sessions with industry leaders speaking about SEO, social media, community building, brand development, content marketing, CRO, and more. In addition to informative seminarsattendees can participate in social events, pub crawls, networking events, and parties with fellow attendees. What more could you ask for?


Know of any other conferences worth attending? Planning to attend any of the events listed above? Share your experience with the community or email community@iamgum.com.


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