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10 Highly Recommended 2018 Conferences for Young Entrepreneurs

There are many events geared towards entrepreneurs that take place every year. Here are a few that will allow you to network, make friends, and learn something in your fields of interest in one setting.

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Cost: $250 | New York, Dubai, Los Angeles (Begins in February)
SIMPLY Stylist strives to connect fashion, beauty, and entrepreneurial mavens brands and create opportunities to network, inspire, and learn. Ten percent of their proceeds are sent to Love Is Louder. Get 30% off through Redbury.

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Cost: $200+ | Multiple Cities/Six Continents (February 26 – November)
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.

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Cost: $500-1250 | Austin, TX (March 9-17)
South by Southwest features a variety of tracks that allow attendees to cater their experience to their many interests. The 24 tracks of programming include topics within the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology. Tickets are generally $1225. They do offer a student discounted ticket for $500.

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Cost: $300-850 | NY (Apr 25-27) & London (Sept 19-21) 
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.

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Cost: $295-3000 | Sydney, Australia (June 19-20)
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 $295-500. 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.

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Cost: $850-1550 | Seattle, WA (July 9-11)
MozCon offers 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?

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Cost: $400-850 (Currently $600+) | Montreal (July 13-16)
Join over 2,000 investors, founders, and analysts in Montreal for this new-age event. Start Up Fest 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.

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Cost: $600-2500 | New Orleans, LA (June 4-8)
Creative Pro Week brings together several creative conference in one location. The week includes Psi/Ai: The Photoshop and Illustrator Conference for designers, The InDesign Conference, PePCon: The Print + ePublishing Conference, Click: The Presentation Design Conference, a design deep dive session, and a Creative Developers Summit sponsored by Adobe. The week offers world class expert guidance to help designers gain knowledge of new technology and strengthen their skills. Participants are also automatically entered to win over $2000 worth of prizes.

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Cost: $105+| Orlando, FL | Dates: TBA
BlogHer Conference 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.

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Cost: $325-1000 | Location & Dates: TBA
The summit features and under 30 village, a music festival, a food festival, and a bar crawl through Fenway Park. Previous speakers include Lilly Singh, Evan Rachel Wood, Tamika Mallory, and John Chambers. Over 6,000 of the world’s leading young entrepreneurs, founders, leaders, and CEOs will be in attendance.

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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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