credTen: Top Ten Conferences for Entrepreneurs

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When building a business, raising capital and maintaining healthy revenue is the first hurdle—but not the last. In a recent study of 2,700 entrepreneurs, respondents also listed marketing and advertising, recruiting, and employee culture as top challenges when running a successful company. Entrepreneurship events allow founders, leaders, and innovators to connect and share lessons on all the aspects that create a successful entrepreneur growing and scaling your company’s business, presence, and culture.

In this edition of our credTen series, we’re highlighting 10 events celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.

Startup Grind Global
February 2020 | Redwood City, CA
Startup Grind offers attendees the chance to hear more than 100 of today’s most successful founders, leaders and VC partners tell their origin stories. In previous years, Airbnb Co-Founder Joe Gebbia, SoulCycle Founder Melanie Whelan, and Stripe Co-Founder and President John Collision, have taken the stage to share their advice for new founders.
Ticket Price: $795 All-Access Pass
Still curious about Startup Grind? Check out our recap of the 2019 event.


SaaStr Annual
March 10-12, 2020 | San Jose, CA
Once a year, 12,500+ SaaS executives, founders, and VCs come together for SaaStr Annual, the largest non-vendor SaaS conference on the planet. With sessions covering everything from “Five Qualitative Factors VCs Look for in a Series A Startup,” to “The Audacity to Lead: Inclusivity and Diversity in Leadership 101,” attendees can build a two-day agenda covering the A-Z of leadership.
Ticket Price: $927.77 Startup Founders & Execs Ticket
We were there! Take a look back at SaaStr 2019.

Altitude Summit
March 24-29, 2019 | Palm Springs, CA
The premiere conference for creative entrepreneurs, Alt Summit takes over five stylish locations across Palm Springs for six days of classes, workshops, panels, and networking events. Sessions and conversations range in topic from branding, to business mentorship, to balancing your work-life schedule.
Ticket Price: $1,499


Dig South
April 24-26, 2019 | Charleston, SC
Dig South focuses on the fast-growing tech industry in the US’s southern states, giving the stage to  speakers from the leading edge of technology, business marketing, culture, and the digital economy. Previous speakers include Gary Vaynercuck, Casper CEO Phillip Krim, and Kickstarter CEO Yancy Strickler.
Ticket Price: $499
If you go: Be sure to see cred speakers from 3Q Digital, Greenbrier, PacePR, Sharethrough, and AnyRoad take the stage.  

Culture Summit
June 25-27, 2019 | San Francisco, CA
Culture Summit is a three-day conference that approaches building culture from the bottom up, with the motto “you have the power to build the culture you want to work in.” Attendees can expect to learn about the latest trends and tools to build a  better culture from end to end, with actionable insights, tips, and strategies that attendees can take back and immediately implement.
Ticket Price: $849 Two-Day Pass; $1,049 Three-Day Pass

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June, dates TBA | San Francisco, CA
December, dates TBA  | New York, NY
The real-life version of one of the startup world’s most popular websites and daily newsletters, HustleCon is a one-day event where the world’s most successful non-technical founders share their personal stories. With one track running throughout the day and an intimate, curated list of speakers, attendees can expect a lively, highly focused day of conversation.
Ticket Price: TBA
Is it June yet?:
We’re counting down the days until HustleCon 2019. Until then, take a look at our recap of 2018’s San Francisco event.

Big Omaha
August 15, 2019 | Omaha, NE
Held in conjunction with the MAHA Music Festival, Big Omaha celebrates the ideas, energy, and passion that go into each business. This one-day festival provides everyone from CEOs to creatives the  platform to engage, connect, inspire, and be inspired by speakers including Tinder Co-Founder Jonathan Badeenand Alice Co-Founder Elizabeth Gore.  After the conference, stay for the two-day music festival, where previous attendees caught performances from TV on the Radio, Tune-Yards, and Ravyn Lenae.
Ticket Price: $250


September 3-6, 2019 | Boston, MA
An annual marketing event hosted by HubSpot, INBOUND gathers brand leaders and marketing experts to share the challenges and successes of connecting with B2C and B2B customers. INBOUND strives to bring people together, no matter their department, so that their brands—and their businesses—can grow better, faster, and more sustainably.
Ticket Price: $99 Community Pass; $599 1-Day All-Access Pass; $1,099 4-Day All-Access Pass

TechCrunch Disrupt
October 2-4, 2019 | San Francisco, CA
With previous speakers including Glossier CEO and Founder Emily Weiss, Y Combinator Co-Founder and Partner Jessica Livingston, and Salesforce CEO and Founder Marc Benioff, Disrupt is where the startup world gathers to see the present and the future of tech in one place. Attendees can expect to hear from today's leaders and tomorrow's best startups, learn from industry analysts sharing their business expertise, witness the latest innovations, and connect with up-and-coming founders.
Ticket Price: $795

Lean Startup Co
October 23-25, 2019 | San Francisco, CA
Attendees will gather with more than a thousand other innovators, change-agents, founder and senior leaders from across the globe seeking new ideas on how to drive change and solve complex problems and improve the way you work and lead.
Ticket Price: $2,500
Small Business Attendee Price: $1,000
Nonprofit Attendee Price: $500

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