Behind the numbers of Web Summit Qatar 2024

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More than 15,000 people came to Web Summit Qatar, with startups, investors and media attending in droves. 

With the largest ever gathering of international startups in the region, Web Summit Qatar saw more than 15,000 attendees descend on the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.

Speaking from Centre Stage on Opening Night, Web Summit CEO Katherine Maher said: “Someday, what I hope to hear is that the connections that people made in this room, out on the floor, over dinner or at Night Summit are ultimately going to lead to some of the greatest collaborations and innovation for humanity’s future.”

Judging by the impressive numbers from the event, those collaborations could be even more promising than first expected. 

15,453 attendees

More than 15,000 founders, investors, industry experts and tech enthusiasts gathered from across the globe to witness our first ever event in the Middle East. 

With interests varying from smart agriculture to the ethics of AI, our attendees gathered in Doha to witness the future of tech.

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118 countries

Our attendees flocked to Doha from 118 countries – from places including the US, Egypt, Brazil, Italy, the UK and India – bringing together “thousands of international entrepreneurs and investors, and the next generation of leaders who are reshaping the world,” according to the Gulf Times.

30 percent women speakers

Of our 380 speakers, roughly one third were women. Additionally, our women in tech tickets were sold out several weeks in advance of the event.

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31 percent women-founded startups

Of our 1,000-plus startups, 31 percent were women-founded, hailing from 56 countries including the US, Qatar, UAE, India and the UK.

37 percent women attendees

We are proud to have brought 15,453 people to Doha, 37 percent of whom were women. 

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896 members of the media

From global conglomerates to regional news publications, nearly 900 members of the media gathered to capture the buzz of the event. 

Major media outlets including CNBC, Al Jazeera, the Financial Times, the Associated Press and Forbes were in Doha to cover our world-renowned speakers.

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1,043 startups

Our exciting network of startups is part of what makes our events truly unmissable. 

More than 1,000 startups – almost one-third of which are women-founded – from more than 81 countries around the world exhibited at Web Summit Qatar, where you’ll find every industry represented in our startup ecosystem. 

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401 investors

More than 400 investors from some of the biggest funds on the planet were at our first Middle Eastern event.

Investors from firms including Global Ventures, 500 Global, Indico Capital Partners and Invest Qatar joined us to connect with global founders.

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380 speakers

Our 380 speakers assembled from all over the world. They included the State of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani; founder, CEO and astronaut Sara Sabry; author and presenter Trevor Noah; entrepreneur, tech advisor and Black Lives Matter co-creator Ayọ Tometi; and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.

148 partners

Our partners – some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Snap, TikTok, Meta and Microsoft – gathered from all over the world to exhibit on the event floor.

Don’t miss out on Web Summit Qatar 2025. Get your tickets now.

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