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Web Summit returned to Lisbon in November 2023 for another record-breaking event. It brought together more than 70,000 attendees and a historic 2,608 startups from more than 150 countries to share ideas, collaborate, and explore the future of tech.

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Portugal

What’s the secret behind Portugal’s booming startup scene? What role does the country play in developing European tech more generally? And what lies on the horizon for Portuguese entrepreneurs? All this and more about the home of Web Summit.

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AI

The two letters on everyone’s lips at this year’s event? AI. Experts, politicians, scientists, founders and investors all chimed in on tech’s latest craze. Find out what AI means for the future of work, innovation, and government regulation.

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The environment

Earth continues to break temperature records year after year. From new AI solutions and waste-saving tech to the controversial topic of degrowth, here’s what our speakers had to say about slowing the environmental catastrophe.

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Startups and investors

Crypto crashes, boom and bust cycles, the tech slowdown, and the rise of the centaur… Find out what investors had to say at this year’s Web Summit. Discover the latest trends from the world of VCs – and what they mean for startups.

“The founders and companies that are growing have purposeful content.”

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– Kelly Rutherford, Actor & Investor, Whyzzer

“The way the economy works right now is just completely nonsensical.”

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– Sage Lenier, Founder & Climate Activist, Sustainable & Just Future

“The bubble is over, and that probably is a good thing, because hopefully investors will be more discerning.”

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– Jaidev Janardana, CEO, Zopa