Startup University

You’re following the same path as the startups that grew into the world’s largest companies. Take advice from founders, CEOs and investors at Startup University, and see how they got from where you are to where they are.

Felipe Matos
Co-founder & Chief Information Officer, Brazilian Startup Association

What's happening?

No one prepared you for this in school. Welcome to Web Summit’s crash course on building and growing your startup, with curated content and insights from some of the world’s most famous startup success stories. Your ticket gives you access to all Startup University sessions, as well as to roundtables, masterclasses and other 9 tracks at Web Summit.

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From startup to scale-up

No startup has all the answers at the beginning. We hear from the success stories taking to the stage share what they’ve learned along the way. Discover which business models and which strategies are scaling startups to new geographies and growth.

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Funding landscape in 2023

The funding landscape has changed dramatically, and there’s a new reality for raising money. With inflation and recession on the mind, what are investors looking for in the new market? Founders, unicorns, and investors discuss the challenges and opportunities they’re facing and debate the lessons that can be learned from the turmoil of recent months. 

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Next-gen technologies

What’s the next big thing? Where is the new wave of tech innovation taking us? What are the coolest technologies that are going to make a difference in the next five years? Meet the startups innovating across AI, biotech, the sharing economy, agritech, healthtech, robotics and more, as they deliver the new wave of creative change.

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The company you keep

Have you got the right co-founder? Have you hired the right team? What about a board? Who you surround yourself with as a founder is one of the most important decisions you can make. Early hiring, recruiting for hypergrowth and leaning on your co-founder are all hugely important parts of the startup journey. Learn from founders who have succeeded – and failed – in getting the right people for their company.

Meet past speakers from our global events

Alex BouazizCo-founder & CEODeel
Alex Bouaziz
Christina CacioppoCo-founder & CEOVanta
Christina Cacioppo
Dario AmodeiCo-founder & CEOAnthropic
Dario Amodei
Marcelo CortesCo-founder & CTOFaire
Marcelo Cortes
Garry TanCEO & PresidentY Combinator
Garry Tan
Dave RogenmoserCo-founder & CEOJasper
Dave Rogenmoser
Melanie PerkinsCo-founder & CEOCanva
Melanie Perkins
Tope AwotonaFounder & CEOCalendly
Tope Awotona
Geoff RalstonPresidentY Combinator
Geoff Ralston
Matt BiilmannCo-founder & CEONetlify
Matt Biilmann
Maëlle GavetCEOTechstars
Maëlle Gavet
Dileep ThazhmonCo-founder & CEOJeeves
Dileep Thazhmon
Gabriel BragaCo-founder & CEOQuintoAndar
Gabriel Braga
Sofia NunesCo-founder Mambu
Sofia Nunes
Amanda KahlowFounder6sense
Amanda Kahlow

Companies that have joined our events

“Every company is faking it till they make it. There’s no making it. The story doesn’t end.”


Jager McConnell, CEO, Crunchbase

“You should only raise funding when you find partners who share your value and believe in your mission.”


Tom Okman, Co-founder & CEO, Nord Security


"How great is your product compared to all the other founders out there killing themselves?"


Fred Destin, founder, Stride.VC

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