With 59,115 people from more than 170 countries joining #WebSummit in Portugal this week, it was the greatest celebration of creativity and innovation in Europe. Some incredible friendships were made, countless number of pints consumed, and everyone left with a story or two to tell.
1,200+ world-class speakers
The people driving the international news agenda and behind the world’s most influential companies have hit the stages. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner who fined Google €2.4 billion, Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Al Gore, Reddit CEO, Steve Huffman, UN secretary-general, António Guterres, and Booking.com CEO, Gillian Tans, provided the week’s talking points.
2,000+ of the world’s best startups
While some of tech’s most influential were onstage, the founders and CEOs of the startups looking to displace them were on the floor. Across our ALPHA, BETA and START tracks, over 2,000 of the world’s most promising startups joined the Web Summit.
1,400 tech investors
Web Summit now represents the largest accumulation of VC funding in one place at the same time in the world. Breyer Capital founder, Jim Breyer, NEA founder, Dick Kramlich, and Draper Associates founder, Tim Draper were among 1,400 attending investors.