50,000+ from 166 countries are on their way to Web Summit

Web Summit 2016, the first in our new Lisbon home, will welcome over 50,000 attendees through the doors of the MEO Arena.

53,056 to be exact.

Our attendees will be coming from 166 countries, and just about everywhere from Aruba to Zambia will be represented. Let’s take a look at where Web Summit attendees will be coming from.

attendees_flow5 The grey lines coming from Lisbon shoot out to the countries sending attendees to Web Summit

In no particular order and excluding Portuguese locals, here are the top 20 most represented countries.

  • Poland
  • United States of America
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Ukraine
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Sweden
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Romania
  • Italy
  • India
  • Israel
  • Netherlands
  • Denmark

677 incredible speakers


From the founder of a true tech behemoth (Tinder’s Sean Rad), to the CMO behind the runaway success of Pokémon Go (Niantic’s Mike Quigley), to Forbes Midas lister number two (Steve Anderson) to the CFO of fintech giant Square (Sarah Friar), we’re excited about our speakers.

That’s before you add in sporting superstars Ronaldinho, Terrell Owens and Greg Jennings, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a whole host of politicians and policy makers like WTO director-general Roberto Azevêdo and Amnesty International’s Salil Shetty.

Take a look at the video below – one of the greatest wingers of all time and former galactico, Luís Figo, can’t wait for his Web Summit talks.


1,490 startups from across the globe

Startups that exhibited at our events in 2015 have collectively raised over $1 billion in funding. We like to think of Web Summit as being a meeting place for the people building the companies that will one day be among the world’s most powerful. So we can’t wait to meet our class of 2016.

We have 1,490 startups joining us in Lisbon, of which 135 will join START, our track for our most promising startups. 270 will join BETA, our growth-stage track, while 1,080 will join ALPHA, our early-stage track.

Of these startups, 968 will take part in our Mentor Hours scheme, where our high-level attendees like speakers and partners will meet with startups for 15 minutes of one-to-one advice. We’ve got 278 mentors involved including Naveen Jain, CEO, Moon Express (pictured below), Tiago Pires, the most successful Portuguese pro-surfer, and Don Dodge, developer advocate at Google.


2,000 international media

Name an influential media outlet and they’re more than likely attending Web Summit. We’ve got the Financial Times, Inc, Mashable, Vogue, Venture Beat, Fast Company, Business Insider and the Washington Post all on the way.

They’ll be joined by CNN, Fox, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Le Monde, Fortune and Forbes and more.

Someone has to tell the stories coming out of Web Summit.

Over 1,300 top tech investors

4 November 2015; Participants taking part in Office Hours during Day 2 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

We’ll be joined by 1,319 of the world’s top tech investors at Web Summit. They’ll be coming from funds like Bessemer Venture Partners, Founders Fund, Techstars, Balderton Capital, Partech Ventures, Accel, Index Ventures, Atomico, and Microsoft.

Many will take part in our Office Hours scheme, where investors meet with Web Summit startups for 15 minutes. There will be up to 30 investor and startup meetings running at any one moment during the course of the event.

On top of the 50,000+ registered attendees, a further 19,000 young people have registered for our special events, like one-day Centre Stage attendees and Opening Night attendees, bringing the total number of registered attendees to 72,000.

There you have just a few of the figures that when added together are sure to make an incredible Web Summit week in Lisbon, Portugal.

See you there.


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