A myriad of happenings not to miss at SaaStock196 min read

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230 speakers 🎙
16 actionable bootcamps 🛠
370 investors 💼  – 300 funds💰
Endless meeting opportunities 📆

The fundamentals of what a SaaStock conference stands for and has come to represent, are all going to be there next week in Dublin. It wouldn’t be us, however, if we didn’t throw in a couple of new bits. As you brace yourself for three days of SaaS madness, be sure to carve out some time for these happenings too. 

The serious stuff: New stages and areas

Podcast stage

After putting a podcast studio together last year where we invited some of the best podcasters in the industry to interview our speakers, this year we are upping our game by making it a full-blown stage. Placed in the heart of the Expo area, the Podcast Stage will host 30+ interviews conducted by Growth Everywhere, The Growth Marketing Podcast, Inside Intercom, The Top, The Girls in Tech podcast, 14 Minutes of SaaS, and your truly, SaaS Revolution Show. You will be able to sit in on any of the interviews, put a pair of headphones in and hear deep-dive interviews with Godard AbelElias Torres, Leela Srinivasan, Sydney Sloan, Des Traynor, Steli Efti, Eric Boduch, Nazma Qurban, Michael Litt, and many others.

Behind the Scenes stage

What’s it really like to grow a SaaS company, deal with the relentless anxiety and toll on mental health it could have? Or succeed as a woman leader? Or make heart-wrenching choices between family and SaaS? Prevail the burnout darkness? Blaze a trail even though the insecurity and imposter syndrome feel viscerally overwhelming? Conferences rarely give stage time to answering those questions but they are essential in building an inclusive conference experience.

We have put together the Behind the Scenes stage to open the conversation about that as we aim to make SaaStock a truly inclusive conference. We have hand-picked 10 speakers who will open up and tell the raw version of their story with vulnerability and authenticity. We see it as a sort of chicken soup for the SaaS soul. After each story, we will facilitate a Q&A as well as smaller group discussions. Behind the Scenes will operate strict Chatham House rules, in order to protect the privacy of speakers and their stories. The stage is located on the balcony of the Expo Hall.

Action Corner

Calling all startups and investors! Join us in the action area where we are hosting pre-scheduled 10-minute meetings between some of the best SaaS investors and promising startups. Whether it’s a startup looking for Pre-seed, Seed or Series A-D we got the right investors hailing in from all around the world. This corner also offers a Mastermind session for female entrepreneurs on “Pitch Mindset: Expect the Best, Plan for the Worst, and Prepare to be Surprised” and will close with a beer yoga session.

Workshop stage

Want hands-on, practical insights from the best in the business? Of course, you do! Look no further than our Workshop Stage: Expect 60-minute deep-dives into complex issues, collaborative problem-solving, and plenty of networking, in workshops from Google, AWS, G2 & more…

Accelerate stage

The Accelerate stage will be home to the live Pitch Competition semi-finals on Tuesday and to lightning talks from some of the top startups in the Startup program on Wednesday. The four finalists of the Pitch competition will also use it to pitch to the press and get press-focused feedback. For the full schedule, check out the agenda.

Beyond new stages, we will also have a host of interesting activations from our partners, fringe parties, and unusual sessions.

The fun stuff: parties and congregations

Monday 

After a long day of intensive learning and networking at SaaS.City, the SaaStock Pub Crawl is your chance to connect with newfound friends as you make the most of Dublin’s legendary nightlife. Find out more here

Chargify will be in Dublin for SaaStock and is hosting a happy hour to mingle with SaaS professionals and chat revenue management and billing. Join them at Odeon in Dublin — just around the corner from the SaaStock welcome party. 

If you are in town on October 14th, you can apply to join the Point Nine Dublin Pub Hours for a 1 to 1 meeting where you can discuss any strategic challenges you would like to get their insights on. Once the meetings are done they would love to invite you for a pint and some snacks. The meetings will take place between 16:30 – 18:00 followed by the networking from 18:00 onwards.

Taking place at Everleigh, our Welcome Party on the opening day of SaaStock is always a hit. Grab your dancing shoes and join us from 6 pm to kick back with like-minded professionals and make new connections.

Tuesday

Traditionally reserved for the fringe parties, Tuesday will not disappoint this year.

Get an early start at the G2 Breakfast at Dodder & Dargle Suite in the Conrad Dublin at 8-9.30 a.m. You will get a chance to see the national Concert Hall, which is just opposite the hotel.

The SaaS Connect Mixer by The Cloud Software Association, will be happening right next door to RDS so be sure to break some ice with them.

AppSumo are hosting a VIP Master Meetup at The Bridge 1859 starting from 7.30 pm. The pub is located, right next to the main venue. In the same place but starting at 8 pm, you can pop by the Dutch Speaking SaaStock Dublin Networking Party.  

If you want to be closer to town and away from the venue, pop by the Eight Roads and Silicon Valley Bank drinks reception at House. 

Wednesday

On Wednesday we start with a bang. 

Looking to venture out of the Saastock venue to load yourself with endorphins while making new friends with startups and investors? Challenge yourself and join Karma Ventures (karma.vc) team for an early morning run to explore the city of Dublin. It’s an easy pace (approx 6:00/km) run for about 1 hour and starts 07:30 in front of Ballsbridge Hotel. Everyone welcome!

After your run, join the morning rave on the Traction stage on Wednesday 16th. DJ Mitzy joins the SaaStock crew for the ultimate wakeup rave. alongside energy ball, Jacco vanderKooij, CEO of Winning by Design. 

With all the powering up, a notable session you should check out on Wednesday after the morning rave is the Reverse Pitch at 10 a.m. on the Traction stage, you will see how startups and investors handle the pressure and how should they take their money and prove that their SaaSpertise is worth the time. 

When all is done and dusted, it will be time to celebrate the end of the 4rth flagship SaaStock conference with the Closing party. Dance, drink and chat the night away with friends old and new and let your hair down after three long days of learning and networking at the ultimate party for the SaaS industry. Location is Lemon and Duke.

Onsite Highlights

Treat yourself to coffee at the ProfitWell booth, ice cream at the Devtech booth and drinks at the G2 Happy Hour! Networking drinks between 5-7 pm in the main Expo Hall.

Pop by the Gartner Digital Markets booth on both days to tell them about your product as they are looking for innovative, pre-revenue & early-stage companies that have products with potential to meet unique customer needs on a global scale. 

Be sure to meet the Indian Delegation comprising of 18 early-stage SaaS entrepreneurs from India, sponsored by the Government of Tamilnadu and Telangana. They are here to learn as much as possible so they can grow the SaaS ecosystem in both the states. Let’s make SaaS truly global!

Should we say anything more? Fáilte to SaaStock19! Fáilte to Dublin! Grab a ticket if you still haven’t and enjoy all these happenings.

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