13 London Business Conferences to Catch Before 2018 Ends

This year countless innovative and thought-provoking business networking events have sprung, attracting and engaging thousands of professionals and industry leaders. We’ve seen the Open Source Summit Europe, and Big Data Week London, and other international conferences in London this 2018 share insights on the latest tech and business trends. But before the year ends, here’s a list of more London business conferences you can attend to.


Catch these London conferences near you.


WorldLabs Elevating Ideas 2018

Event Date: November 24, Saturday, 09:00 - 21:30 GMT
Venue: Etc Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3YD, United Kingdom
Starts at: £38.32
Industry: Business, Tech, Finance


Join over 600 attendees, more than 25 startups, and hundreds of entrepreneurs, founders and investors for a day of inspiring talks and workshops led by industry influencers.


Hear from 15 top speakers in the field such as Peter Cowley (President of the European Business Angel Network, angel investor and tech entrepreneur), and Tim Sawyer CBE (Chief Investment Officer at Innovate UK, Former CEO at The Start Up Loans Company), among many others.


The one-day event ends with their Elevating Ideas competition, a live pitching event giving your startup idea the opportunity to pitch in front of investors and win £50,000.


For more info, visit their page at


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Young Professionals Summit

Event Date: November 25, Sunday, 08:30 - 20:30 GMT
Venue: Baden-Powell House, 65 Queens Gate, South Kensington, London, SW7 5JS, United Kingdom
Starts at: £27.39
Industry: Energy, Business


A collaboration by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (European Region), the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Young Professionals Summit will tackle and address issues and innovations faced by future industry leaders.


Explore the future of the oil industry, its current changes and its impact on the work of its young professionals through its wide range of discussions, guest speakers, interactive sessions, and VR session. The programme will also hold an evening reception celebrating the young professionals of the industry.


For more info, visit their page at


EDUCATE 2018 Investor Summit and Demo Day

Event Date: November 26, Monday, 14:00 - 18:00 GMT
Venue: City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2AA, United Kingdom
Starts at: Free
Industry: EdTech, Business


EDUCATE 2018 centres on the recently emerging EdTech industry and connects ready-to-scale EdTech startups with companies, angel investors, and venture capitalists who are willing to buy, invest, or partner with the presented EdTech solutions.


The event is one of the free conferences in London that allows investors, thought leaders, and the like to find and discuss new investment and business opportunities, and connect with startup founders, other investors, and corporate acquisition teams.


Demos will be a quick 6-minute presentation followed by a 3-minute Q&A for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and to form valuable connections with potential investors.


For more info, visit their page at


Tech Inclusion London 2018

Event Date: November 26, Monday, 12:30 - 19:30 GMT
Venue: Bloomberg London, 3 Queen Victoria St., Level 7 MPR, London, EC4N 4TQ, United Kingdom
Starts at: Free
Industry: Tech, Business


Now on its second year, Tech Inclusion London is a unique London business conference that brings together tech professionals to discuss solutions on diversity and inclusion. With the theme “Voices of Innovation”, the conference features the diverse and underrepresented voices from the local tech industry creating innovative cultures and technologies of the future.


Expect a day of panel discussions, talks from keynote speakers, solo talks, and interactive sessions about inclusive innovation in the tech industry.


For more info, visit their page at


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TechSmart NFP 2018

Event Date: November 27, Tuesday, 09:00 - 18:00 GMT
Venue: etc.venues County Hall, Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
Starts at: £120 - £288
Industry: Tech, Business, Non-profit


Open to all tech and non-tech people, the charity event gathers various professionals from the tech, business, and marketing industries, among others. With over 250 NFP (Not-for-profit) professionals, 30 tech leaders, and 3 industry experts, you are sure to find something for you regardless of which industry or business stage you are in.


TechSmart NFP 2018 will touch on topics such as choosing the right tech, busting the myth of digital transformation and getting the most out of your data.


For more info, visit their page at


DisruptHR London

Event Date: December 4, Tuesday, 17:30 - 21:00 GMT
Venue: Techspace, 25 Luke Street, London, EC2A 4DS, United Kingdom
Starts at: £36
Industry: Business, HR


DisruptHR was created to inform and empower executives and people in the field of HR that the best practices to approach people talents in the past may not be the best for the future. Hear 5-7 minute presentations from local professionals about a range of topics discussing the human experience in the workplace.


Attending or speaking at DisruptHR is open not only to HR professionals, but also to technologists, students, and politicians, among many others.


For more info, visit their page at


ERSA Conference 2018 - Employment Futures: Opportunities for People and Place

Event Date: December 5, Wednesday, 08:00 - 18:00 GMT
Venue: Central London, London, EC1 W, United Kingdom
Starts at: £120 - £600
Industry: Business, Employment


Seeking to answer pressing questions asked by the people this past year, the Employment Related Services Association’s (ERSA) annual conference will present discussions by economists, politicians, providers and policy experts about their employment predictions for 2019.


Among many others, here are some of the questions the event will answer:

  • How can organisations access money through the DPS?
  • What is the opportunity around rehabilitation and prison education?

The event will also conduct eight interactive breakout sessions on topics such as Mental Health at Work, The next round of Transforming Rehabilitation, and What Works in Supporting In-Work Progression, among others.


Join and network with around 200 leaders from multinational to local charities, social enterprises, and funders, among many others.


For more info, visit their page at


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Maximise Women’s Business Conference & Awards 2018

Event Date: December 5, Wednesday, 10:00 - 17:00 GMT
Venue: Pitville Pump Room, East Approach Dr, GL52 3JE Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Starts at: £58.80
Industry: Business


Now on its 6th year, join over 400 delegates for a day of inspiring talks, exhibits, networking, and awards as the conference celebrates the UK’s successful businesswomen. With businessman and TV presenter Paul Martin as a keynote speaker, Maximise is one of the London business conferences that offers a great opportunity to learn and to meet and network with professional women and businesswomen across the UK.


Aside from the conference talks, enjoy other activities in the event such as Dragoness Den, speed networking, a fashion show, the Author Hub, and the Business Woman of the Year awards.


For more info, visit their page at


Most Contagious LDN

Event Date: December 6, Thursday, 08:30 - 18:00 GMT
Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH, United Kingdom
Starts at: £511.79
Industry: Marketing, Advertising


This acclaimed year-end conference gathers marketers from successful brands, media and advertising agencies across the globe. Most Contagious LDN will highlight this year’s most influential and creative events, technologies, campaigns, trends, and startups that will shape marketing in 2019.


Get insights and learn strategies from Burger King’s Global CMO Fernando Machado, The Economist’s Deputy Editor Tom Standage, and Bumble’s Vice President Louise Troen, among others.


For more info, visit their page at


Impact Investing Summit 2018

Event Date: December 6 - 7, Thursday to Friday, 09:00 - 17:30 GMT
Venue: The Great Hall, Kensington Conference and Events Centre, Hornton St, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Starts at: £594 - £834
Industry: Banking, Finance


One of the must-attend London business conferences this year is the Impact Investing Summit 2018, the UK’s leading social impact investment event. It focuses on the social impact of all investment types such as stocks, social impact bonds, private equity, fintech, charitable foundations, and social entrepreneurship, among many others.


This year's keynote speakers include industry leaders from Bloomberg, BCG, KPMG, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Expect discussions on the impact of investing sector globally, managing the impact of investments, and building social enterprises with impact investing, among others.


For more info, visit their page at 

International Business Conference

Event Date: December 14 - 16, Friday to Sunday, 09:00 - 18:00 GMT
Venue: Brunel University, London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom
Starts at: N/A
Industry: Business


The Management and Business Academy gathers academic professionals, researchers, and students to share their business research. The conference will discuss ideas regarding eBusiness and eGovernment entrepreneurship, gender in management, human resource management identity innovation, cultural and creative industries, and more.


For more info, visit their page at


Future of Payments Conference

Event Date: December 18, Tuesday, 09:00 - 17:00 GMT
Venue: Victory Services Club, London, United Kingdom
Starts at: N/A
Industry: Banking, Finance


The conference explores the different possibilities of payments in the future giving stakeholders the visibility of the current trends shaping the future direction of payments. Participants will hear informative, challenging, and inspirational insights from organisations and key influencers.


Participants can use learnings from the conference as a source of information to develop marketing strategies. Aside from this, participants will also have the opportunity to network, find customers, and find partners from the variety of market sectors and traditional and innovative payments solution providers who will attend the event.


For more info, visit their page at


IAARHIES 129th International Conference

Event Date: December 28 - 29, Friday to Saturday
Venue: Hotel Mercure London Bridge, 71-79 Southwark Street, SE1 0JA, London, United Kingdom
Starts at: N/A
Industry: Business, Social Science, Humanities, Engineering, Tech, Physical and Life Science


The Society of Academic Research invites researchers and academicians to submit their full-length papers until December 18, 2018, regarding a range of topics from Business and Humanities to Engineering and Life Sciences.


The conference will give the opportunity to academicians, professionals, and practitioners to present their research in one forum and meet other like-minded individuals.


For more info, visit their page at


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