5,000+ attendees from 72 countries on their way to SURGE

5,000+ attendees from 72 countries on their way to SURGE

February 22, 2016 by Eoghan McNeill

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SURGE is welcoming over 5,000 attendees to Bengaluru for its inaugural year. 5,103 people from 72 countries are set to make SURGE roughly 12.5 times bigger than our European event Web Summit was in its first year.

Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday this week, people from all over the world will hit Bengaluru and see just why it’s considered the centre of the world’s most exciting emerging tech ecosystem.

We can’t wait to see them.

In no particular order, here are the top 20 most represented countries at SURGE.

Great Britain
United Arab Emirates
Hong Kong

SURGEMapBlog The countries represented at SURGE are coloured in Orange – all 72 of them

World-class speakers


Over 100 speakers will take part in talks across our Centre, Enterprise, Marketing and Startup University Stages.

From the Co-Founder & COO of French unicorn BlaBlaCar Nicolas Brusson to Bollywood star and Ketto Co-Founder Kunal Kapoor, we’ve got a diverse group of speakers coming to SURGE.

Be sure to mark the talks you’re most excited about in the schedule section of our app.

400+ of the world’s most promising startups

433 startups will exhibit on the SURGE floor across the conference’s two days.  Of these, 418 will join our ALPHA programme. That’s where you’ll find the most exciting early-stage startups from across the world.

The other 15 will join START, our programme for the highest potential international startups.

40 of these startups will compete in PITCH, our pitching competition that will be judged by the likes of Flipkart Co-Founder Sachin Bansal and Director of Growth at Waze Di-Ann Eisnor.

One will be crowned SURGE’s best startup.

Over 200 investors

SURGEMcClure 500 Startups Founder Dave McClure will be among the 200+ investors at SURGE

Leading investors from funds such as NEA, Sequoia, 500 Startups, Accel Partners, Matrix Partners, Blume Ventures, and Kalaari Capital will all be on the ground.

Be sure to catch 500 Startups Founder Dave McClure’s talks on Centre and Startup University Stages – he’s one of 208 investors joining us in Bengaluru.

International media

With all the excitement of SURGE, someone’s going to need to tell the stories of the conference.

We’ve got 290 international media from some of the world’s largest and most respected publications on their way.

Some will moderate our onstage talks while others will be there looking for the biggest stories to emerge from the conference.

Keep an eye out for Forbes, Quartz, Financial Times, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, and BBC.

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About the Author

Eoghan McNeill
Eoghan is a former journalist from Donegal on Ireland’s north west coast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading things he hasn’t written.