Host Your Side Event

We’re on the lookout for Boston-area, in-person “Side Events” to accompany TechCrunch’s Early Stage 2024 conference on April 25 in Boston!

What are Side Events?

Side Events give you a chance to grow your brand and network with 1,500 conference attendees and the local tech community by hosting your own event as part of “Early Stage Week” from April 21- April 27. We prioritize events that are focused on the early-stage startup/investor community and provide value to founders and VCs.

Side Event registration management, event logistics/operations, event promotions and costs are all managed by the Side Event host.

TechCrunch provides marketing promotion of the Side Event to its own audience/conference attendees.


  • January 12: Applications open
  • February 12–March 14: Application approvals/rejection sent by EOD each Friday for previous week’s submissions
  • March 15: Applications close **
  • March 18: Final application approvals/rejections sent
  • March 25: Side Events promoted by TechCrunch on event website
  • March 25–April 25: Side Events promoted by TechCrunch through various emails, posts, etc.

** Paid sponsor Side Events have until April 8 to submit their events.

  • Participating in and apply for a Side Event is 100% free
  • As the host, you are responsible for managing your event’s registration/registration page, promotion, creative, operations, insurance, costs, etc.
  • All events must be 18+ 
  • If serving alcohol, your event must be 21+
  • Side events are open to the public & registered attendees
  • Only Boston-venue-based events will be considered (no virtual)
  • Your event must take place the week of April 21 – April 27
  • Events taking place on April 25, must take place after 5:00pm