Introduction

Elevate Festival 2024 is a one-of-a-kind innovation festival uniting the tech and creative communities in Graz. Attendees will:

  • Network & connect with fellow innovators and entrepreneurs
  • Hear from world-class speakers on the future of technology
  • Learn about the latest tech innovations
  • Access investors and funding opportunities
  • Pitch business ideas and startups
  • Enjoy evening socials to meet new contacts

The festival runs February 28-March 3, 2024 as Austria premier innovation festival. Join us for 5 days of inspiration, education, and celebration centered around using technology to drive positive change.

TECH AND INNOVATION

Elevate Festival 2024 brings together the brightest innovative minds and leading tech companies for 3 days of cutting-edge education, inspiration, and celebration.

Reasons to Attend

Here are the top reasons you won’t want to miss Elevate Festival 2024:

  1. Network and Connect with over 5,000 fellow innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, developers, and more
  2. Meet investors and venture capitalists eager to fund the next big startup idea
  3. Learn from world-class speakers like Reid Hoffman, Michelle Zatlyn, Bassem Awadallah, and other tech visionaries
  4. Attend hands-on workshops and hackathons focused on emerging technologies like AI, VR/AR, blockchain, quantum computing, and more
  5. Pitch your startup on the main stage for a chance to win $100K in funding
  6. Demo the latest innovations in sectors like healthtech, greentech, fintech, and future of work
  7. Scout talent for your company and recruit from Canada’s top tech and creative graduates
  8. Discover Toronto’s thriving innovation ecosystem and make connections that will accelerate your entrepreneurial goals

What You Can Expect

The 2024 festival agenda packed with events like:

DayMorningAfternoonEvening
Day 1Opening Keynote & Kickoff EventTopic-Focused Talks & Panel DiscussionsInvestor Networking Social
Day 2Sector-Focused ShowcasesHands-On WorkshopsFounder Mixer
Day 3Startup Pitch CompetitionJob Fair & Recruiting SessionsFestival Headliner Concert & Closing Party

Plus showfloor demos, art installations, founder lounges, pitch coaching zones, and evening celebrations across downtown Toronto venues.

Who Should Attend

Elevate Festival 2024 appeals to:

  • Founders and entrepreneurs looking to grow their startups
  • Developers and engineers exploring new technologies
  • Investors and VCs seeking emerging opportunities
  • Innovators across sectors like health, finance, sustainability, etc.
  • Students and recent grads interested in tech and startups
  • Tech companies and recruiters attracting top talent
  • Business leaders focused on digital transformation
  • Creators leveraging technology innovatively
  • Artists inspiring change through their work
  • Government policymakers prioritizing innovation

And anyone eager to glimpse the technologies poised to change the world!

MUSIC, ARTS & DISCOURSE

Beyond technology and innovation, Elevate Festival 2024 interweaves captivating music and art with timely political discourse – making it a one-of-a-kind event.

Musical Lineup

Each night, the festival transforms into a concert venue spotlighting top emerging and established musical artists. The 2024 lineup includes:

  • Helena Hauff (Dark Synthwave, Electro Punk)
  • Hudson Mohawke (Glitch Hop, Hip House)
  • Kode9 (Hyperdub, Bass Music)
  • Iglooghost (Bass, Breakbeat, J-core)
  • DJ Krush (Trip Hop, Abstract Hip Hop)
  • Loraine James (Experimental Club)
  • Roisin Murphy (Disco, Alt-Dance)

Ranging from ethereal soundscapes to high energy beats, this diverse mix of electronic, hip hop, jazz, punk, and experimental genres energizes evening social events.

Arts & Installations

Internationally acclaimed visual and media artists create interactive exhibits to stimulate, provoke, and entertain throughout the festival. Immersive installations, AI-generated landscapes, AR sculptures, urban projections, and more transform event spaces into vibrant art galleries.

Artists confirmed so far include teamLab, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Moon Ribas & Manel Margalef, and Mickalene Thomas.

Talks & Discussions

Daily talked, panels, and think tanks anchor Elevate Festival 2024’s mission to drive progress through interdisciplinary collaboration. Thought leaders across technology, policy, art, activism, and academia exchange ideas and chart paths forward on humanity’s greatest challenges.

Session Tracks

  • The Future of Work & Education
  • Data Rights & Online Freedom
  • Sustainable Technology
  • The Creative Economy
  • Inclusive Innovation & Access
  • The Generative Revolution

Why It Matters

At the intersection of music, art, ideas, and community, Elevate Festival 2024 aims to delight, connect, and activate change makers. This special blend of elements seeds new partnerships, surfaces inspiring visions, and equips attendees with the insight and courage to enact positive change.

20TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

In 2024, Elevate Festival celebrates its 20th inspiring year championing innovation, connection, and positive change.

Lineup Announcement

Mark your calendars for the big 2-0 edition running February 28 – March 3, 2024 in Graz, Austria. The first wave of featured talent includes musical phenom Róisín Murphy, data visionary Ryoji Ikeda, multimedia artist teamLab, hip hop icon DJ Krush, and other world-class performers and speakers soon to be announced.

The Story So Far

Founded in 2005, Elevate Festival started as a intimate gathering of forward-thinking creators and activists. It has since blossomed into one of Europe’s most acclaimed interdisciplinary festivals at the intersection of contemporary music, art, technology, and political discourse.

By The Numbers:

  • 20 Festivals & Counting
  • 1,200+ Speakers Hosted
  • 450+ Performances & Concerts
  • 25,000+ Lifetime Attendees
  • 50+ Countries Represented

Yet as much as Elevate has grown over 20 editions, the non-profit festival sticks to its founding principles of equality, ethical standards, environmental sustainability, and championing marginalized voices.

It continues to drive positive change on topics like human rights, digital privacy, climate justice, refugee rights, antiracism, algorithmic bias, the future of labor, and more.

Why It Matters

Elevate Festival 2024 offers a timely beacon of hope in an increasingly polarized world. It convenes both radical optimists and pragmatic activists to trace pathways between today’s tensions and tomorrows solutions.

Through courageous conversations, boundary-pushing art, rousing concerts, and serendipitous connections it aims to inform perspectives, inspire action, and elevate horizons of possibility.

Because changing the world means first changing minds.

EVENT DETAILS

Elevate Festival 2024 takes place in two vibrant cities: Toronto, Canada and Graz, Austria. Check out what’s happening across both festival locations:

Toronto

Dates: October 1-3, 2024

Venues:

  • Harbourfront Centre
  • Roy Thompson Hall
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox
  • Rebel Nightclub
  • Plus satellite events at MaRS Discovery District, Ryerson DMZ, and the Ontario Science Centre.

As Canada’s largest tech and innovation festival, Elevate Toronto gathers thousands at downtown’s beautiful Harbourfront Centre and neighboring hubs of creativity. Don’t miss sunset musical performances with Toronto’s stunning skyline as the backdrop!

Getting There:

  • Just 25 minutes by public transit from Pearson Intl. Airport
  • Walkable from 50+ downtown hotels
  • Right along Lake Ontario’s waterfront

Can’t make it to Austria? Experience Elevate’s signature blend of ideas, art, and community vibrancy without leaving North America.

Graz

Founded here in 2005, the home edition in Graz remains Elevate Festival’s anchor event.

Dates: February 28 – March 3, 2024

Main Venue: Dom im Berg

  • Stunning concert hall carved inside a mountain
  • Located right in Graz’s scenic old town
  • Walk from 30+ nearby hotels & apartments

City Highlights:

  • Picturesque Alpine setting along the River Mur
  • UNESCO City of Design & Gourmet Cuisine
  • Architecture from Gothic to Contemporary
  • Easy access flight connections across Europe

Make a week of it by extending your Austria travels before/after the festival! Discover Graz’s quaint cafes, palaces, farmers markets, thermal spas, and museums at a relaxed pace.

CONNECTING COMMUNITY

Elevate Festival 2024 brings together thousands of bright minds across technology, business, arts, activism, government and beyond. Attend to:

Find Your People

Discover your community and make connections that spark new ventures, collaborations, and friendships.

Attendee Mix Includes:

  • Founders & Entrepreneurs
  • Investors & Venture Capitalists
  • Policymakers & Government Leaders
  • Researchers & Academics
  • Creators & Artists
  • Sustainability Advocates
  • Activists & Organizers
  • Technology Innovators
  • Students & Recent Grads
  • Media & Industry Influencers
  • Changemakers from 50+ Countries

Enjoy Evening Socials

During the day, dive deep into the future of tech and society. After dark, unwind and connect with new contacts at parties across unique venues. Open format meetups allow for intimate small group conversations as well as big picture networking.

Build Your Network

Today’s complex challenges demand unprecedented cooperation across borders, backgrounds, and beliefs. Elevate Festival 2024 equips attendees with an expanded ecosystem of potential funders, future employees, advisors, partners, and collaborators.

Lead Generation Opportunities

Organizations can generate 100+ promising sales prospects in just 3 days at Elevate Festival 2024. Sponsor a track, lead a workshop, host an evening event, or set up an expo booth. Talk with our sales team about custom branded activations to achieve your conference marketing goals.

The meaningful connections and eureka moments sparked annually at Elevate often underpin the next generation of startups, movements, technologies, and solutions that change the world.

FUNDING & INVESTMENT

Elevate Festival 2024 connects entrepreneurs with over $4 billion in accessible capital looking for big ideas, new technologies, and promising startups.

Access Investors

Meet decision makers from top Venture Capital firms like:

  • Accel
  • Sequoia Capital
  • Insight Partners
  • General Catalyst
  • OMERS Ventures
  • Real Ventures
  • Panache Ventures

Attend intimate networking events to share your startup’s vision, demo product, and gauge potential interest. Schedule one-on-one meetings in advance to pitch in detail and build key relationships.

Find Funding

Over 20 Canadian and European angel, seed, and series A investors actively participate each year. They’re eager to discover innovative founders solving problems with technology across sectors like climate, health, education, transportation and more.

Funding Available

  • Pre-Seed Capital
  • Seed Funding
  • Series A Financing
  • Venture Capital
  • Angel Investments
  • Government Grants

Startup Pitch Opportunities

Take the main stage to showcase your early stage startup to thousands of attendees and win awards up to $100K in cash and prizes. Or apply to pitch privately to an expert panel of VCs assembled by Elevate.

Limited spots available so apply early!

Grow Your Business

Beyond fundraising, connect with potential advisors, future employees, pilot partners, and collaborators. Scale your startup faster with the community support and warm introductions facilitated each year.

Take advantage of Elevate Festival 2024 to accelerate your entrepreneurial potential and bring bold ideas to life.

EDUCATION & THOUGHT LEADERS

Elevate Festival 2024 brings together the world’s most inspirational speakers, boundary-pushing artists, and paradigm-shifting scientists.

World-Class Speakers

Hear from recognized icons and emerging luminaries like:

  • Melinda Gates (Philanthropist)
  • Daniel Susskind (Economist)
  • Lisa Jackson (Apple VP Environment)
  • Skylar Tibbits (MIT Self-Assembly Lab)
  • Lauren Gardner (Johns Hopkins Public Health)
  • Emilie Wapnick (Multipotentialite)
  • Maria Ressa (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate)
  • Andreas Ekström (Author & Commentator)

Future-Focused Talks

Over 5 days, talks and panels cover how technology intersects climate, healthcare, democracy, creativity, ethics, identity, productivity, and more.

2024 Track Topics

  • Work & Human Potential
  • Climate Tech & Sustainability
  • Data Rights & Digital Agency
  • AI Safety & Fairness
  • The Creative Economy
  • Health Tech Breakthroughs
  • Advances in Biotech

Share Insights

Bring a friend, meet like-minded peers, challenge assumptions, spark breakthroughs, and accelerate your thinking alongside exceptional creators charting humanity’s path ahead.

Multiply Perspectives

Elevate convenes progressives and conservatives, activists and academics, optimists and skeptics. Diversity of background, expertise, and viewpoint seeds understanding and charts pathways forward on polarizing issues.

Come participate in the insightful dialogue and enjoy every session Captured to watch on-demand later. Renew inspiration by hearing fresh voices tackling the questions that matter most.

CELEBRATE CULTURE

Elevate Festival 2024 showcases leading musicians, visual artists, designers, filmmakers, and cultural catalysts.

Musical Performances

Each evening top international talent takes the stage for concerts under the stars in Toronto and inside an underground concert hall carved out of a mountain in Graz.

Groove to DJ sets, dance the night away, or relax to ambient soundscapes from both legends and emerging musical phenoms pushing creative boundaries.

2024 Artists

  • Róisín Murphy
  • Hudson Mohawke
  • DJ Krush
  • Helena Hauff
  • Iglooghost
  • Kode9
  • Loraine James

Art Installations

Interact with cutting-edge sculptures, AR/VR environments, urban projections, AI-generated artwork, and more integrated throughout festival venues.

Leading creators confirmed so far include teamLab, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Mickalene Thomas, and Moon Ribas & Manel Margalef.

Inspiring Exhibits

Explore projects at the convergence of sustainability, social justice, health, democracy, creativity, and technology.

Demo life-changing innovations, join workshops, enjoy film screenings, discover nonprofit initiatives, and directly support inspiring organizations.

Celebrate Change Makers

Toast the artists, activists, innovators, and scientists working tirelessly to create a healthier, equitable and just future for all of humanity.

Through art, ideas, music, and human connection – Elevate Festival 2024 aims to delight, inform and activate the change makers of today and tomorrow.

Come participate in cultural experiences that seed understanding, summon courage, and elevate our shared horizons of possibility.

ELEVATING EXPERIENCE

Over 5 days each October & March, Elevate Festival takes over Toronto & Graz as the world’s premier contemporary culture festival.

The Buzz

Hailed as “Europe’s SXSW”, the 2024 edition brings art, ideas, music, and technology enthusiasts together around today’s most pressing issues.

Hear from luminaries like Melinda Gates and Skylar Tibbits. See awe-inspiring exhibits from teamLab and Mickalene Thomas. Dance to DJ Krush and Róisín Murphy. Join a community that believes a better future demands both compassion and creativity.

Key Stats

20 Years of Inspiring Festivals

200+ Music Acts & Artists Hosted

500+ World-Class Speakers Featured

50+ Countries Represented by Attendees

5,000 Estimated 2024 Attendance

9 Evening Parties & Concert Events

3 Inspiring Days of Talks & Exhibits

8 Pre-Festival Workshops to Join

Lasting Impact

85% of past participants said Elevate provided lasting inspiration.

65% made valuable new business or personal connections.

55% discovered helpful resources for projects.

15+ companies launched first met at Elevate Festivals.

Join The Movement

The annual pilgrimage of idea seekers, changemakers and culture shapers has sparked startups, collaborations, moonshots and movements that now shape the world.

Come participate and return home informed, energized and connected to turn dreams into reality back in your local community.

Frequently Ask Questions

Elevate 2024 is a premier tech and innovation festival set to take place in Graz, Austria. The festival aims to unite innovators, tech enthusiasts, and industry leaders to discuss and showcase the latest advancements in various fields.

Elevate Festival 2024 will be held in Graz, Austria. The event is scheduled to take place from February 28-March 3, 2024.

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  • Innovative Speakers: Explore a diverse lineup of world-class speakers, including renowned figures like Helena Hauff.
  • Tech and Innovation Showcase: Immerse yourself in the latest trends and advancements in technology and innovation.
  • Political Discourse and Talks: Engage in thought-provoking discussions on political matters and contribute to shaping the future.
  • Music and Art: Experience the intersection of technology and creativity through music and art performances.
  • Startup Ecosystem: Connect with the startup community, learn from founders, and discover the next big thing in the industry.
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  • Connect: Sign up to network with like-minded individuals, investors, and industry leaders.
  • Take Action: Get involved in the festival’s events, discussions, and activities to make a positive impact on the tech and innovation ecosystem.
  • Toronto Innovation Hub: Elevate 2024 is hosted in the heart of Toronto, providing a vibrant and dynamic backdrop for collaboration and growth.
  • Global Reach: With participants from across North America and beyond, Elevate offers a unique opportunity to connect with innovative minds from diverse backgrounds.
  • Elevate Your Knowledge: Learn from professionals, solve challenges, and elevate your understanding of the latest trends and technologies.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of Elevate 2024—where innovation takes center stage!

Conclusion

Elevate 2024 is your ticket to a world-class experience where innovation knows no bounds. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a startup founder, or someone passionate about shaping the future, Elevate 2024 is designed for you. Join us in Graz, Austria, from February 28-March 3, 2024, and be part of a festival that will elevate your expectations and redefine your understanding of what’s possible in the world of technology and innovation.

Thank you for considering Elevate 2024. We look forward to welcoming you to a transformative experience that will leave an indelible mark on your journey in the realms of tech and innovation. Elevate your expectations; Elevate your experience. See you at Elevate 2024!

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