Get the most out of
Tech ecosystems

We accelerate innovation by connecting market leaders with the smartest minds.


We find the best startups for our clients’ upcoming tradeshows & internal corporate events.


Conference curators trust us to get high-quality speakers on their stages.


We support the launch of a wide variety of leadership initiatives in several verticals.

Supporting global innovators

We believe in the power of meetings, online and offline, to create a better future.

Satisfied clients

We work with global brands, public entities, event organizers, investors, startups & scaleups.


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About Us

We've been connecting corporates, governments, investors and events with the global startup ecosystems since 2015

Dedicated to innovation ecosystems

We believe entrepreneurs can change the world if they attend the right event, at the right time.That’s why, back in 2015, we designed and launched the first event acceleration program for startups, in collaboration with 35+ Tech event partners around the world.Today, Startup Sesame is the leading agency for Tech events in Europe.

Obsessed with Tech events

Most startup professionals believe Tech events will continue to have a positive impact on their business.That’s because Tech events are often the best places to learn about new ideas, trends, formats & experiences happening all around the world.


Our community is our raison d’être.We’re honored to have magnetized such an incredible group of founders, industry experts, innovation evangelists, investors & journalists together in the spirit of helping great entrepreneurs succeed in changing the world!

Interested in joining the team? Check our open positions!

Ben Costantini
Founder & CEO

Suzanne Newman

Joanna Kirk

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Our services

From short term partnerships to annual activations,
we support activities that drive innovation and entrepreneurship globally

Startup scouting

Our database of 100,000+ startups ensures our clients get higher-quality applicants for their startup competitions.

Speaker sourcing

Having worked with hundreds of speakers over the years, we know how to find the right profile for any stage.


Special projects

Need help launching any new event-related projects or initiatives this year? Contact us!


We curate & share relevant, actionable content with our community of 25K+ Tech event lovers through our newsletter & social media.

Event design

We design and help organize professional events where innovators connect with corporates, investors, media, and policy-makers.

Speaker profile strategy

We create engaging speaker profiles, providing our clients with more speaking opportunities.

Wondering how we can work together?


Boosting the future of business events

Uniting the world of Tech events

Featuring upcoming event profiles, expert interviews, industry deep dives & a wide range of podcast episodes, Sesamers is the place to be for Tech event lovers.

Sesamers on Tour

The global showcase of Tech ecosystems featured over 100 speakers and reached an audience of 500K viewers in 2021, showcasing 12 different startup ecosystems.

Success Stories

Spotlighting some of our most recent projects


Launched the first SIAL Startup, dedicated to early stage startups willing to exhibit at SIAL Paris 2022, the leading B2B food fair - leading to 6 figures in additional sales.


Increased the pipeline of qualified applicants to JEC’s annual Startup Booster competition for composites innovations from 40 applicants in 2017 to 200+ in 2022.

Startup Valencia

Collaborated with both local & international stakeholders to curate the main stage program for the Valencia Digital Summit including over 80 speakers from 20 countries.

B2B Rocks

Designed & produced the first edition of B2B Rocks’ World Pitch Competition, welcoming applications from 300+ international SaaS founders from 18 countries.


Provided event strategy and speaker placement services to a new product studio willing to expand its reach in Europe.


Created the first Deezer Symposium, an invite-only thought leadership conference organized during VivaTech 2022 with 15 speakers and 200 attendees.


Developed the event strategy and speaker program of StationX, Siemens Mobility’s Venture Client. Landed 20+ speaking opportunities.

Business France

Co-designed the first Speakers & Talents Community; a service from Business France and French Tech to support entrepreneurs with speaking opportunities.

Wondering how we can work together?

Happy customers ranging from international corporations, leading investment firms, governmental organizations and global business events.

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