37,832 attendees from 117 countries
The final Collision event has reached a new record, gathering 37,832 attendees from 117 countries. This will be the last Collision event, and its final year in Toronto, before it transitions to Web Summit Vancouver in May 2025.

● Collision announced that 37,832 attendees from 117 countries attendedthe final-year event in Toronto
● This will be the final Collision event before Web Summit Vancouver takes over next May
● A record-breaking 1,834 companies will exhibit on the event floor, including startups from 57 countries and global partners such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, Dell and Snowflake
● 45 percent of exhibiting startups are women-founded, 42 percent of attendees are women, and 35 percent of speakers are women
● 1,003 members of the media will cover talks from 570 speakers, who will be joined by 739 investors

Record-breaking year for women founders
More than 45 percent of startups (734) are women-founded, the highest proportion of women founders ever at a Collision event, up from 30 percent in 2023. 42 percent of all attendees, as well as 35 percent of speakers across
Collision’s 18 tracks, are women. Collision’s women in tech program has been running since 2016, and at this
year’s event, there is a dedicated women in tech meet-up area to facilitate networking and making connections.

Startups and partners
1,623 startups from 57 countries will exhibit over three days of Collision, the highest number of startups at any Collision event. Almost 200 startups are attending through the Impact program – which brings together the most
promising climate tech, health tech and deep tech startups within the space –and 370 startups at Collision are Black- or Indigenous-founded. Participating startups will take part in 57 Mentor Hours sessions and nine startup
masterclasses during the event. Some of the most well-known companies – including AWS, Microsoft,
Snowflake and Dell – will exhibit on the Collision event floor, as well as trade delegations from countries around the world, including Italy, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Latvia, Japan, Costa Rica, the Philippines,
Uruguay and Austria.
“It’s incredible to go out on such a high for our final Collision event. We have more startups than ever before in Toronto this year, connecting and exchanging ideas about the technology and trends shaping the world. I’m incredibly proud of the growth we’ve seen and the growth in representation. Startup participation has grown 50 percent over the six years we’ve been in Toronto, and this year, we’ve broken an incredible record, as 45 percent of our startups are women-founded,” said Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of Web Summit.
“At a time when technology is interwoven into every aspect of our lives and i advancing more rapidly than ever before, and with an uncertain future ahead, gathering diverse groups of people to exchange ideas and perspectives, learn from one another, and help forge a path forward where everyone in society is enhanced, not harmed, by innovation, is essential, he continued.
Investors, speakers and media
Collision is hosting 570 speakers this year, including Aidan Gomez, founder and CEO of Cohere; Geoffrey Hinton, the Godfather of AI; and Maria Sharapova, entrepreneur and tennis legend. Elsewhere, 1,003 journalists from outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, as well as 739
investors from some of the world’s biggest funds, are in attendance.


Top investors at the event include Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures;Wesley Chan, co-founder and managing partner of FPV Ventures; and Nigel Morris, co-founder and managing partner of QED Investors, all of whom featured on the Forbes Midas List. 1,762 investor to startup meeting requests
have been made for Collision 2024 so far. Community partnerships and our Indigenous attendee program
42 community partners are taking part in Collision 2024, and the number of local and national grassroots organizations and groups participating in the program has grown exponentially since 2019, when just two groups attended.Community partners at this year’s event include Black Founders Network, Colorintech, Scale Without Borders and The Tech Effect. Collision’s Indigenous attendee program is also returning for a third year to
amplify the voices of Indigenous communities in Canada, and to contribute towards building a more just and fair tech ecosystem. Since the program’s beginnings in 2022, Collision has distributed hundreds of free tickets to
Indigenous leaders, founders, investors and operators in the tech space.
About Collision:
Collision is considered the single most important tech deal-making event in the world, gathering the next generation of leaders reshaping the world. Half a million people have attended Web Summit events – Web Summit in Europe, WebSummit Rio in South America, Collision in North America, Web Summit Qatar in the Middle East, and RISE in Asia – since the company’s beginnings as a 150-person conference in Dublin in 2009.
Web Summit’s mission is to enable the meaningful connections that change the world. Web Summit also undertakes a range of initiatives to support diversity, equality and inclusion across the tech worlds, including Impact, women in tech, Amplify, our scholarship programme, and our community partnerships.
Useful links:
Collision speakers page: https://collisionconf.com/speakers
Collision Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/collisionconf/albums

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