Important Initiatives at the 2022 Web Summit

Web Summit is a technology conference held annually in Lisbon, Portugal. Web Summit was founded in 2009 by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly, and Daire Hickey, and it was first held in Dublin, Ireland, until 2016, when it relocated permanently to Lisbon. Our bespoke luxury magazine researched the significance of the 2022 event, which you can read about here:

Significant endeavors

Women in Tech

Toptal will partner with Web Summit this year to arrange the Women in Tech Lounge, which will include roundtables, masterclasses, talks, and meetings. Since its commencement in 2015, female involvement has increased dramatically, growing from 42% in 2016 to 50.5 percent in 2021. In November 2021, more women than males attended Web Summit for the first time.


In compliance with its 2030 Sustainability Strategy, Web Summit has eliminated plastic by up to four tonnes by using sustainably generated and 100 percent recyclable attendance badges and startup boards. Over the last four years, Web Summit has reduced single-use plastic by introducing alternatives such as recyclable cardboard water cups at free water refill stations throughout the venues, glass bottles of water on stages and in lounges, and cardboard cartons of water sold by onsite food and drink vendors.

The Impact initiative 

The Impact initiative of Impact Web Summit, which launched in 2020, brings together incredible startups working to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as investors who focus their investments on companies, organizations, and funds that generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact. So far, 190+ Impact startups from industries such as have confirmed their presence at WS22. – AgronetPro, PlanetWatch, Carbcoin, Descycle – Sustainability and cleantech

– Philanthropy and social responsibility Medical technologies and pharmaceuticals – VoxCell BioInnovation, IMcoMET, Beesers, Cerebra