InfoComm Nurtures Entrepreneurs

JCP_7646aThe AV industry relies heavily on new technology, but until recently it was not a very good parent when it came to supporting its young innovators creating the next big trend. Last year’s InfoComm 2015 Show changed everything with the roll out of the Innovation Pavilion, an entire section of the show floor dedicated to young start-up companies with AV technology to show. The criteria to get in was simple: be a start-up or early revenue company in the AV market space. Each company submits a short description of who they are and where they are in the start-up process, and if the application is accepted the benefits are huge: For a ridiculously low cost you get a kiosk style booth, Internet access, conference rooms, lead sharing, and a flood of interested show attendees deposited at your booth. One of last year’s selected companies said:

The location was great, we gave loads of demos, and we had a blast! We couldn’t have done this without InfoComm and their vision. 

InfoComm basically covers about 2/3 of the cost that would otherwise be spent. Did I mention best in category prizes judged by industry Technology Leaders? Participants are surrounded by like minded entrepreneurs that spend as much time sharing ideas with each other as they do demonstrating their ideas to prospective customers. Last year’s selected Innovators had a great time and got a great boost in moving their products into the market space.

Get more info on how to apply here.

Read the review of last year’s event here.


Richard Blackwell

About Richard Blackwell

Richard Blackwell is the President and Chief Visionary of Linked2Software, a cloud-based building automation and equipment monitoring company. A Veteran U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Plant Supervisor and Graduate of Ga. Tech in Physics and Electrical Engineering, Richard has been in the AV and software industries for 20+ years. Richard received the first U.S. Patent awarded for Video Conferencing Integration in 1996. He speaks and writes regularly about industry topics ranging from Green-AV to IoT and cloud computing. He serves on the InfoComm Foundation Board of Directors and IoT Steering Committee. In the past he has also served on InfoComm Membership Committee, InfoComm Independent Programmers Council, and as a member of InfoComm 100.