Posted on 01/18/18 by Sarah Van Velsor
Arlington Economic Development (AED) gave 10 Arlington and Northern Virginia startups the opportunity to showcase their products at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. AED’s booth was located in Eureka Park which was home to more than 500 startup companies from all over the world and gave the local startups the perfect location to meet potential customers, partners and investors.
CES proved to be a valuable experience for our startups and allowed them to make connections and find investors. For example, Ingrid Sanden of Boolean Girl, a startup that teaches girls to code with the help of a build-your-own computer kit, was able to make contact with investors that focused only on women-owned companies. Regarding her experience at CES, she said, “The contacts that I made and the enthusiasm people had for our product was very encouraging. We had exposure here that we would never have had anywhere else.”
We had startups from a wide variety of local industries representing many facets of the Arlington tech scene. SmartGurlz and Boolean Girl both demonstrated products that helped young girls learn to code. TMSoft shared their white noise application for a better night’s sleep. Deep Learning Analytics showed off a prototype of an Artificial Intelligence program, Deep Species ID which identifies thousands of different plant and animal species from a photo. Patdek offered a solution to make the patent process easier for startups and patent lawyers. Arlington’s fast-growing cybersecurity industry was well-represented by five startups, RunSafe Security, PFP Cybersecurity, Status Identity, Virgil Security and Shevirah, Inc, that were targeting the many software, Internet of Things and app developers at CES. All our companies were offered free booth space, but did pay their own travel and lodging expenses.
AED also soft-launched our award-winning startup competition, Startup Arlington at CES. It offered the perfect opportunity to meet and network with startups that might be interested in expanding to the D.C. area. Startup Arlington is open to founders/CEOs of technology startups that live outside of the greater D.C. area and promotes Arlington as a technology and startup-friendly community on a national level.
Topic: BIG Update