Posted on 01/18/17 by Sarah Van Velsor
Arlington Economic Development launched our award-winning startup competition, Startup Arlington at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Our booth was located in Eureka Park which was home to more than 500 startup companies from all over the world. It offered the perfect opportunity to meet and network with startups that might be interested in expanding to the DC 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.
Since Arlington is situated just across the river from Washington, D.C., we are the perfect place for startups to grow. With our highly educated workforce, unbeatable tech-friendly infrastructure and as home to many of the Federal agencies looking for these dynamic technologies (DARPA, NSF, DHS), Arlington is strategically positioned to attract innovative startups to our area. Our booth was a lounge style booth and created lots of opportunities to have conversations about Arlington as a home for technology and bring people together to make important connections.
On Thursday, we partnered with Techstars to host meetings between startups and major companies, such as Brookstone and GE Ventures. The startups were able to connect on a personal level with representatives of the companies and pitch their products.
We were also able to bring some of our local startups with us and share the success that they have found here in Arlington. Deep Learning Analytics, Phone2Action, Synexxus and NetPure were all featured at our booth. Netpure even set up a pop-up display within our booth to sell and promote their child-safe internet router. Their product was born out of 20 years of experience delivering internet security systems to the FBI, Pentagon and NAVY SEALS.
Our CES adventures culminated on Saturday night at the Entrepreneurs reception. It was an invitation-only party for small business owners and entrepreneurs to network. It was great to connect with some of the people that we had met throughout the conference in a laidback atmosphere at the Commonwealth Las Vegas.
Did you attend CES 2017? What valuable connections were you able to make?Topic: BIG Update