Every year since 2010, Telecom Council members select a Class of exceptional young communications and networking companies who represent the future of the communications industry.

The annual Innovation Showcase competition is open to startups and scaleups on the cutting edge of communications and networking. Companies selected for the Class of 2024 will be introduced to the network operator, telecom vendor, and communications investor community through pitches, MatchMaking, and demos. These telecom giants are looking for new innovation and technology partners that they can work with to expand into new markets, improve their current products and services, grow customer satisfaction, and occasionally invest in.

  • Nominations closed 1/31, adjudication is under way
  • Winners announced by Feb 28, 2024
  • Meet the Class of 2024 at Telecom Talks in Menlo Park, CA on May 8


10 companies will be selected for the Innovation Showcase Class of 2024

Telecom Council’s Innovation Showcase is specifically designed for busy technology companies who are looking for a high yield opportunity to meet multiple potential partners in a single day. The application form should take no more than 30 minutes to complete, with the event element focused on you, your technology, and your business goals with no need for the marketing commitment normally associated with these types of competitions.

While there is no fee to apply and no cash prize, winners benefit in many material ways as part of the Innovation Showcase Class of 2024:

  • Private Introductions to telcos covering North America, Europe, and Asia who are actively looking for new technologies to buy, sell, integrate, and invest in.
  • Recognition and validation with carriers, vendors, and VCs that your solution is meeting the needs of the market and that potential customers are ready to invest time to learn more about your solution.
  • Feedback and self-evaluation as you gain valuable insights from the Telecom Council community on how you can take your solution to market.
  • Speaker and Demo opportunities at Telecom Council's annual meeting, Telecom Talks, with pitches, tabletop exhibits and our proven MatchMaker Meeting Service.
All applications will be screened by Telecom Council members, including:

May 8: Demos, Pitches & MatchMaker Meetings in Silicon Valley May 9: MatchMaker Meetings online in the Telecom Council Portal

Telecom Council’s Innovation Showcase winners are rewarded with business-tangible introductions that open doors to future customers, partners, and investors.

Up to 10 companies will be selected for the Class of 2024. All Class of 2024 companies can participate in our annual meeting, Telecom Talks, on May 8 to take advantage of a curated audience of telco tech scouts to present their propositions and take questions. Class of 2024 companies will also have access to our private, in-person MatchMaker Meeting Service for those who want to take advantage of pre-arranged 1:1 introductory meeting with telcos, vendors, and investors who express interest in their product or service. For participating companies, extra MatchMaker meetings will also available online on May 9.

Companies named to the Class of 2024 will receive:

  1. Presentation: Stage time in front of an in-person audience of telecom tech scouts and communications investors
  2. Demo/Meeting Table: In-room meeting table for demos, follow up, and private conversations
  3. Private Introductions: Unlimited, curated, pre-scheduled meetings between you and matching BD, tech, strategy, and VC representatives arranged by our MatchMaker Meeting Service at Telecom Talks; available as an upgrade.
Telecom Council is proud to be an F6S Network Partner

F6S Network Partner image