Every Spring, Telecom Council members select a group of communications startups to watch and dedicate a day to introducing them to the telco, vendor, and investor community. Annually since 2010, the Innovation Showcase competition introduces communications startups to communications service providers and vendors, helping dozens of young companies expand into new markets, meet there future business and technology partners, and occasionally fill a funding round.

Annual Telecom Council Innovation Showcase

Our search for the next group of innovative young companies disrupting the telecommunications market will start in January 2023. Successful companies will be invited to pitch at the Innovation Showcase Demo Day in the spring, and follow up with private introductions facilitated by our proven MatchMaker service. Telecom Council's Innovation Showcase offers startups the opportunity to meet with multiple global telco tech scouts and telecom vendors who are committed to discovering their next set of innovation partners.

Tuesday May 10: Startup Pitches & Demos
Wednesday May 11: Demos and MatchMaker Meetings

Our 2022 Showcase introduced 14 companies from the Class of 2022, representing 10 countries and a multitude of technologies. Selected by our panel of global Telecom Council members, themselves representing 5 continents, the presenting class members were assured interest from the audience and a series of focused meetings where the MatchMaker Meeting Service was deployed. With over a decade of Classes benefitting from their inclusion in this elite group, we were delighted to reintroduce 4 alum companies to update our community on their successes and technology breakthroughs.

Post presentations, attendees visited the demo tables and participated in private meetings to take their engagement beyond the stage towards successful collaborations.

SPEED DATING For Telcos, Vendors, Investors and Startups
Telecom Council's MatchMaker meeting service is speed dating for startups and telecom companies. During the Innovation Showcase, our MatchMaker facilitated hundreds of private discussions between companies with mutual interest. These pre-arranged, 15-minute meetings followed the startup presentations on May 10th at dedicated tables, and continued in live video calls on May 11.