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"Innovation Showcase is a must-attend event for all start-ups, VCs and telecom execs that aim to play a big future role in the communications sector."

Daniel Heer / Zeotap



15 communications startups every Telco needs to meet

Telecom Council’s Annual Innovation Showcase introduces young companies to the telco and telecom industry partners that can take them global. The Showcase Class of 2021 will feature up to 15 private companies with ready-to-deploy technologies and services across the communications industry - from AI, NetOps, and Cloud to 5G, Edge, and IoT.

Innovation Showcase Participants include:




Nominations being accepted until 26 February 2021

With 10 years' experience  introducing communications startups to communications service providers and vendors, the Telecom Council has helped countless young companies get their first deal, fill a funding round, even start relationships that ended in acquisition. If your company is selected for the Class of 2021, you will get the undivided attention of a room full of technology scouts from global telcos, their tier 1 vendors, and telecom investors.


Anyone can nominate a company for the Class of 2021 by completing the online nomination form. Whether it is your company or a company that you think our telco members should review, successful nominees will be ready to deploy, able to scale, and offer innovative solutions to telecommunication challenges. On Innovation Showcase Demo Day, up to 15 companies will be introduced to Telecom Council's telco members who represent over 3 billion customers around the world. These innovative global telcos are looking for technologies, solutions, and services that they can implement in under 12 months. Their innovation priorities include technologies that improve their networks, increase subscriber satisfaction, lower OPEX, and offer cutting edge services.

Companies selected to the Innovation Showcase Class of 2021 will automatically receive:

  • Rapid Fire pitch to introduce your company and your technology ($1000 value)
  • 2 Registrations to the Innovation Showcase Demo Day ($400 value)
  • Promotion as a member of the Class of 2021 via PR, website, LinkedIn, Twitter, blog, newsletters and emarketing.

Select startups may upgrade their participation to include:

  • Curated introductions and private meetings via Telecom Council's MatchMaker Meeting Service
  • 12-month Product Listing in Innovation Showcase Online Portal
  • Meeting/Demo Table for in-person meetings in Silicon Valley



Join Telecom Council members, telcos representing over 3B customers across 40 countries, and the vendors and investors that support innovation across the communications industry as we introduce the Innovation Showcase Class of 2021. This year's Innovation Showcase will include pitches, demos, panel discussion with telecom tech scouts and investors, and the option to use Telecom Council's MatchMaker service.

May 13-14, 2021

Thursday: Panel Discussion and Rapid Fire Pitches
Friday: Demos and MatchMaker Meetings
Registration opens in March

This year's Showcase will combine opportunities for remote participation via Telecom Council's Virtual Meeting Room and online Portal, and face-to-face demos and meetings in-person in Silicon Valley. Startups and scouts will be able to choose their level of participation when they register.

Registration for telcos, telecom vendors, and investors will open in March.


Learn about Telecom Council's MatchMaker Service

Telecom Council's MatchMaker meeting service is speed dating for startups and telecom companies. During the Innovation Showcase, our MatchMaker will facilitate over 400 private discussions between companies with mutual interest. These pre-arranged, 15-minute meetings start after the startup presentations and can be scheduled until EOD Friday - either over zoom or in-person.