Innovation Showcase 2021

Join us to review the Class of 2021, watch their pitches live on Demo Day, and set aside time to meet the telco tech scouts, vendor partners, and communications industry investors who are committed to discovering the next set of innovation partners for the telecom industry. 18 spectacular Showcase companies have been selected and we look forward to introducing them to you on May 13. This year’s class cover a broad range of technologies, including 5G, Cloud, Edge, Open WiFi, AR, consumer engagement and more!

  • Date: 5/13/2021 08:00 AM - 5/14/2021 05:00 PM
  • Location: Telecom Council's Online Meeting Room & Portal (Map)
  • More Info: Zoom instructions 24 hours before meeting starts

Details & Registration




Thursday May 13: Startup Pitches & Demos
Friday May 14: Demos and MatchMaker Meetings

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 review the Class of 2021 through include rapid-fire pitches, demos, telco roundtable with tech scouts and investors, and the option to use Telecom Council's MatchMaker service.

18 spectacular Showcase companies have been selected by our member judges for this year's class cover a broad range of technologies and we look forward to introducing them to you on May 13.

CLASS OF 2021 Includes:

  • Energy
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Network Analytics
  • Open WiFi
  • 5G App
  • Asset Monitoring
  • Contextual Engagement
  • MIMO Antenna
  • Collaborative Viewing
  • Edge Orchestration
  • AR
  • Open RAN
  • 5G NFV
  • Distributed Edge
  • Customer Service
  • Remote Video

Full Registration for the Showcase will allow you to join the Telco Roundtable at the start of the day to learn how the operators are integrating new technologies, and includes access to the MatchMaker Meeting Service for 15-minute, private followup chats after the Rapid Fire startup pitches with companies who match your interests and priorities.


  • Telco Roundtable – An interactive discussion with telco about their innovation priorities and how startup can break into the telecoms market.
  • Product Pitches – 2 hours of dynamic, concise company introductions, from carefully curated communications startups across ComTech and IoT.
  • Online Exhibits – Better than a tradeshow, technology and product demos are online before, during and after the pitches and private meetings. 
  • MatchMaker Meeting Service – Curate your own private meeting schedule and followup with other participants via personal, prearranged, 1-on-1 online meetings.

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 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 over the following 24-hours - either over zoom or in-person.


  • Webinar-Only Registration: $200
  • Full Registration includes company listing in directory, optional exhibits, full access to the Telecom Council portal and 2-days of MatchMaking for up to 3 people: $2000
  • Free to Telecom Council members

Thank you to UK’s Department for International Trade for sponsoring this year’s Innovation Showcase. Visit the virtual pavilion in the Telecom Council Portal to discover 10 innovative young communications companies out of the UK who will be taking pre-scheduled meetings on May 13th-14th.