2015 International CES to feature a record number of startups

by Debbie Hall

The 2015 International CES will spotlight startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West. The Consumer Electronics Association also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage. Owned and produced by the CEA, the 2015 CES will run Jan. 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.

With the wild popularity of the ABC television show, “Shark Tank,” more entrepreneurs and business people realize the value of exposure and many have chosen CES and the Eureka Park Marketplace.  “Shark Tank” will host an open call on Jan. 8, 2015 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show. The open call will be held in section J of the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian starting at 8 a.m.

Eureka Park Marketplace will feature over 375 exhibitors, an increase of 59 percent over last year’s statistics. Presented by the National Science Foundation and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers. Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

The Startup Stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The Startup Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies. This destination in Eureka Park also features office hours, pitching and networking. View the full schedule at CESweb.org/StartupStage.

Ten of the most innovative startups in will pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel on Jan. 8.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.” No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business.”

Eureka ParkFloored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

The 2015 CES will feature over 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. For more information on the 2015 CES, visit CESweb.org.

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