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TechStarter Returns to CEDIA Expo 2021

New exhibitors pitch business model to industry leaders for chance to be named one of the TechStarter Five.

CEDIA Expo has announced the return of TechStarter, a program that offers Launchpad (formerly Innovation Alley) exhibitors the opportunity to pitch their business models to industry executives and be in the running to be named one of the “TechStarter Five.” TechStarter winners will be announced September 1, 2021, at 4:00 PM on the Smart Stage at CEDIA Expo, at the Indiana Convention Center.

TechStarter - CEDIA Expo 2021

This “Shark Tank” style program will identify five Launchpad exhibitors from all areas of the industry who demonstrate the most promise for the future. TechStarter VIP judges will canvas the Launchpad, searching for new brands with strong and unique business approaches as well as an inspired vision for their product or service. Judges will choose an overall winner for the top prize.

Generously donating their time to kickstart new brands and provide feedback and recognition to Launchpad exhibitors are the following VIP judges:

  • David MooreEVP, Snap One
  • David WeinsteinVice President, Residential Sales, Lutron Electronics
  • Roberta Lewis, Roberta Lewis & Associates, LLC.

When making their selections, the judges will determine how the product is unique or innovated, what problem does the product or service solve, and what about the product could potentially make an impact on the industry.

The selected TechStarter Five will receive these benefits to propel their businesses forward:

  • Acknowledgment as one of the top 5 Launchpad brands via press release and social coverage
  • Signage in booth
  • Media training
  • Appearance on Smart Stage for the TechStarter Awards Ceremony
  • Interviews with select media outlets

The top brand will be awarded a prize pack valued at $5000 during the award ceremony on September 1, 2021.

For more information and to register to attend, visit