Today, I'm excited to share the news that Tech.Co has partnered with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to host a unique combined conference where the biggest names in technology will meet the cutting edge of the startup world: Innovate! and Celebrate conference. Innovate! and Celebrate will take place September 20 – September 22 in San Jose, California.
Celebrate was previously hosted in downtown Las Vegas, but this year we decided to move closer to Silicon Valley and partner with CTA which we believe is important as we bring together startups from dozens of cities around the country. The goal? Create an amazing experience for startup founder, executives, and creatives to learn, while also bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and technologists from around the rest of the country and Silicon Valley. You can build a company anywhere, but you still need to know and understand this important community.
Registration opens today for this new event designed for tech companies at every stage. If you're reading this, you're part of the Tech.Co community and can access the early-bird registration for $199 until Aug. 9. Your registration includes access to all programming, breakfast and lunch Wednesday and Thursday, and evening parties including the Celebrate Startup of the Year competition. Register here.
We're excited about this joint effort to forge relationships between startups and larger organizations like never before. Firstly, it gives us a perfect platform for hosting our annual Startup of the Year competition – both the semifinals and finals. Secondly, we get to work with CTA, who also produces CES – the largest technology and innovation event in the country. The Startup of the Year application deadline is July 1, so if you're running a startup or know a startup that might be interested please have them apply here.
Unlike most other conferences, Innovate! and Celebrate offers more interactive opportunities to learn from others and build important connections. Going on local excursions together; having mentor sessions with the speakers and judges (rather than just listening to them from your seat); learning at workshops; and listening to world-class founders, investors and industry leaders, all lead to more than just a conference. This will be a truly memorable 3-day experience. If your company would like to get involved in this event please contact us here.
We'll be announcing more updates soon, including our first set of speakers, so stay tuned. In the meantime, register today to ensure a spot at this event – you won't want to miss it and space will be limited.