• Innovate Celebrate

    3-Day, Global Conference

    Celebrating Innovation and Entrepreneurship


    Innovate Celebrate, co-hosted by Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ & TechCo Media, is the premiere global conference celebrating corporate innovation and entrepreneurship, where the biggest names in tech intersect with the world's most cutting-edge startups.


    The event brings together tech companies – both small and large – and presents opportunities to partner, invest, collaborate or launch new products and services. We have an exciting three-day experience planned, filled with stellar keynotes, fireside chats, industry panels, mentor sessions, workshops, coaching and more. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a little fun with networking events and excursions.


    Coming Fall 2018!



  • 3-Day Experience

    What to Expect

    Keynotes, Fireside Chats, & Industry Panels

    Hear from trendsetters and industry experts as they lead conversations that will leave you inspired

    Don't miss our inspiring and captivating sessions - past sessions included topics, such as: 5 Innovation Trends To Watch; Funding, Partnerships; VR and How to Keep your Team Focused through Every Stage of Growth.

    6th Annual Startup of the Year Competition & Party

    Top 100 Startup Semifinalists, Food, & Cocktails

    Enjoy appetizers, drinks and networking while you meet the Top 100 semifinalist startups competing in the 6th Annual Startup of the Year Competition.

    Mentor Sessions

    1-on-1 meetings with high-profile investors, entrepreneurs, mentors, and startup experts

    Back by popular demand! Tech leaders and influencers in their respective areas of expertise will be offering a limited number of private 1:1 meetings with founders who wish to take a deep dive into the challenges facing their startup and gain valuable insight and advice to help build their business.

    Mentor Circles

    Small groups of attendees joined by mentors who will lead each session

    Tech leaders and influencers will be leading a limited number of private group Mentor Circles in their area of expertise. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain insight into specific challenges they are having within their business and receive valuable targeted advice for those issues.


    Exciting, fun-filled adventures in and around the San Francisco area

    Enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities in the area on the Monday of the conference, and get to know San Francisco! Everyone loves the opportunity to kick back with your fellow attendees in a relaxed environment.

  • 2017 Speakers, Judges, & Mentors

    Check back often for updates.

    Josh Walden

    Senior Vice President and General Manager, New Technology
    Group at Intel Corporation


    Charles "CJ" Prober

    Chief Operating Officer, GoPro


    Amy Jo Martin

    New York Times Bestselling Author, Founder/CEO, Angel Investor and Podcast Host


    Holly Liu

    Co-founder, Kabam


    Michael Hermus

    Chief Technology Officer for
    the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the
    Department of Homeland Security


    Kaijen Hsiao

    CTO, Mayfield Robotics


    Justin Fishkin

    Chief Strategy Officer, Local Motors


    David Wu

    General Partner, Maveron


    Portia Blunt

    Senior Digital Sport Innovation Manager, New Balance's Digital Sport Division


    Kara McGuire

    Advisory Leader, Iconoculture Consumer Insights


    Subhrangshu "Sub" Datta

    Chief Business Officer, Soft Robotics


    Brano Perkovich

    Chief Investment Officer, San Francisco 49ers and a Managing Partner, Aurum
    Partners LLC


    Angela Ruggiero

    Managing Director, Sports Innovation Lab


    Isaiah Kacyvenski

    Managing Director, Sports Innovation Lab


    Kira Blackwell

    iTech Program Executive & OCT Innovation Liaison, NASA


    Eric Bahn

    Co-founder and General Partner, Hustle Fund


    Jocelyn ​Ling Malan

    Principal, Incandescent


    Brandon Andrews

    Senior Consultant, Values Partnerships, and Casting Lead, Shark Tank


    Kyle Ashby

    Founder, StartupSB and The Sandbox


    Mayra Ceja

    Principal, Social Starts


    Gregory Borchardt

    Co-founder and Managing Partner, Caerus Ventures


    Andre Fowlkes

    President, Start Co


    Ben Parr

    Co-founder and CMO, Octane AI


    Cheryl Foil

    Principal Tech and Innovation, Kiddar Capital


    Christine Herron

    Managing Director, Intel Capital and Co-Lead, Intel Capital Diversity Fund


    Dave Ciaglo

    Director of Business Development, TradeHelm


    Gabriella Draney Zielke

    Co-founder and Partner, Tech Wildcatters


    Kate Drane

    Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware, Indiegogo


    Ilan Cohen

    Director of Hardware Outreach, Indiegogo


    Ashish Aggarwal

    Principal, Grishin Robotics


    Susan Cooney

    Founder and CEO, Givelocity


    Bambi Francisco

    Founder and CEO, Vator


    Matt Galligan

    Founder, The Picks & Shovels Co


    Jessica Alter

    Co-founder, Tech for Campaigns


    Becca Samson

    Marketing Manager, Google for Entrepreneurs


    Jeff O'Hara

    Founder, Edmodo


    Brian Gorbett

    Director, Microsoft for Startups | West


    Ximena Hartsock

    Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Phone2Action


    Erica Duignan-Minnihan

    Managing Partner,
    1000 Angels & Reign Ventures


    Frank Gruber

    Co-founder and CEO, TechCo Media


    Jose Morey, MD

    Senior Medical Scientist, IBM Watson Research and Medical Technology and Artificial Intelligence Adviser, NASA iTech


    Robert Heiblim


    BlueSalve Consulting & Interim Management



    Chris Heuer

    Creative Catalyst, AdHocnium


    Sara Hill

    SVP of Advanced Technologies, Enterprise Ireland Mountain View


    Eric Hsia

    Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital


    Michael Hughes

    Senior Director, Equity Crowdfunding, Indiegogo


    Jeff Joseph

    Senior Vice President of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, Consumer Technology Association


    Ed Gutman

    Product Management Consultant


    Ashley Juchawski, Esq.

    Startup Attorney, DLA Piper Global Law Firm


    Laura Kennedy

    VP Corporate Development, Techstars


    Steve Koenig

    Senior Director Market Research, Consumer Technology Association


    Thomas Knoll

    Executive Advisor & Business Coach, and the COO of Revelry Labs


    Brittany Laughlin

    Partner, Lattice Ventures


    Cheryl Delgreco

    Founder, Media Strategies


    Mara Lewis

    CEO and Co-founder, ID8 Innovation


    Marvin Liao

    Partner, 500 Startups


    Angela Leon

    Account Director, Airfoil Group


    Justin Kulla

    Founder and CEO, BusinessBlocks


    Don Loeb

    VP Corporate Development and Strategy, Techstars


    Eric Mathews

    Advisory Board Member, Global Accelerator Network and Founder, Start Co.


    Frank Parrotto

    COO, Matrix Advisors LLC

    Dr. Ray Muzyka

    Co-founder, BioWare


    Sanjai Marimadaiah

    Product Leader and Startup Advisor

    Chau Nguyen

    USPTO Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner


    Andrew Polay

    USPTO Primary Patent Examiner (currently on Outreach Detail, West Coast Regional Office)


    Jason Putorti

    UX Designer, Angel List


    Cyrus Radfar

    Founding Partner, V1


    Larry Richenstein

    Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, & Mentor


    David Robinson

    Vice President of Product Design, Yahoo and Oath


    Lesley Rohrbaugh

    Senior Manager of Market Research, Consumer Technology Association


    Paul Sabbah

    President and Founder, Stamford International Inc.


    Daliah Saper

    Founder, Saper Law Offices


    Josh Scherman

    Vice President, SurePath Capital Partners


    Gary Shapiro

    President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association


    Jeff ​Slobotski

    Founder​ and Managing Partner, Router Ventures


    George Stepancich

    CEO and Founder, Invisionate


    Tyler Suiters

    Vice President of Communications, Consumer Technology Association


  • Amazing Prizes

    The 2017 Startup of the Year Winner received an array of valuable products and services from TechCo's dense network of sponsors to contribute to the startup's continued success.


    Interested in Partnering or Sponsoring? Contact us.

    Prizes, Media Attention, & More

    In addition to prizes, such as American Airline business extra points, the winner will receive a special invitation to Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island, to network during the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC).


  • Past Startup of the Year Winners

    Oska Wellness

    2017 TechCo Startup of the Year

    Carlsbad, CA

    Oska Wellness, a health-tech, wearable pain relief device. It puts the power of optimized PEMF in the palm of your hand so you can enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle—and get back to the things you love most in life.




    2016 TechCo Startup of the Year

    McKinney, TX


    Connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis, allowing salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory.


    2015 TechCo Startup of the Year

    San Francisco, CA


    A blind recruiting app that facilitates job matching based on merit, not molds.


    2014 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Hampton, VA


    Eliminating the cost and logistics associated with changing batteries in remotely located sensors. 


    2013 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Boston, MA


    The first ever operating system for employee benefits. Maxwell simplifies benefits, reduces costs, and improves employee health. Maxwell Health has gone on to raise over 69 million dollars in funding.


  • Consumer Technology Association

    The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies -- 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands -- enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships.


    CTA also owns and produces CES® -- the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

    TechCo Media

    TechCo is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired.


    TechCo dedicates itself to covering news, spotlighting up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in cities across the globe.

  • Innovate Celebrate in the Press!

    “(one of the...) The Best Organizations For Entrepreneurs”

    ~ Forbes


    “(TechCo)…has served as a launching point for hundreds, if not thousands, of start-ups.”

    ~ Washington Post


    “(TechCo is)…one of the countries most recognized organizations for startups and emerging technology”

    ~ Fox News


    “(Celebrate is the place for the)…biggest leaders in tech and early stage companies”

    ~ CBS/WUSA9

    “(TechCo events)...attract start-uppers, marketing and PR types... investors; it's usually a crowd large enough to arouse the interest of the fire marshal.”

    ~ Boston Globe

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