October 10, 2017
The #IMEXpitch is a competition for startup companies to pitch their event technology products to meetings and events industry professionals.
The competition allows event technology startups to showcase their products at no cost to our audience of event professionals. Our judging panel of event technology experts shortlists five finalists to compete in a live head-to-head pitch during the show at the Inspiration Hub. The winner is chosen on the day in front of our live audience after all five five-minute pitches and receives free exhibition space in the Technology Pavilion at next year's show as well as media support and PR coverage. Products are judged on their practicality, their innovative use of technology, their ease of implementation, user adoption to date, how they stand out from other event tech, the quality of their commercial strategy as well as the pitch presentation for the final.
We welcome applications from anyone developing an event-related technology product. The product must have been available in the market for no longer than two years and all applications must be received via our official application form. The form will be available on this page when applications are being accepted.
The judging panel assess each product on the following criteria: practical use of product, innovative use of technology, ease of implementation, commercial strategy, user adoption to date, difference to other products in the market and the quality of pitch (only applies to the finalists onsite).
Our judges work with event technology on a daily basis and are always exploring the latest developments. The judges are part of both the finalist selection process and will be on site at the #IMEXpitch final to select the winner.
The winning product receives a free of charge exhibition space at the Technology Pavilion for the following year in addition to significant media coverage.
The past winners of the IMEXpitch (previously referred to as the IMEX Event Technology Startup Competition) are Speecheo (IMEX America 2014), InitLive (IMEX 2015), Loopd (IMEX America 2015), eventbaxx (IMEX 2016) and Grip (IMEX America 2016). This IMEX blog post has more information about the winners.