ShowStoppers LaunchIt at CES 2017 is the only curated pitch award event for young innovative and disruptive start-ups and entrepreneurial companies exhibiting in the Eureka Park TechZone in CES 2017.  Eureka Park is a must-visit showcase destination at CES for anyone looking to see transformative new products, services, apps and revenue models.

ShowStoppers LaunchIt is about giving innovative entrepreneurs a shot at getting the attention of angel investors on the lookout for innovation and new ventures.  It’s also about gaining additional visibility with other industry influencers and dealmakers, as well as with the press who are always looking for the ‘what’s new’ story at CES.

The New York Angels (http://www.newyorkangels.com) is coordinating support for ShowStoppers LaunchIt.  This group is one of the largest and oldest angel investing groups.  It’s committed to identifying, funding and mentoring great young companies – from pitch preparation and pitch through exit.

The companies selected to pitch at ShowStoppers LaunchIt will be chosen based on investment criteria such as potential market opportunity, defensible innovative edge, risk, realistic financial model, management team, scalability, and exit strategy.

Get a shot at funding and other prizes plus ….

  • Pitch preparation for each selected company from former Accenture CEO and a venture capital partner, McAdory Lipscomb Jr.
  • The winning company will also receive complementary exhibit space at the ShowStoppers @ CES press reception that takes place Tuesday, January 6 from 6 – 10 pm at the Wynn Hotel.  This annual showcase delivers more than 1500 members of the media and other influencers.
  • One day of consulting services from MSIPR, a technology public relations agency

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How does it work

Very  Simple:
Interested companies apply through this Gust – the Global Platform For Startup Funding featuring the Largest Collection Of Investors!

A panel of experienced Angel investors, venture capitalists and selected journalists (organized by the New York Angels) will pre-screen the company submissions.

ShowStoppers LaunchIt judges will select 12 companies from the more than 300 innovative and entrepreneurial startups that will exhibit in Eureka Park, a TechZone at CES 2017.

Every selected company gets 4-minutes to pitch to the audience and a panel of judges, that includes VCs, analysts, press and others.  A brief Q/A period follows each pitch.

Who Are the Judges

Mr. Lawrence Richenstein
also known as Larry, is the Founder of Unwired Technology, LLC. Since May 1996, Mr. Richenstein has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peak Ventures Inc. Mr. Richenstein has been a Managing Member of Long Hall Technologies LLC since 1994. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Unwired Technology LLC. Mr. Richenstein serves as the Chairman of the Board of Unwired Technology LLC. Mr. Richenstein is an EntrepreneurChairman
CEA Foundation
January 2011 – Present (5
years)2010The CEA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association. It was established with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives.
Andy White
Vegas Tech Fund, a seed stage investment fund that focuses on investing in founders and startups that solve huge problems — and who are committed to building a vibrant, connected tech community in downtown Las Vegas.
We see an opportunity to create a City as an incubator and aim to invest in companies who share that vision and want to build on it.
mark_brennan_headshot Mark H. Brennan
Principal at Brennan Capital Partners — and an entrepreneurial consultant who specializes in providing both strategic & operations management consulting services to client companies.
Client companies are typically seed/early stage ventures located in the southwest region of the US.Often takes an equity position in the client company in addition to fees to more closely align interests with outcomes. Active entrepreneur & private equity/angel investor since 1994. Have personally founded and operated several companies since 1994 and have experienced successful exits.
ian-mcneil-headshot Ian McNeil
Cofounder of Brennan Capital Partners, with a long history in finance and entrepreneurship. He has been a financier and operator in multiple industries. Ian has built several startups and understands the risks entrepreneurs face, the courage it takes to start a new venture and the process of growing a successful organization.His passion for young businesses, growth opportunities and helping entrepreneurs succeed has paved the way for many years of success in early stage ventures and investment management.
robert_scoble Robert Scoble

Mr. Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his now-defunct blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft.

He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43 promoting breakthrough technology and startups. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger.


Nothing.  There is no application fee, and no fee to the companies selected to pitch.
The only prerequisite is that you are an exhibitor in the Eureka Park TechZone at CES 2017.

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Applications are now closed
Good luck to all applicants
Notification of winners will be made no later than 12/24/2015

Our Supporters

Contact Us

David Leon
Partner – ShowStoppers
Tel: +1 845 638 3527
Cell +1 845 821 6123
Lauren Merel
Sales Associate
Cell +1 908-692-6068

About ShowStoppers

ShowStoppers is the global leader in press and business events, spanning the United States, Europe and Asia for more than 23 years.

It produces events that bring together select journalists, bloggers, media influencers, industry and financial analysts, venture capitalists and business executives — for press conferences, product introductions, sneak previews, hands-on product demonstrations and strategic dealmaking.

It also facilitates company launches and pitch programs for start-ups, and more.

ShowStoppers produces the official press events at CE Week, IFA, Israel Dealmakers Summit, and NAB — and is an official partner of CTA, the Consumer Technology Association.

Event Details

ShowStoppers Launch @ CES


4 Jan. 2017
2:30 – 4:30  pm

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Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas
Palm Ballroom