Innovation Showcase

As the leading professional organization in educational technology, the Software and Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Division (ETIN) is proud to formally announce Innovation Showcase 2.0.

Since 2006, SIIA has offered a platform for dozens of successful products and companies to present their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. Given our 14 year history in providing opportunities for innovators, we are refreshing and launching Innovation Showcase 2.0!

Innovation Showcase 2.0 identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring innovative learning technologies to the education market. ETIN looks at the Innovation Showcase 2.0 as our chance to give back to both the industry and the participants, who are aspiring EdTech entrepreneurs. 

Innovation Showcase 2.0 goes beyond a typical accelerator or incubator boot camp for startups, and helps to establish all participants as future leaders in this market, directly connecting them to industry stalwarts, experts and decision makers with a vast array of expertise, resources, and guidance to share.

Innovation Showcase offers the best of both worlds for education entrepreneurs: a chance to highlight their vision of tomorrow's innovation and an opportunity to rub shoulders with the most influential community of practitioners from the classroom, administration and policy circles."

Ilya Zeldin

Are You...

  • a young EdTech company that has entered the market with a new product, 
  • a research and development group located in an academic or non-profit institution, or
  • an education development group funded by governmental agencies?

Do You Have...

  • a new product or service that’s innovative and unlike any other on the market or
  • a digital solution that meets the evolving needs of students, teachers, and administrators?

Why Participate?

  • This program provides one-on-one access to industry leaders for expert advice, mentorship, and unique opportunities to connect with prospective partners for growth.
  • Your product will be reviewed by industry and education leaders – providing access to prospective partners and their feedback.
  • To receive an industry level award acknowledging and validating your position as an up and coming EdTech solution.
  • To take advantage of the valuable resources that come along with program participation.

What this program includes: (Total Value >$10,000)

  • Participation in the One-to-One Business Connections meetings with the opportunity to make short pitches to publishers, technology company leaders, investment firms and/or education decision makers that most closely fit your strategic objectives.
  • Direct feedback from educators at the EdTech Industry Conference (CTO, CAO, Assistant Supt., or Supt.)
  • Free coaching by industry mentor for 5 months (April-August 2020)
  • One (1) free Registration to the EdTech Industry Conference and CODiE Awards May 18-19, 2020, San Francisco
    • You can register for others from your team to attend the event at the early bird member pricing
  • Exclusive student data privacy webinar by Sara Kloek, Director of Education Policy, Programs and Student Privacy
  • A year membership to SIIA (~$995)
  • FREE Exhibit Table at the EdTech Industry Conference and CODiE Awards Opening Reception 
  • Recognition by SIIA via Press Releases and pre-marketing for the EdTech Industry Conference and CODiE Awards
  • Winners will receive additional perks provided by key ETIN members, including a FREE edWebinar, FREE podcast with Education Talk Radio, FREE AC&E Online Journal article, and an SIIA blog post. 
  • Use of the SIIA Innovation Showcase 2.0 digital badge on their website and in marketing collateral, presentations, etc.

SIIA's Innovation Showcase 2.0 program is unique in that it both employs a peer review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products, and that those peers - successful industry leaders - provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

Qualifying companies:

  1. Have a functional website
  2. Fully reviewable, finished product
  3. A product developed in the past 3 years
  4. Fee of $2,000 if you are a finalist.

Your Next Steps

  1. If qualified, submit application by March 27, 2020 midnight ET.
  2. Participate in an online orientation
  3. Register to attend the conference May 18-19,2020, San Francisco

Interested in sponsorship? Contact Jill Abbott for more information.