TIA Venture Network Challenge

TIA Venture Network Challenge


Innovators, Technologist and Entrepreneurs Enter Today to Win $10,000 in Funding

The TIA Venture Network Challenge assists entrepreneurs and technologists with products and services relevant to the information communication technology (ICT) industries with the resources needed to launch innovative and successful companies.  As the pace of innovation in the ICT industry is moving rapidly, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Dow Chemical, and the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) want to find, fund and foster those companies that are pushing the benchmark of innovation with products and services that address the ICT industry’s most urgent needs.

Participants will range from late-stage pre-revenue companies to established post-revenue companies of $10M or less that are delivering products or services relevant to the ICT industries.  While any start-up company may apply, only 10 presentations will be selected.  Each applicant's product, service or innovation must be applicable to the ICT industry, including, but not limited to, the material sciences, voice, messaging, collaboration, data, mobility, applications on the network, and cyber security.

Applicants selected as finalist will receive a 10-minute time slot on stage at the TIA 2012 Theater where they will be able to present their innovation before a panel of judges consisting of telecom industry leaders and venture capitalists.  Judges will announce the top three presentations and the winner on Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2012, on the TIA Exhibition Floor.  The selected winner of the TIA Venture Network Challenge will receive $10,000 from Dow Chemical and a video spotlight on TIA’s web channel, TIA Now.

TIA Venture Network Challenge Prizes

First Place: $10,000, plus video spotlight on TIA Now

Second Place: $5,000

Third Place: $2,500


12:00 - 12:10 pm - Opening Remarks
12:10 – 1:00 pm – Presentations
1:00 – 1:10 pm – Break / Judges Deliberation
1:10 - 2:00 pm - Presentations
2:00 - 2:10 pm - Break / Judges Deliberation
2:10 – 2:30 pm – Top 3 & Award Ceremony

Panelist Judges:

  • Dirk Zinkweg, Dow Chemical
  • Jason Collins, Alcatel-Lucent
  • Joseph Harar, Telecommunications Development Fund (TDF)
  • Paul Nichols, Cirasys
  • Paul Peck, End of Restrictions


12:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Thursday, June 7 on the TIA 2012 Exhibition Floor at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas.

To Apply: The deadline for application has passed.

Questions? Please contact Jeff Hannah, TIA at 703.907.7582 or jhannah@tiaonline.org.