AIA to launch startup competition at US Vision show

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The North American machine vision association, the AIA, has announced a call for companies looking to participate in its startup competition at the Vision show in Boston.

The competition, to be held during the US machine vision event that takes place from 3 to 5 May, will see 8 semi-finalists pitch their imaging technology to a panel of investors and vision experts for $10,000 prize money.

Eligible companies should be using vision and imaging in their products in an innovative way, have been around for five years or less, raised less than US $2 million since launching, and not be affiliated with a larger group. The contestants will have five minutes to pitch their technology to the panel.

‘We recognise the critical role of startups in driving innovation and bringing forth new technologies to foster continued growth in the vision and imaging industry,’ said Jeff Burnstein, president of AIA. ‘We encourage them to take advantage of this opportunity to spread awareness and take their company to the next level.’

All semi-finalists will be provided booth space at the Vision show, putting them in front of an expected audience of more than 3,000 people interested in vision and imaging technology.

The deadline for applications is 7 April.

Less than two months later, from 21 to 24 June, the Automatica trade fair in Munich, Germany will run its Startup World initiative for automation startup companies no older than five years. The platform includes an award in two categories: service robotics and industry automation.

Entries must involve market-ready products or prototypes that are currently (or very nearly) in the market launch phase. Contestants can register until 2 May at www.start-up.world

Further information:

Application form

The Vision show

Automatica 

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