CES Recap | Meet the Startups, Award Winners, Relive Panels, Pitch Competitions, and More

Mitchell Cuevas
Jan 24, 2016 · Unlisted

Several years ago the show outgrew the massive Las Vegas Convention Center and started using part of the Sands Expo Center several blocks away. They called it Eureka Park and made the exhibit space less expensive in a bid to attract startups to the show. It worked. And it’s bigger than ever with startups filling both levels of the Sands.

CES is now a startup show.


Eureka Park

All things startup at CES

Eureka Park at CES was the hub of all things startup. Within Eureka Park, we hosted Startup Stage and provided a rallying point for entrepreneurs looking to connect, learn, and even compete. During the week we worked with partners like Indiegogo, Magna, Instacart, Pandora, Ford, and more to bring panels, discussions, and pitch competitions to the stage (which was often standing room only).

Look for the audio below!

In addition to the activities at Startup Stage, there were also a number of Techstars companies, alumni, and some teams representing Techstars Startup Programs, too! We’ve put together an overview of all the teams below.

Startup Stage

Panels, pitches, and a whole lot of fun.

Pitch Competitions

Learn about the awesome teams that participated in our daily Pitch Competitions.

Day 1: Mobility and Transportation

Winner: SMARTwheel — Recap and more information about SMARTwheel

Day 2: Internet of Things and Wearables

Winner: Sphericam — Recap and more information about Sphericam

Day 3: Lifestyle and Digital Health

Winner: Nervana — Recap and more information about Nervana and RecMed


Meet some of the lovely startup people in and around Eureka Park

Panels and Discussions

Indiegogo Presents: Crowdfunding: Changing the Way Products are Launched

Panelists: Kate Drane, Renee Diresta, Klever Freire, Kaitlyn Witman

Panel: Connectivity On The Move

Panelists: Ted Serbinski — Techstars, Jake Sigal, Dave Pascoe, Rob Smithson, Ken Washington — Ford

A Founder’s Journey: From An Idea to Techstars to Star Wars

Presenters: Cody Simms — MD Techstars, Ian Bernstein — Sphero, Adam Wilson — Sphero

Changing the Game: Diversity in Tech

Nicole Glaros — Techstars, Brad Mclain, Porter Brasswell, Anita Stokes, Mathew Caldwell

Panel: Fundraising, From Angel to Series A

Anjula Bath — Trinity Ventures, Jenny Fielding — Techstars, Adam D’Augeli — True Ventures, Rohan Oza — Idea Merchants Ventures & investor in Vitaminwater, Nihal Metha — ENIAC Ventures

Panel: What’s Next?

Jenny Fielding — Techstars, Rodney Williams, Eric Jennings, Dan Bladen, Dipul Patel, Jacqueline Ros

Panel: Finding Your Path To Market — From Direct To Distribution

John Vaskis — indiegogo, Axentwear, Ryan Broshar — Techstars + Target, Kate Whitcomb — Target, Scott Shillington, Matthew Lloyd

Startup Culture: Beyond Ping-Pong Tables

Jeff Joerling, Sara Hill, Danielle Jenkins, Lisa Seymour

Panel: Digital Health

Omkar Kulkarni — Cedars-Sinai, Matt Kozlov — Techstars

Techstars Award Winners

Meet the companies that took home some serious hardware and bragging rights.


  • Best Startup of 2016, Engadget
  • CES 2016 Innovation Honoree


  • Top 3 placement in Richard Branson’s Extreme Tech Challenge (aka they’re headed to Necker Island!
  • Best Wearable Tech, Techradar
  • Cutest overall product, everyone who saw BB-8

Sphero interviewed by The Verge at CES

Gamechangers | What Is Your Game and How Are You Changing It?

Meet the teams that helped establish Eureka Park as the cutting edge of CES 2016 and even some who brought their startup star power to the main floor.

Click to see how Techstars teams from CES are changing their game

The Booths

Proudly representing their (very busy) booths!

Ford Mobility

“Techstars Mobility, a mentorship-driven accelerator program, launched in 2015 to focus on next-generation mobility and transportation solutions. The program is managed by Techstars, which was launched in 2007 and has accelerated 660 companies that have raised $5 billion.”

Learn more

Ford hosted Techstars and companies from the Techstars Mobility Accelerator class of 2015 in their booth on the main floor all week.

“Techstars Mobility’s focus on Ford Smart Mobility stems from the vision of company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who has led the charge to bring attention to the potential long-term consequences of growing gridlock worldwide.

The consortium includes several other global corporations, including Magna International, Verizon, Dana, Honda, McDonald’s, Munich Re and Michelin. Each is contributing program funding and mentorship support.

The 2015 class included 10 startups that raised more than $3 million since completing the program. Seven of the companies are establishing a presence in metro Detroit to advance their innovations”

CES 2017

We’ll be back next year, will you?



Mitchell Cuevas

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Startups, Marketing, #Martech, Marketing and Community at @Blockstack

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