If you haven't booked any TC3 Matchmaker meetings at this time, you can start your day with breakfast and made-to-order coffee while you begin exploring the 40 new products in the Demo Pavilion. If you have an exciting new technology to show off please be sure to register for the Demo Pavilion Package.
Before you jump into today's parade of innovation from startups and vendors, your matchmaker meetings, the Demo Pavilion and this evening's SPIFFY Awards Cocktail, we will set the stage so we all have a solid understanding of the current booming market for telecom innovation.
Telecom Council's Investor Forum meets quarterly and reviews 100+ early stage startups who need funding to take their product or service to the next level of being network-ready and carrier-grade. In today's Investor Forum session, our Investor Panel review 6 investment-ready companies each of whom has 5 minutes to convince these Corporate VCs they should followup. This panel will give you an inside look at what telecom investors are looking for and how they interact with young companies.
Check your attendee list to put the TC3 Summit to work for you. Be sure to stop by the Demo Pavilion to get your hands on some of the hottest new ideas in telecom.
Like it or not, much of the innovation created in Silicon Valley is bounded and guided by the regulatory environment. It’s very important for startups and larger vendors to be in tune with DC and the FCC in particular, because compliance is a lot cheaper than finding yourself in a courtroom. This session gives you an update on current FCC rulings, leanings, and NPRMs, and how they affect you.
Arthur D. Little jointly with Match-Maker Ventures and the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley will present the results of a global study among telecom executives, startups as well as investors highlighting "where to play“ and "what it takes“ in the innovation quest. With the ever increasing dynamism in the telecommunications industry, there certainly is no short-falling of opportunities, but the challenge lies in identifying the "right“ domain and the "right" approach. In today’s interconnected world, this often refers to partnering that may be either with established companies and/ or with startups.
The study provides a truly global view on these questions and highlights the innovation heat map from startup and corporate perspective, the "collaborate vs. disrupt grid" as well as learning from case studies leading to recommendations to stay relevant. The research is based on an online questionnaire, 1:1 interviews, detailed financial and case study analysis as well as the combined experience from the three authors.
TC3 is all about partnerships between startups and big companies, in particular carrier connections. This panel will give us insight from growing companies that have graduated their startup phase. We’ll hear their partnering success stories, what made them successful, and challenges to avoid.
Incubators and accelerators are popping up across many industries, including communications. Our panel will share why their corporate accelerators and incubators were started, how they are judged, and what makes a successful external innovation program.
Vendors are often a better path to market than working with operators. Though that may be counter-intuitive to a startup who wants to strike a carrier deal, it is often the case that (when the technology interacts with their existing hardware) the operators require the startup to work with their equipment vendor anyways. A vendor partnership also has the potential to take the startup to multiple carriers, leveraging the large established sales force of the vendor. In this session, telecom vendors will give young companies some inside information on getting deals with the vendors as a path to their end market.
2016 SPIFFY Awards
Of the 100+ early-stage companies who presented to the Telecom Council over the past year, our 2016 SPIFFY nominees stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council's global Service Providers. These Service Providers present their annual SPIFFY Awards to recognize the amazing innovations coming out of early-stage companies around the world.
List of SPIFFY Alumni Here
Time to unwind. Join us for cocktails, relax…or, track down that interesting startup you heard from earlier in the day.
Every year at TC3, fixed and wireless carriers from every corner of the world reach out to the community of entrepreneurs and innovators with lists of what they are looking for and what they hope that community will build. Before we get into their "innovation menus" today, our analyst will review what they asked for last year so we can quantify the progress the telecom industry is making.
Hear from Saudi Telecom about their external innovation focuses for the next year. They will present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.
Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year - to market their innovation programs to the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.
Hear from global carriers about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.
Hear from PLDT about their external innovation focuses for the next year. Carriers present to market their innovation programs throughout the ecosystem, to attract entrepreneurs and developers, and to open the door to new products and services that will benefit their networks and subscribers.
The Telecom Council works with over 50 carriers each year as they reach into the entrepreneurial community to collaborate on bringing new products and services to the consumer. This panel brings together some of the carriers who haven't spoken yet today so they can tell you what innovations they are looking for from you, what tools they have to support innovators and developers, and how you should bring your idea to them when you are network-ready.
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