AIA Launches Startup Competition

AIA, the world’s largest trade association for advancing vision and imaging, announced today the call for companies looking to participate in its startup competition at The Vision Show.

(Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - March 17, 2016) - AIA, the world's largest trade association for advancing vision and imaging, announced today the call for companies looking to participate in its startup competition at The Vision Show. Companies interested in submitting an application should be utilizing vision and imaging in innovative ways. The contest will be held in the theatre on the floor of The Vision Show.

Vision and imaging technologies are being used more today than ever before in areas such as robotics, military, security, drones, life sciences, consumer devices, and more. Recently, there has been a groundswell of startup companies introducing new products that leverage vision technology. The Vision Show Startup Competition seeks out these startups to generate awareness of their unique solutions.
"We recognize 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."
The Details
Eight semi-finalists will have five minutes to pitch their technology to a panel of investors and vision experts, where they will compete for a grand prize of $10,000. Eligible companies should be leveraging 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. All semi-finalists will be provided booth space on The Vision Show floor, putting them in front of an expected audience of more than 3,000 people interested in vision and imaging technology.

To apply for The Vision Show Startup Competition, fill out the form here or visit our web page. Deadline for applications is April 7, 2016.

About AIA
Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 330 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (May 3-5, 2016 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (April 3-6, 2017 in Chicago); the annual AIA Business Conference (January 18-20, 2017 in Orlando); the Certified Vision Professional program; AIA Certified System Integrator program; and Vision Online, the world's leading online resource for vision information. AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation. For more information on AIA, visit Vision Online or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent some 900 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward.

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