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Startup Elevate

Connect your start-up with industry and investment

Startup Elevate, formerly Project Kairos, is an exclusive startup program and community bringing together select investors and some of the most innovative startups on the tech scene!


  • Network with thought leaders, other innovative startups, leading solution providers, and top media and investment communities
  • Meet with investors who have indicated a prior interest in your business through special introductions
  • Apply to boost your exposure in our pitchoff competition for a chance to take home the coveted ‘Innovation of Things Award’
  • Showcase your product and/or services and highlight potential opportunities for collaboration
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs, C-level employees, and investors during our Startup Academy
  • Get your startup listed on Crunchbase
  • Connect with new, high potential startups from across the globe
  • Meet with future partners and thought leaders in your areas of interest
  • Discover the newest tech shaking up the market
  • Speak during Startup Academy
  • Take part in the investor panel judging the pitchoff
Partners & Sponsors
  • Opportunity to align your organization with a global startup program and join a thriving entrepreneurial community
  • Position your company as an organization leading the way in fostering, supporting and developing tech entrepreneurs and startups
  • Utilize our platform and extensive reach to launch specific startup initiatives and communicate your message across our global networks 
  • Promote the scalability and internationalization of startups already affiliated with your organization

What do I get access to when I join?

Showcase at Startup City

Positioned at the heart of the show floor, Startup City is the hub of the Internet of Things World & Connected & Autonomous Vehicle's expo, which attracts a world-class audience of industry decision makers.

The Startup City itself will buzz with activity, including hosting pitch competitions and the Investor Lounge. Startups will exhibit and demo in this exciting environment at their own branded pod.

Innovation of Things Award

All startups joining the Startup Elevate program are entered into our pitchoff competition, taking place on Startup City Stage. 

Companies will showcase their business in front of our panels, comprised of industry experts and investors, with a chance of winning our coveted ‘Innovation of Things Award’. 

Actionable feedback will be given during a Q&A session at the end of each pitch.

Founder's Day

One of the key initiatives behind Startup Elevate is to deliver high quality, engaging content for startups focused on entrepreneurship skills. 

Founder's Day runs workshops hosted by experienced investors, startup accelerators, and successful entrepreneurs. This part of the program seeks to deliver actionable advice on how to maximize a startup’s success.

Crunchbase Listing

With over 2 million monthly views, Crunchbase is the premier startup database. Connected & Autonomous Vehicles has partnered with the website to provide all our startups with a listing on the site for additional exposure 365 days a year.

AWS web credits*.

When you take part in Startup Elevate, you also unlock access to $10k in AWS web credits*.

* Terms and conditions apply

Get access to our conference

Whether you want to boost your  knowledge on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and IoT, network with the who's who of the Automotive and IoT World or just get an intro into all the different industries that IoT is revolutionizing. Our conference is the most comprehensive on the market and our startup packs provide you with 2 valued at over $6k!

Who will be there?

Tech Professionals

Startup City Floorplan

Startup City will take place May 15th & 16th. Click the button below to view the Expo Hall Floorplan.