EDUCAUSE Annual Conference Emerging Tech Experience

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EDUCAUSE is here to help emerging technology companies gain exposure for their solutions with our community of higher education technology leaders.

One way we can help you do so is through the Emerging Tech Experience at the 2024 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference.

If you have a technology solution that addresses core issues in higher education, the Emerging Tech Experience is an excellent way to engage with decision-makers, develop strategic connections, receive targeted feedback on your products and services, and build awareness of your emerging company.

Applications are now open. Learn more about this opportunity below and submit your application by July 31.



How to Participate

Participation in the Emerging Tech Experience is open to companies that provide higher education technology solutions. Your company must:

  • Have been in business for five years or less
  • Earn less than $5M in revenue
  • Employ 30 staff members or less
  • Have a technology readiness level of 6 or higher

Interested? Please complete an application by July 31. EDUCAUSE will review all applications to ensure participating companies meet the experience requirements, and will notify those accepted in August.

Has your company previously participated in the Emerging Tech Experience (a.k.a the Emerging Tech Zone)?
If so, an application is not required. Companies who meet the criteria above can participate in the Emerging Tech Experience for up to five years. If your company has previously been a part of this experience and is interested in joining us again, please contact our corporate team for next steps.

What's In It for You?

  • Brand exposure with potential customers and investors.
  • An opportunity to make strategic connections and gather product feedback from experts in the community.
  • A unique display space* at a reduced cost in one of three new areas within the EDUCAUSE Commons (aka Exhibit Hall) that best reflect your product and service: Enterprise Strategy, Infrastructure, and Support; Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Risk Management; and Teaching and Learning.
  • A 30-minute mentoring opportunity with an industry/higher education professional during the in-person experience.
  • An opportunity to spotlight your product or service in a 10-minute presentation during the in-person experience.
  • One complimentary exhibit staff registration and one complimentary full-conference registration for access to the complete conference experience.
  • Entrance to the networking reception in the EDUCAUSE Commons (a.k.a the Exhibit Hall) on Tuesday, October 22, where you can mingle with attendees over food and drink.
Emerging Tech Zone display example: Table, backboard and chair
* Example display space. This example is a close representation of the final product. Final structure may change.

"[We] met potential new investors and technical partners [at the conference], who we met with again immediately following the event. The ability to get together in person with the edtech community and potential higher ed clients from across the world has been incredibly valuable. Thank you, EDUCAUSE, for creating this remarkable opportunity!"

—Ken Beitel, Co-Founder and CEO, WildFlower Education


Opportunity Price*
Emerging Tech Experience Participation $2,000 member**
$3,200 nonmember

Pricing includes a display space, electricity, wireless access, one exhibit staff registration and one full-conference registration, mentoring and presentation opportunities, and a listing in the online exhibitor directory.

** EDUCAUSE Membership

EDUCAUSE members receive special pricing on all of our events, sponsorships, exhibits, and more. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

Key Dates

Emerging Tech Experience Application Open June 3
Emerging Tech Experience Application Close July 31
Applicants Notified Week of August 5
In-Person Event | San Antonio, TX October 21–24
Exhibiting Dates October 22–23
Online Event November 13–14

2023 Participants

Know of an emerging tech company who could benefit?
If you know of a company who could benefit from participating in the Emerging Tech Experience or if you are with an institution that hosts an incubator program for emerging tech companies, please share this opportunity.