SPI, the producer of the triennial NPE, has launched a new program called the NPE2015 Startup Garage. In partnership with the new-venture tracking firm Startup.Directory, SPI will provide 12 startups with prominently located exhibit stations at the show, which will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, FL. The 12 will be selected by NPE2015 show management and Startup.Directory from among the companies responding to a call for applications now being issued by SPI at www.npe.org/startup-garage-npe2015.
An online application form must be submitted by Nov. 21, 2014. To be eligible, a company cannot have had any commercially available products or services prior to January 1, 2013 and must provide solutions to firms manufacturing plastics or using plastics as a material within their product.
The NPE2015 Startup Garage reflects the proliferation of new ventures in today's rapidly evolving marketplace, according to Brad Williams, SPI's director of trade show sales and marketing. "NPE represents the entire plastics supply chain, from suppliers to processors to brand owners and OEMs, including all of the leading established companies in the industry," he said. "We have created the NPE2015 Startup Garage to ensure the inclusion of new ventures, whose innovative approaches will further the growth of our industry and benefit the companies in it."