April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Reasons to Attend AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

The Spot for Cutting-Edge Education

XPONENTIAL 2018 offers a broad-based, balanced educational program brimming with cutting-edge content and inspirational insights—from policy implications and technical challenges to use cases across vertical markets and everything in between.

The Spot for an Interactive Experience

Check out all of the show features designed to shape your XPONENTIAL experience:

Startup Showdown

What is the Startup Showdown?

The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. We are seeking early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.


Application and Selection Process

The application period has closed. Submissions are being reviewed by our expert panel of judges, and all applicants will be notified of their status in mid-March.

Competing at XPONENTIAL

Five finalists will be invited to attend XPONENTIAL 2018 and participate in the Startup Showdown on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

During the Startup Showdown Final Round, finalists will have six minutes each to pitch their business to the panel, and will then have a six-minute live question and answer session with the judges. The Startup Showdown will be held in the Solutions Theater in the XPO Hall. All XPONENTIAL 2018 attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend.


Meet the Panelists

Nir Tel-Oren
Nir Tel-oren
Israel Aerospace Industries
Gareth Keane
Gareth Keane
Qualcomm Ventures
Jon Rubin
Jon Rubin
Westbury Group

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Participant Criteria

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Early-stage startup approaching Series A round or between Series A and Series B
  • Product or service offering should aim to enhance unmanned systems technologies and processes in a unique or distinctive way
  • Demonstrate clear growth potential and scalable investment opportunities

Finalist Perks

Finalists will receive the following:

  • One (1) XPO Hall Pass, in addition to the XPO Hall Pass granted to all applicants
  • Logo recognition on the XPONENTIAL Startup Showdown webpage
  • Logo recognition in the XPONENTIAL onsite guide adjacent to the StartUp Showdown program description

Grand Prize

The Startup Showdown winner will receive a grand prize worth $35,000 and includes:

  • One year's Startup membership to AUVSI
  • One (1) 10’x10’ booth at a future AUVSI event of your choice
  • One (1) General Sponsorship at a future AUVSI event of your choice
  • Two (2) VIP or highest-level passes for a future AUVSI event of your choice
  • One (1) full-page ad in show guide for a future AUVSI event of choice
  • Two (2) full page ads in Unmanned Systems Magazine
  • Sponsorship of one (1) custom webinar
  • Two months of advertising on
  • One-year subscription to AUVSI's Unmanned Systems & Robotics Database