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NPE2015 PROGRAM WILL TAKE PLASTICS STARTUPS ‘OUT OF THE GARAGE’ AND INTO THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

In a Partnership between SPI and Startup.Directory, the NPE2015 Startup Garage Will Enable New Companies to Showcase Their Capabilities before 60,000 Attendees

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., October 27, 2014: For plastics startup companies seeking an opportunity to show the industry what they have to offer, there could be no better stage than NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase.

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE, will provide such an opportunity in a new program called the NPE2015 Startup Garage. In partnership with the new-venture tracking firm Startup.Directory, SPI will provide twelve startups with prominently located exhibit stations at the show, which will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The twelve 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 November 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.”

“The NPE2015 Startup Garage is an unprecedented opportunity for startup companies with connections to the plastics industry,” said Gerard Eldering, founder of Startup.Directory. “Participants will be meeting hundreds of potential buyers, investors, distributors and strategic partners, all in one location,”

For more information on the NPE2015 Startup Garage, contact Gerard Eldering of Startup.Directory at Gerard@innovatetech.com.

Startup.Directory is an online database of more than 2,500 tech startups from 300+ research institutions, including universities and technology incubators. The database is used by venture capitalists and other investors, university tech transfer professionals, business development managers, and trade association executives who want to find early-stage research spinouts. It is published by InnovateTech Ventures, Inc., a venture creation firm focused on university technology commercialization. For more information, visit www.startup.directory.

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NPE: The International Plastics Showcase is a triennial exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, including a world-scale trade show and multiple educational programs. The trade show portion will include 2,000 exhibitors on over one million sq.ft. (93,000 sq.m) of space. NPE2015 will host over 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Visit www.npe.org.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.