Innovation Entrepreneur Awards

CEA’s inaugural Innovation Entrepreneur Awards (IEA) program, sponsored by It Is Innovation (i3) magazine and the Small Business Council (SBC) recognized the contributions of one executive and two small companies in the CE industry that innovate to grow their businesses and also excel in community outreach at the Industry Forum member luncheon. Participation is limited to CE companies with annual domestic revenue under $30 million.

The winners are GrandCare Systems, ecoATM and Sandy Gross. EcoATM was founded in 2008 by Tom Tullie as an automated eCycling Station for eWaste recycling. Its automated kiosk buys back used CE products like cell phones and provides cash or an in-store credit. GrandCare Systems integrates daily activities into a touch-based system for seniors. Charlie Hillman originally created the system to help his great-aunt live independently. Gross is co-founder of Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and his latest business, GoldenEar Technology. To see videos of the finalists or to make a nomination for 2013, visit

Vote on the Best Shots

While at CES, vote in the fourth annual “Best Shots” digital photo contest, presented by CEA in partnership with Eye-Fi. All photo entries will be displayed at the LVH in the PMA@CES exhibits. Judges will select finalists in four categories – people, travel, pets and cell phone shots – then an online vote will be held for the winners. Ten prizes will be awarded:

One Grand Prize:
Canon EOS Rebel T3i with Eye-Fi Wireless Memory
SD Card
Four Top Prizes:
(one camera winner each)
Nikon Coolpix P300 with Eye-Fi SD Card
Sony Cyber-shot DSC -WX 150 with Eye-Fi SD Card
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 with Eye-Fi SD Card
Fujifilm FinePix F770EXR with Eye-Fi SD Card
Five Honorable Mention Prizes:
Eye-Fi SD Card

World’s Most Energy-Efficient TVs

The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD ) Initiative awarded Global Efficiency Medals to Samsung and LG. With televisions 33 to 44 percent more efficient than those with similar technologies, Samsung and LG took top awards at the first SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for flat-panel televisions in October. The program encourages the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances and electronics, focusing on products with energy savings potential. For more information: TV awards.

New Home for Start-ups

CEA has a new membership category for CE start-ups for 2013 to provide these companies with access to member benefits to help grow their businesses and help CEA strengthen its relationship with new market entrants. CEA ’s Small Business Council (SBC ) already provides education and training, conference programs, networking opportunities and a mentoring program.

These programs are being expanded to address the needs of start-up companies. New initiatives also are being developed such as entrepreneur meet-ups to bring this audience together to network.
Eligible companies include:

Start-ups seeking outside funding
Angel/venture investor recipients
Strategic corporate capital recipients
Small business innovation research grantees
Research park companies
State development incubated companies
University research spin-offs
For-profit incubated companies
Advanced development teams
Venture capitalist firms, private equity firms and institutional banks that invest in disruptive innovation.
For information, contact Denise King at or 703-907-7562.

Calling Entrepreneurs

Startup Weekend starts on January 4-6, at the InNEVation Center in Las Vegas – just days before CES opens. This non-profit brings entrepreneurs together with one goal: going from idea to launch. The weekend has three segments: pitch, build and present. Friday is pitch night where anyone with an idea has one minute to present to the group which then votes for the top eight to 10 ideas. Teams are formed and build until Sunday afternoon when they present their ideas to investors. The winning team exhibits at CES Unveiled that evening. For information: