**New for 2018** Startup Space takes place Thursday, October 4, 2018, on the OilComm and FleetComm Expo Show Floor!
While attending OilComm and FleetComm, make sure you attend Startup Space, a pitch competition where entrepreneurs pitch their business and technology ideas to a panel of highly accomplished energy, maritime, and transportation professionals, investors, thought leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs.
Startup Space is your chance to watch lightning talks from up and coming professionals and companies on a variety of topics, including energy, maritime, or transportation (or general/tech) entrepreneurship, startup community cultivation, global entrepreneurship, young professional topics and more.
Ten contestants will be placed into two groups. They are then each given five minutes to pitch their company or product in front of a panel of judges. This will be followed by a five-minute period during which judges will ask questions or make comments to the contestants. Judges will score the presentations based on a standardized set of various categories.
The winners and prizes will be awarded at the Titos & Tacos Reception Thursday night. The single contestant with the highest overall score overall will be named the contest winner and receive the grand prize.
The overall winner will receive: