Not-to-Miss Conferences and Trade Shows for Entrepreneurs and Inventors in 2017


Attending conferences, expos and trade shows is a great way for entrepreneurs and inventors to increase their knowledge, network with industry leaders and show off their products and inventions. Below are some of our favorite conferences coming up in 2017!

Attending conferences, expos and trade shows is a great way for entrepreneurs and inventors to increase their knowledge, network with industry leaders and show off their products and inventions. Below are some of our favorite conferences coming up in 2017!

Consumer Electronics Show 2017 (CES)


Date: January 5-8, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV


Each year, some of the newest and most innovative products are unveiled at CES. Innovators, journalists and tech enthusiasts from around the world gather in Las Vegas to see the next generation of consumer technologies. Whether you’re exhibiting, with the media or just attending, CES can’t be beat.



Date: March 10-19, 2017
Location: Austin, TX


SXSW is a yearly conference where the worlds of entertainment, culture and technology meet. Conference tracks include brands and marketing, design, development and code, government, health, intelligent future, style, tech industry, workplace, entertainment influencers, film and TV industry, making film and episodics, making music, music industry, music influencers, touring and live experience, experiential storytelling, food, journalism, social impact, sports, startup village and VR/AR; in other words: whether you are an inventor, an entrepreneur or somewhere in between there is truly something for everyone.

Global Pet Expo


Date: March 22-24, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL


At the Global Pet Expo, pet product companies and buyers come together for the pet industry’s largest annual trade show. This March, more than 1,000 companies will showcase the latest and greatest in pet products, giving attendees the chance to preview the newest products in the industry. This trade show is designed for independent retailers, distributors, mass-market buyers and other qualified professionals.

National Hardware Show


Date: May 9-11, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, NV


The National Hardware Show brings together products, vendors and brands. Whether you’re showing off your product, networking with other industry professionals or looking for new products to sell, you’ll get something out of this show. Product categories featured at the event include building products, farm and ranch, hardware and tools, homewares, lawn and garden and outdoor living, paint and accessories, pet products, plumbing and electrical, storage and organization, tailgate and barbecue, emergency-preparedness, energy-efficient and eco-friendly and made in the USA. The show also highlights inventors, as well as international sourcing companies.



Date: September 14-15, 2017
Location: Cleveland, Ohio


INDUSTRY touts itself as a two-day conference “for people who build, launch and scale world-class products.” It’s designed for anyone who wants to use new technologies and processes to build and ship better products. You’ll leave the conference with a new perspective on your product and inspiration for making it even better.

Inc. 5000


Date: October 10-12, 2017
Location: JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa


Sponsored by Inc. Magazine, Inc. 5000 Conference and Gala is designed to be three days of learning, networking and celebration for entrepreneurs and business owners. Speakers cover a wide range of topics that will benefit everyone involved in running a successful business.

2017 PDMA Annual Conference


Date: November 11-15, 2017
Location: Atlanta, GA


At the PDMA Annual Conference, you’ll convene with fellow product design and management professionals to network, learn new tactics for addressing today’s biggest challenges in the industry, learn more about marketing, management, entrepreneurship, industry and design, engage with industry thought-leaders and much more. Many of the top product companies across the globe attend this conference, giving you the opportunity to network with product managers and learn from some of the most innovative industry experts.


Make 2017 even better than years before by taking advantage of the unique opportunities offered at these conferences and trade shows. Whether your goal is to present your product to a large product company, network with fellow inventors and innovators or simple learn from some of the best in the industry, we feel confident you won’t regret attending any of these exciting conferences.


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