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Benefits of Participating

Here's what you'll get if you're selected to exhibit in the Innovations Center:

  • Chance to win a cash prize of $10,000
  • Professional critique on your innovation/business plan and how to take it to the next level
  • Exposure to major retail chains and large manufacturing companies in the creative industry – art supply stores, club stores, craft chain stores, independent craft stores, department stores, discount chain stores, dollar stores, drug stores, supermarkets, housewares/home goods stores, office supply stores and home centers/hardware stores
  • ‚ÄčAvailable to all of the finalists – Three-days of table-top exhibiting space for your innovation ($1,595 value) in the Innovations Center, hands-on and interactive Show floor display that will introduce innovative concepts and products to thousands of businesses, influencers and decision makers in the creative industry
  • Use of the 2019 Innovations logo on your product packaging and advertising materials
  • Listing in AFCI’s electronic and printed publications distributed to 2,500+ companies
  • Industry-wide recognition and media attention through AFCI press releases
  • Online coverage of AFCI's social media handles
  • Qualify to join the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) under the Start-up Membership category at a reduced rate with access to the suite of AFCI member benefits