Kicks Off Trade Show Series for Emerging Tech with ESCape to the Midwest

South Bend, IN (PRWEB) June 11, 2013, an online magazine and destination for emerging technology and disruptive trends, announced today the first of a series of exhibitions designed to highlight some of the most exciting high-tech entrepreneurial ventures coming from throughout the Midwest.

The first-of-its-kind emerging technology trade show and conference recognizes that much of the technology that will be shaping the world in the next decade will be coming from unexpected places outside the mainstream tech centers. The trend was first highlighted in’s “Ten most unexpected tech hubs” list published in April 2013.

The next wave of innovation is coming from the Midwest,” said editor-in-chief Dan Blacharski. The Internet and more recently cloud based computing has had a democratizing effect on the startup community, barriers to entry have been lowered, and innovators from cities like South Bend, Detroit, Chattanooga, and Des Moines are taking the baton from Silicon Valley in bringing about what we’ve termed the ‘dot cloud boom.’ We are at the beginning of a major techno-social revolution, which is changing how businesses operate, how people play, and even changing the very definition of what a company and a job really is. The companies, speakers, and special events at ESCape to the Midwest are the movers and shakers that are already making this shift happen.

The event, which will be held in South Bend on Saturday, October 26, will feature up to 100 exhibitors; a meet-a-thon for getting face-to-face time with VCs, business accelerators, and key enablers; a pitch-off to let promising tech startups from the area present their ideas to the crowd for immediate feedback; and an Idea to Revenue presentation that culminates SaaS Makers PaaS Challenge competition. PaaS Challenge is designed to encourage users to take advantage of SaaS Makers powerful platform-as-a-service, which gives entrepreneurs all the tools they need to create, deploy, and sell their as-a-service apps.

Also featured at the event is the World Accelerator/ One Word Domain competition. World Accelerator, a business incubator with a unique value, offers its portfolio companies seed funding, mentorship, and connections, as well as access to one of their highly brandable, one-word domains, including,, or

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