Startup Alley to Debut at NRA Show

Startup Alley to Debut at NRA Show

The largest foodservice trade show gives emerging restaurant tech companies the opportunity to pitch their businesses on May 16-19 at Chicago’s McCormick Place

Startup Alley to Debut at NRA ShowChicago, IL  (  The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced today a new feature area of Startup Alley for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, taking place at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 16-19. Emerging startups in the restaurant technology space will now have the opportunity to showcase their companies to the more than 65,000 foodservice professionals at the largest annual foodservice trade show in the world.

Showcasing innovative and promising advancements, Startup Alley will feature companies with new technologies to engage foodservice customers on social media, streamline food delivery, execute innovative recruitment, and more.

“We want to provide our members with access to the best possible technology solutions, which requires exposure to smaller companies that are on the cusp of innovation. We embrace the fact that there are a large number of startups popping up in the restaurant technology space, and we want to give them the opportunity to work with us and our restaurant members. Startup Alley was created in that spirit,” said Phil Kafarakis, Chief Innovation & Member Advancement Officer for the National Restaurant Association.

The featured companies aim to streamline restaurant operations and increase efficiencies through services such as:

  • Mobile geo-location-enabled job seeking
  • Live-streaming online music services
  • App-based “smart” delivery service
  • Restaurant supply ordering and inventory management
  • Mobile guest communications and feedback
  • Interactive digital displays

Attendees can still register for this year’s 2015 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and BAR at the NRA Show here:

The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2015 will be held May 16-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, and the 2015 BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants, formerly the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event), held in conjunction with NRA Show, will take place May 17-18. The events attract 65,000+ attendees and visitors from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcase the latest products, services, innovative ideas, up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues, and growth opportunities. For more information, visit the NRA Show and BAR websites at and, and find the NRA Show on Twitter @NRAShowFacebook, Instagram @NRAShowYouTube, Flickr, and our year-round content hub Brainfeed.

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 16-19, 2015, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurantsFacebook and YouTube.