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NRA Show Announces 14 Startup Alley Exhibitors for 2019’s 100th Anniversary Event

Unlock Huge Potential Through Digital Innovation in Foodservice

The National Restaurant Association Show, Hotel-Motel Show® is excited to announce the 14 Startup Alley exhibitors that will be in attendance at the 2019 Show, to be held May 18-21 in Chicago at McCormick Place. These ground-breaking companies will display their high-tech ideas for enhancing restaurant operations and increasing revenue, in addition to giving buyers a sneak peek at the future of foodservice.

Restaurateurs, restaurant guests, and investors all agree—technology that improves the dining experience remains at the forefront of the foodservice industry. Since 2015, the National Restaurant Association Show has showcased the best restaurant technology startups in Startup Alley, recognizing the critical role played by new, innovative players in the arena.

“Innovation in the foodservice industry seems to be growing exponentially. I’m impressed year after year by the ideas and creativity of our Startup Alley exhibitors,” said Mary Pat Heftman, President, Restaurant Show Group. “Many of the products that started in the Show’s Startup Alley went on to find great success in the marketplace. If restaurant operators want to see what’s next in foodservice, they must visit Startup Alley.”

“The startups featured in Startup Alley offer Show attendees the opportunity to better understand how to handle the latest challenges facing foodservice and connect with forward-thinking products that will help their business stay ahead of the curve,” said Mike Hickey, executive vice president and president, Ecolab Inc. and 2019 Co-Chair of the National Restaurant Association Show. “I’m looking forward to seeing the 14 startups featured at the centennial Show.

Visiting the companies featured in Startup Alley, located at the TECH Pavilion, during the Show will allow restaurant operations to discover new ways to unlock huge potential and get a sneak peek at the foodservice industry of the future.

The 14 startups include:


Genio is a productivity app that makes employee scheduling, communication, attendance, location and task management a breeze.


Say2eat helps multi-unit restaurant chains engage, transact and re-target digital diners to scale. Say2eat is a one stop shop - ensuring that consumers are never more than 30 seconds away from their next order.

Galley Solutions:

Galley takes an entirely different approach to building kitchen software. They focus on the core data of a food operation: recipes and ingredients, then build beautiful and easy-to-use tools to empower chefs, not accountants, to provide and maintain the data that matters most.

Hospitality Playbooks:

Hospitality Playbooks offers a system and a framework to help restaurant owners and managers develop their team to deliver consistent dining experiences. They provide tools, training, and support to help managers hire, train, and retain restaurant team talent.


Jetson solves the inherent design problems of current voice assistants when it comes to conversational commerce. They offer a more intelligent “multi-step” voice AI that can search and transact complex menus through full conversation.


Locl was built so businesses get the most from maps platforms, especially those who rely on foot-traffic, such as restaurants and bars.

AmbiFi, Inc.

Build procedures as you go, with AmbiFi’s mobile app and authoring capabilities. Never has it been easier to build and distribute knowledge. Take pictures and record videos to enhance the experience, making knowledge transfers and many hours dedicated to training a thing of the past.

Tablee Co:

Tablee provides hardware and software combination solution to the hospitality space, primarily restaurants, bars, hotels and country clubs. Their services include a small on-table device that guests can use to request service.

PathSpot Technologies, Inc.:

PathSpot helps restauranteurs protect their business and customers from foodborne illness through their hand scanner that instantly detects invisible signs of bacteria and viruses including Norovirus, E.coli, Listeria, Hepatitis A, and Salmonella.

Synk Delivery:

Synk is a highly efficient software tool that networks local consumers for inexpensive and predictable delivery.


theBulletin.io is a TV-based community billboard platform that 'uberizes' televisions in restaurants and bars.

Baller LLC:

Baller LLC is in the engagement industry as a web based platform designed to improve employee retention by building esteem, engagement, productivity, and customer service.


Easilys is a one-stop solution dedicated to multi-site contract catering businesses.


LISNR® has a goal of leveraging sound as a conduit for wide-scale connectivity everywhere. As the leading, global provider of data-over-audio (DoA) solutions, LISNR®’s proprietary technology is used across the connected world and powered over 100 million devices in 2018.

Octothorpe Plus LLC:

With Octothorpe Plus LLC’s mobile app plugin, customers can take restaurant branded selfies and share them on social media for an instant reward.

The National Restaurant Association Show, Hotel-Motel Show is owned and operated by Winsight LLC in equity partnership with the National Restaurant Association.

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