Each January, more than 170,000 attendees come to CES, the world’s biggest technology event, to see the latest in innovation. One of the annual highlights for me at the show is meeting the creators and dreamers who share their innovations on our international stage.

Turning an idea that exists only in your head into a workable product takes the courage to try and the faith your product will sell. Related: Shark Tank’s Lori Greiner on the No.

1 Mistake to Avoid When Manufacturing Your Product Overseas To me, startups symbolize what CES is all about. Each and every one of the more than 900 startups across CES’s Eureka Park, where investors come to find their next unicorn, embodies that courage and faith.

And they have been rewarded for their vision — since 2012, more than 1,000 startups at CES have raised over $1.5 billion combined. At this year’s show, Eureka Park featured companies and entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries.

And roughly half of our Eureka Park exhibitors hailed from Innovation Champion countries, as defined by the Consumer Technology Association’s (CTA) International Innovation Scorecard, which ranks 38 countries and the EU based on their innovation ecosystems. CTA identifies and tracks policies that advance entrepreneurship in the U.S. and abroad. The International Innovation Scorecard shows that, while the U.S. is still among the top tech economies in the world, it’s falling behind in a handful of categories including openness to certain disruptive business models. Read more from entrepreneur.com…

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