RILA Launches Network for Startups

RTech Startup Network Connects Retailers to Industry Problem

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today launched the RTech Startup Network, a community designed to generate a stronger connection between the startup ecosystem and retail senior executive communities.

The Startup Network will be home to early-stage companies developing cutting-edge solutions to the retail industry’s most stubborn problems, and whose total revenue is under $50 million. Members will have unparalleled opportunities to participate in RILA events such as startup award programs and open innovation challenges, as well as unique access to RILA’s committees of retail executives.

“The RTech Startup Network is just one component of our larger retail innovation community, but an important one. By curating this group of retail problem solvers, we’re establishing a single access point for retailers who are hungry for new technology, and for startups whose innovative solutions can have a real impact on the retail industry,” said Nicholas Ahrens, RILA vice president of innovation. “We look forward to growing the Network as we continue to drive innovation across the retail industry.”  

Qualifying startups are invited to join the RTech Startup Network by submitting a simple application here.


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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