Innovation Event Strategy + Network Acceleration for Brands & Frontier Tech Companies

More Signal, Less Noise

Who We Are

R1 Labs is a unique hybrid of startup ecosystem builders and corporate matchmakers providing brands and blockchain companies with access to the people and communities they need to connect with. 

Having attended 100s of events around the world of all different sizes and quality, we’re keenly aware that there's too much noise in the space. 

What stays constant though is the need to make meaningful connections and stay on the pulse in a world where industries are being transformed right before our eyes.

We leverage our expansive network and deep knowledge of the global startup and tech community to provide valuable insights and map out where to be, who to meet, and how to maximize your budget, time and resources.

Who We've Worked With


  • Sponsorship/Partnership/Exhibition Opportunities (freemium) at vetted blockchain, crypto, and innovation events.
  • Event Strategy (premium) - Researching and planning what to attend, host, sponsor, exhibit or speak at (and what to ignore)
  • Curate Private Dinners and Luncheons
  • Event Networking Concierge (premium) - high-touch navigation and strategic intros at select events 
  • Innovation Ecosystem Immersion Tours & Programs in NYC, SF, São Paulo, Austin, and Tel Aviv.
  • Event production & logistics for summits, hackathons; experiential sponsorship activations, and audience / speaker curation 

We thoroughly review your company's goals and provide you with thoughtfully curated event and community engagements designed to increase brand recognition, build credibility and allow you to connect with key decision makers, investors, influencers, new customers, partners, and potential hires.

What People Say

"Daren’s navigation and high touch—in making sure we met the right people—was the main reason the sponsorship was so successful. Already doing another event with him and I consider him a trusted collaborator.” 

- Community Development Representative for Latin America at IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

"We asked for Daren's help to connect us with like-minded investors at SXSW. His ability to understand our philosophy and utilize his huge network to connect us to the right people is second to none. Without his help, it would have been much harder to navigate the madness that is SXSW." 

- VC Client

“The event was a success for us! We got 77 startup pitches, more than what we wanted. The Echelon team was amazing, and they will help us a lot to achieve our objective. The event was also really good, Turkish Airlines was really happy about it. We can go further on new events with you.”

- Agency Lead for Turkish Airlines

Our Offices Are Located in NYC