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Tech Trailblazers Awards “Great Success” Beating First-Year Entrant and Partner Figures

Press Release   •   Oct 16, 2013 09:30 GMT

The world’s first truly global and independent awards for enterprise technology startups doubles its industry partnerships and attracts 17% more entries 

IP EXPO – The Futures Den – London, UK – October 16th 2013 – The Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced it has doubled its industry partnerships and increased startup entries by 17% compared to last year. These increases indicate the enterprise tech startup community is embracing the Tech Trailblazers’ new cooperative, online and reward-based approach to technology awards.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards gained momentum in 2013, doubling its already-impressive list of partners to include new prizes and/or mentoring relationships from the likes of Morgan Stanley, GigaOM, Innovation Warehouse and GSMA Mobile World Congress, to name just a few. Another significant new partner this year is IP EXPO.The collaboration with Imago Techmedia has created the Futures Den at IP EXPO, a community and networking space focused on start-ups in enterprise technology. Two of last year’s  Tech Trailblazers winners – Peter Hopton from Iceotope (winner of the Sustainable IT Trailblazers) and Ed Macnair from Intermedia (formerly SaaSID – the Cloud Trailblazers winner) – are presenting lightning talks about their trailblazing success at the Futures Den this week.

Industry buzz around the Tech Traiblazers Awards is increasing, and the world’s enterprise tech startups are taking notice. The awards received 17% more entries in 2013 than in 2012. Significantly, the awards saw a marked increasein entries originiating from outside the traditional technology center of the Silicon Valley. The number of entries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa increased dramatically.

Tech Trailblazers Awards founder Rose Ross said, “Our year two figures prove that the Tech Trailblazers Awards is a valuable initiative for the startup entrants. By rallying the enterprise tech world behind the industry’s first truly independent and global tech awards scheme, the Tech Trailblazers gives the  most innovative enterprise tech startups the boost they need to succeed.

Judges are now evaluating the Tech Trailblazers entries. The public vote will begin shortly after the shortlist is announced in early November and winning companies will be crowned 2014 Tech Trailblazers in December.

Tech Trailblazers Awards 2013 Key Facts:

·  The categories with the biggest increases in submissions were:

o  Big Data with a 117% increase

o  Infosecurity with a 67% increase

o  Virtualization with a 50% increase, and

o  Mobile with an increase of 33%

·  Participation from European countries increased by 130%, now making up 27% of the entrants

·  North America still makes up 66% of the entrants

·  Entries from Middle East and Africa increased by 50%

The next stage of the Tech Trailblazers Awards is the judging, which will see the expert panel determine the shortlist, which will go to a public vote in early November.

For more information, please visit www.techtrailblazers.com or follow the Tech Trailblazers Awards on Twitter @techtrailblaze, #TTawards or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards.

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Notes to editors

The Tech Trailblazers Awards team is celebrating tech startup innovation today and tomorrow at the IP EXPO Futures Den at London’s Earls Court 2. Visit us at the Futures Den outside the keynotes theater to find out more about what we are doing with our partners and judges to benefit the startup community.

Rose Ross, founder of the Tech Trailblazers Awards is available to comment.

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About the Tech Trailblazers Awards

www.techtrailblazers.com @techtrailblaze

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize start-up innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their businesses with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes. The awards include the following categories:


·  Big Data Trailblazers

·  Cloud Trailblazers

·  Emerging Markets Trailblazers

·  Mobile Trailblazers

·  Networking Trailblazers

·  Security Trailblazers

·  Storage Trailblazers

·  Sustainable IT Trailblazers

·  Virtualization Trailblazers


In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups include:


·  African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup

·  Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup

·  European Trailblazers Cup

·  Latin American Trailblazers Cup

·  North American Trailblazers Cup


The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including  AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, DaD Asia Seed Capital, The Data Chain, ExecEvent, GigaOM, GSMA Mobile World Congress, The Green Grid, Hippflow, The ICEHOUSE, iHUB, Innovation Warehouse, IP EXPO, Launchpad Europe, Lissted, LOGA Group, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, Mynewsdesk, The Next Silicon Valley, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo Entrepreneurial Community, Outsource, Prezi, RealWire, Silicon Cape Initiative, StarTau, Startup50, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, ToWave, Ventureburn, VMware and Wazoku.


About the Tech Trailblazers Awards

www.techtrailblazers.com

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their businesses with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes from a prize fund worth an estimated $1m+. The awards include the following categories:

·  Big Data Trailblazers

·  Cloud Trailblazers

·  Emerging Markets Trailblazers

·  Mobile Trailblazers

·  Networking Trailblazers

·  Security Trailblazers

·  Storage Trailblazers

·  Sustainable IT Trailblazers

·  Virtualization Trailblazers

In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups include:

·  African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup

·  Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup

·  European Trailblazers Cup

·  Latin American Trailblazers Cup

·  North American Trailblazers Cup

Awards 2014 edition is now being judged.  For more information, please email us at innovate@techtrailblazers.com, follow us on Twitter @techtrailblaze or via the hashtag  #TTAwards, visit the website at www.techtrailblazers.com, or visit us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards.


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