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Tech Trailblazers Awards partners with The Icehouse to reach New Zealand’s finest enterprise tech startups

Press release   •   Sep 09, 2013 08:31 UTC

The Tech Trailblazers Awards and New Zealand’s Business Growth Hub The Icehouse are partnering to bring the best enterprise startups into the global awards contest. 

Entrants from New Zealand will qualify for entry via the Tech Trailblazers Awards Emerging Markets category.

Entry submissions in this category only cost $50 USD per application which includes free entry into the relevant technology category and free entry into the Asia Pacific Trailblazer Cup.

The Icehouse CEO Andy Hamilton says the partnership is a great opportunity for Kiwi startups to get international exposure and recognition.

“Most NZ startups need to look for international market opportunities right from the beginning due to the limited size of the New Zealand market.”

“Helping entrepreneurs get traction overseas is an important part of the work we do and we are excited to partner with Tech Trailblazers Awards to further facilitate this,” he says.

Rose Ross, Founder and Chief Trailblazer says the partnership is a natural fit given New Zealand is a hot bed for startups.

“There are plenty New Zealand-based startups in a number of our technology categories such as big data, cloud and mobile tech, so the partnership with The Icehouse is very important to the Tech Trailblazers to reach those pioneering enterprise tech startups.”

“We are looking forward to a sharp increase in Kiwi contestants this year on the back of this partnership. And we also hope to see those startups do well in the tech categories and the Asia Pacific Cup which is new this year,” she says.

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Notes to the Editor

Last year's winners and runners-up are listed at http://techtrailblazers.com/tech-trailblazers-winners-2012/

The Tech Trailblazers Awards 2014 are now open. The final deadline for entries is 23:59pm Pacific on September 26th 2013. Please email innovate@techtrailblazers.com to receive regular updates or more information, follow us on Twitter@techtrailblaze or via the hashtag #TTAwards, or visit us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/tech-trailblazers-awards

About The Icehouse http://www.theicehouse.co.nz @the_icehouse

Named one of the top 10 business growth hubs in the world by Forbes magazine, The Icehouse is where Kiwi businesses grow. The organisation provides expertise, funding and access to networks that enable entrepreneurs to achieve their growth aspirations. The Icehouse has worked with more than 4,000 Kiwi businesses since 2001.

It has a proven track record in growing businesses, as well as deep market knowledge, networks and connections into experienced business leaders, angel investors and think tanks.

The Icehouse is backed by the financial support and expertise of its founder, the University of Auckland Business School, as well as the BNZ, HP, NZTE, Gen-I, Telecom, Ernst & Young, A-Teed, KPMG, JB Were, Microsoft,  AJ Park, Paul Diver and Associates and Grafton Consulting Group. Since 2001 The ICEHOUSE has worked with over 4,500 ambitious owner managers – from start-ups to established multi-million dollar companies.

Contact: Lisa Jansen – l.jansen@theicehouse.co.nz - +64 9 308 6230

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 startup 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 AfriLabsAmoo Venture Capital AdvisorybeSUCCESSbnetTVChina AXLR8R, the Cloud Security AllianceComputingDaD Asia Seed CapitalThe Data ChainExecEventGigaOMGSMA Mobile World CongressThe Green GridThe ICEHOUSEInnovation WarehouseLaunchpad EuropeLisstedLOGA GroupMIT/Stanford Venture LabMynewsdeskThe Next Silicon ValleySkolkovo Entrepreneurial CommunityOutsourcePreziRealWireSilicon Cape InitiativeStarTauStartup50Startup AmericaStorage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia,TechNodeTiE Silicon ValleyToWaveWazokuVentureburn, and VMware.

Media Contact 
Olivia Shannon
Omarketing (For the Tech Trailblazers Awards)
UK: +44 (0)208 255 5225
US: +1 781 519 0275
olivia@omarketing.com 
www.twitter.com/Olivia_at_O

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 startup 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 AfriLabsAmoo Venture Capital AdvisorybeSUCCESSbnetTVChina AXLR8R, the Cloud Security AllianceComputingDaD Asia Seed CapitalThe Data ChainExecEventGigaOMGSMA Mobile World CongressThe Green GridThe ICEHOUSEInnovation WarehouseLaunchpad EuropeLisstedLOGA GroupMIT/Stanford Venture LabMynewsdeskThe Next Silicon ValleySkolkovo Entrepreneurial CommunityOutsourcePreziRealWireSilicon Cape InitiativeStarTauStartup50Startup AmericaStorage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia,TechNodeTiE Silicon ValleyToWaveWazokuVentureburn, and VMware.

Media Contact 
Olivia Shannon
Omarketing (For the Tech Trailblazers Awards)
UK: +44 (0)208 255 5225
US: +1 781 519 0275
olivia@omarketing.com 
www.twitter.com/Olivia_at_O

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