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Independence Day is now Innovation Day for Tech Trailblazers

Press release   •   Jul 04, 2016 14:19 UTC

Tech Trailblazers are go!

While in one part of the world, July 4th is for celebrating events which changed history, it’s also the day for enterprise tech startups around the world to celebrate changing their future, with the 5th series of the Tech Trailblazers Awards now open for entries at

Open to enterprise technology startups from anywhere in the world, the Tech Trailblazers Awards celebrates innovation in businesses less than six years old and at C-series funding or below.

Since 2011, the awards have celebrated the hottest global startups in big data, cloud computing, FinTech, IoT, mobile technology, IT security, storage and virtualization. Our winners have raised a total of over $630 million in funding since becoming Tech Trailblazers. Others have successfully exited for a total of over $500 million through acquisition to the likes of Dropbox, Oracle, SANdisk and Zimbra.

New for 2016 are the Female and Male CxO awards (because we’re all about equality), which aim to recognize individual innovation, leadership and diversity in tech startups. This years’ awards also welcome new judges Jennifer Arcuri, founder of Hacker House and Dr. Jacqui Taylor, CEO of Flying Binary to the panel of industry leaders and global influencers.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards are designed explicitly for smaller businesses and tech startups. The awards have low barriers to entry and recognize enterprise tech innovation, helping startups grow their businesses.

New judge, Jennifer Arcuri said: “In what are undoubtedly tumultuous times around the world, opportunities for technology startups abound. A key to startup success is being seen and recognized by industry peers, VCs and potential aquirers, and the Tech Trailblazers Awards offer new businesses that opportunity, on a global platform. As a judge, I’m really excited to see the hot ticket startups of the future, as presented by the awards entrants.”

Rose Ross, Founder and Chief Trailblazers commented: “As the US celebrates its Independence Day, we’re opening up for entries to celebrate more great innovation from the little guys, from all around the world, who will be the big guys of tomorrow. We are especially excited about opening up for the first time to entries from trailblazing individuals who are championing innovation, diversity, agility and leadership in their startups and the wider tech community.”

The early-bird submission fee is $250 with a deadline of August 4th at 11:59pm PT. Entry forms should be submitted before the closing date of September 8th for consideration by the expert panel.

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About the Tech Trailblazers Awards

About the Tech Trailblazers Awards @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 support that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their business. The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • Female Tech Trailblazer of the Year
  • FinTech Trailblazers
  • Firestarter Trailblazers
  • IoT Trailblazers
  • Male Tech Trailblazer of the Year
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) are able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new Firestarter bursary and automatically submitted for the new Firestarter award.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund is supported by sponsors and industry partners including AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, BigDataStartups, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, L’Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, Silicon Cape Initiative, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley and Ventureburn