Class of 2014 Trailblazers: Enter by Friday 19th September for a chance to win expert mentoring, recognition, great prizes and more…
London, UK – September 17th 2014 – Time is running out for tech startups to enter the Tech Trailblazers Awards, as the competition welcomes final entrants from a range of enterprise tech backgrounds: Big Data, Cloud, Emerging Markets, Mobile, Networking, Security, Storage, Sustainable IT, Virtualization, as well as two exciting new categories ‘FinTech’ and ‘IoT’ (Internet of Things).
The awards also welcome startups from different levels of funding. Aside from the Emerging Markets category, they recently announced the Firestarter program - a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, to encourage their involvement in the awards.
With these exciting developments to the awards scheme, this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. As ever, the Tech Trailblazers will reward its hottest startups with opportunities and prizes for their business to blaze a trail for the year ahead.
Submissions close on Friday September 19th at 11:59pm Pacific Time at www.techtrailblazers.com.
Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer and founder of the awards said “The Class of 2014 Tech Trailblazers will be our most diverse yet, as our expert judges also discover innovations from our new IoT and FinTech categories. We look forward to new ideas in our popular existing categories, and our Firestarter entrants will add a new dimension to the competition. The resources we can offer to both winners and finalists provide opportunities such as mentoring, recognition and business development - equipping startups with the tools to succeed.”
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 business with access to mentoring, development and prizes. The awards include the following categories:
- Big Data Trailblazers
- Cloud Trailblazers
- Emerging Markets Trailblazers
- FinTech Trailblazers
- IoT 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 will be announced at the end of November and the individual Cups are:
- African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup
- Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup
- European Trailblazers Cup
- Latin American Trailblazers Cup
- North American Trailblazers Cup
Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) will be able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new Firestarter bursary and will also be automatically submitted for the new Firestarter award as well as their appropriate Regional Cup.
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 Data Chain, ExecEvent, GFT, Gigaom, GoMoNews, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, Launchpad Europe, L’Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, Mynewsdesk, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, RealWire, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, Wazoku, Ventureburn and VMware.