Voting is now open: help decide 2015’s trailblazers London, UK – 8th December 2014 – The Tech Trailblazers Awards, the first annual awards program for enterprise information technology startups, recently announced the third edition finalists in the categories of Big Data, Cloud, Emerging Markets, Mobile, Networking, Security, Storage, Sustainable IT, Virtualization, as well as new additions ‘FinTech’ and ‘IoT’ (Internet of Things) categories, and the ‘Firestarter Award’.The winners of the Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by the voting public and an esteemed judging panel. Voting closes at 23.59pm Pacific Time on 16th January 2015. Which startups deserve winners’ titles? Help decide their fate by casting your vote on the Tech Trailblazers Website.This edition has introduced two new tech categories: ‘IoT’ and ‘FinTech’, as well as the new ‘Firestarter Award’. The ‘Firestarter Award’ is open to category startups 2 years and younger, and below Series A funding. It is a new bursary created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for new startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. The shortlist is a diverse group of startups from the different technology categories, and acknowledges the youngest startups for their concept and development in the first two years. Now the judges have made their choices, entrants eagerly await your votes to decide the trendsetters of 2015…Tech Trailblazers Awards has welcomed a range of entrants this year – with 26% more startups than the previous year. Rose Ross, founder of the Tech Trailblazers Awards, said “The quality of entrant submissions this year has been extremely high, and with so many different startups (now including IoT and FinTech enterprises) this is the Tech Trailblazers Awards most wide-ranging year yet for enterprise IT. It’s been a difficult task for the judging panel to pick the frontrunners from such a talented startup roster, but the scores are on the doors and it’s now time for the general public to make their mark! We wish all the Tech Trailblazers finalists the best of luck in the awards.” Tech Trailblazers Awards Third Edition FinalistsBig Data- EnergyDeck (@EnergyDeck), – London, UK- Flying Binary (@FlyingBinary), – London, UK- NGDATA (@NGDATA_com), – New York, USA- ParStream (@ParStream), – CA, USA- SQream Technologies (@SQreamTech), – Ramat Gan, Israel- Tarmin (@Tarmin101), – Boston, USA Cloud- EnergyDeck (@EnergyDeck), – London, UK- Gridstore (@Gridstore), – CA, USA- Perspecsys (@Perspecsys), – London, UK- RackWare (@RackWare), – CA, USA- SaltStack (@SaltStackInc), – Utah, USA- SimpliVity (@SimpliVityCorp), – Boston, USA- SlimCut Media (@SlimCutMedia), – Toronto, Canada Emerging Markets- Fortis Innovations (@FortisKenya), – Nairobi, Kenya – Ideacentric – Lagos, Nigeria- Nerve (@NerveMobile) – Lagos, Nigeria- Sr. Pago (@SrPagoOficial), – Álvaro Obregón, Mexico – Tambero (@Tamberoweb), – Argentina- Temasys Communications (@Temasysrtc), – Singapore Fintech- Copsonic (@CopSonic), – Montauban, France- 6Fusion (@6fusion), – North Carolina, USA- Percentile (@pcentile), – London, UK- Sr. Pago (@SrPagoOficial), – Álvaro Obregón, MexicoIOT- Cyberlightning (@Cyber_lightning), – Oulu, Finland- EnergyDeck (@EnergyDeck), – London, UK- Flying Binary (@FlyingBinary), – London, UK- Oort (@Oort_in), – CA, USA Mobile- Bluebox Security (@BlueboxSec), – CA, USA – Copsonic (@CopSonic), – Montauban, France- FieldAware (@FieldAware), – Texas, USA- Jmango360 (@Jmango360), – Amsterdam, The Netherlands- Perspecsys (@Perspecsys), – London, UK- Purple WiFi Ltd (@PurpleWiFi), – Ashton Under Lyne, UK Networking- CENTRI Technology (@CentriTech), – Washington, USA- Fedr8 (@Fedr8), – Surrey, UK- Pluribus Networks (@PluribusNet), – CA, USA- Racktivity (@Racktivity), – Lochristi, Belgium- Sideband Networks (@SidebandNet), – CA, USA Security- Agari (@AgariInc), – CA, USA- Bluebox Security (@BlueboxSec), – CA, USA – CloudLock (@CloudLock), – Waltham, USA – Crypho (@getCrypho), – Harpunveien, Norway- Cyberlytic Limited (@CyberlyticUK), – London, UK- ZeroFOX (@ZeroFOX), – Baltimore, USAStorage- A3CUBE (@A3CubeInc) – – CA, USA- DataGravity (@DataGravityInc) – – New Hampshire, USA- Gridstore (@Gridstore) – – CA, USA- PernixData (@PernixData) – – CA, USA- Silicon Safe (@SiliconSafe) – – Cambridge, UK- SolidFire (@SolidFire) – – Colorado, USASustainable IT- Eco4Cloud (@Eco4Cloud), – Rende CS, Italy- EnergyDeck (@EnergyDeck), – London, UK- Iceotope (@Iceotope) – – Sheffield, UK- Racktivity (@Racktivity), – Lochristi, Belgium- Upside Energy (@UpsideEnergy), – Cheshire, UK Virtualization- DataGravity (@DataGravityInc), – Nashua, USA- NIMBOXX (@NIMBOXX), – Austin, USA- PernixData (@PernixData) – – CA, USA- Pluribus Networks (@PluribusNet), – CA, USA- Thoughtonomy (@Thoughtonomy), – Kent, UK- VMTurbo (@VMTurbo), – Boston, USA Firestarter Award- Copsonic (@CopSonic), – Montauban, France- Crypho (@getCrypho), – Harpunveien, Norway- Cyberlytic Limited (@CyberlyticUK), – London, UK- Oort (@Oort_in), – CA, USA- Percentile (@pcentile), – London, UK- Silicon Safe (@SiliconSafe) – – Cambridge, UK- Temasys Communications (@Temasysrtc), – Singapore- Upside Energy (@UpsideEnergy), – Cheshire, UK ###Media ContactsFor Tech Trailblazers Rosalind CarrOmarketing UK: +44 (0)20 8255 5225US: +1 781 519 @Rosalind_at_OAbout the Tech Trailblazers Awards @techtrailblazeTech 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 TrailblazersCloud TrailblazersEmerging Markets TrailblazersFinTech TrailblazersIoT TrailblazersMobile TrailblazersNetworking TrailblazersSecurity TrailblazersStorage TrailblazersSustainable IT TrailblazersVirtualization TrailblazersIn 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 CupAsian-Pacific Trailblazers CupEuropean Trailblazers CupLatin American Trailblazers CupNorth American Trailblazers CupEarly 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. Source: RealWire

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