London, UK – 30th August 2018 – The 7th edition of the Tech Trailblazers Awards is now open for entries. The awards are designed explicitly for smaller businesses and tech startups and recognise and reward tech innovation helping startups grow their businesses. They are open to enterprise technology startups from anywhere in the world less than six years old and at C-series funding or below.

Since its inception the global awards have celebrated the hottest startups in enterprise technology and Tech Trailblazing alumni have raised a total of over $3.5 billion in funding since becoming Tech Trailblazers. Amongst them, over 20 have successfully exited for a total of over $1 billion through acquisition to the likes of Cisco, Dropbox, DXC Technology, Ericsson, HPE, Lookout, Microsoft , NetApp, Oracle, Western Digital and Zimbra. In addition, two alumni: Nutanix and Zscaler have successfully IPOed.

In addition to tech categories for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and High Performance Computing (HPC) as well as Big Data, Cloud Computing, FinTech, IoT, Networking, Mobile Technology, IT Security, Storage and Virtualization, this year sees the addition of two new technology category awards – Containers Trailblazers and Developer Trailblazers – and two new individual awards – Industry Trailblazers and Startup Trailblazers.

The Containers Trailblazers category is open to product and services containers startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises.

The Developer Trailblazers category recognizes the most innovative companies that are arming developers and giving them the tools for success.

The Industry Trailblazer will be someone who isn’t part of a startup themselves but who supports the ecosystem by investing their time, effort, or money to make new-born businesses a success.  Perhaps someone from an accelerator, crowdfund, VC, bank, legal firm, channel player or government department.

The Startup Trailblazer award is to recognize the efforts of someone who isn’t at the CxO level who goes above and beyond for their company. Someone who demonstrates technical excellence, motivational management, or inventive thinking, and the ability to go the extra mile with their resourcefulness and determination.

The Industry and Startup individual awards are in addition to the Female and Male CxO awards that recognize innovation, agility, leadership and diversity in tech startup leaders.

Rose Ross, Founder and Chief Trailblazer commented: “We are continuing to see the best of the best enter the awards and the success of our alumni is testimony to that quality.  We also look forward to seeing outstanding entries from individuals in both tech startups and organization in the tech startup ecosystem who are commited and passionate about making a difference in their organizations, their sector and the wider tech communities.”

More information can be found at www.techtrailblazers.com.

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