Awards season is well and truly underway (and you've got a couple more days to get your entry on for the NZ Innovators Awards) but we'll also bring a new global award to your attention.
The Tech Trailblazer awards are open to any business in any country that's less than five years old and is privately funded (or C series funded or below).
Every entrant is guaranteed a goodie bag consisting of a mix of products and services worth over $3,000, while category winners receive coaching, mentoring and development from VCs, financial experts, and leading CTOs, plus other products and services. The total estimated prize fund is projected at more than $1 million.
Entries for products, services or innovations can be submitted under any of the following categories:
- Big Data Trailblazers
- Cloud Trailblazers
- Emerging Markets Trailblazers
- Mobile Trailblazers
- Networking Trailblazers
- Security Trailblazers
- Storage Trailblazers
- Sustainable IT Trailblazers
- Virtualisation Trailblazers
It's $295 to enter, and $150 for any additional categories. There is an earlybird rate of $250 for the first category and $100 for any additional categories (excluding the emerging markets category) if you get in before midnight on August 17.
Judges include Kiwi tech expert Ben Kepes, reps from Deloitte,Thomson Reuters and National Australia Bank, and a raft of other investors, industry leaders and entrepreneurs.
A shortlist will be announced in October and the winners named on December 3.