Enterprise startup awards firm Tech Trailblazers (opens in new tab) has announced a new partnership with China-Axlr8r (opens in new tab), a programme touted as "China's first mentorship-driven seed-funding" scheme.
The partnership will see the winner of the Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup gain a free place on the 2014 programme, with China-Axlr8r's Todd Embley set to assume a place on the Tech Trailblazers regional judging panel.
"China-Axlr8r has made a name for itself as an innovator in the Chinese startup community, and that is underlined now as we integrate the Tech Trailblazers Awards model into our accelerator programme to identify the region's best social and enterprise technology startups," Embley commented.
He continued: "It has been tough sledding for Chinese startups to gain global recognition over the last four years. However, we are very confident that they have what it takes not only to compete, but to win, at the international level, and we are excited to help propel them there via amazing opportunities such as the Tech Trailblazers."
Tech Trailblazers recognises enterprise information startups from around the world in eight main categories - big data, cloud, mobile, networking, security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualisation. It also doles out region-specific awards, like the Emerging Markets Trailblazers, which is designed to recognise new ventures from up-and-coming BRIC nations.
"Strong regional partners like China-Axlr8r are essential for our global success. This year, with the partnership of China-Axlr8r coupled with the lure of the estimated million-dollar prize pot equivalent, we are expecting a deluge of Chinese and other Asian entrants. We are truly excited by the chance to welcome even more of the crème de la crème of Chinese enterprise tech startups to the Tech Trailblazers experience," said Rose Ross, founder and Chief Trailblazer.
The Tech Trailblazers Awards are accepting entries until 12 September, with an early-bird discount applying until 12 August allowing interested parties to enter technology-specific categories for $250 (£165). After 12 August, entries cost $295 (£195).
However, entrants from emerging markets like China benefit from reduce tariffs and can enter the emerging market category for just $50 (£33). If they enter a technology-specific category, they are also automatically put up for the Emerging Markets Trailblazer gong.
Tech Trailblazers also recently announced a partnership with London-based startup community Innovation Warehouse (opens in new tab). Winners of the Regional Trailblazers Cups will receive six months full-time hot-desking at IW's London office for up to two individuals and the chance to participate in an Innovation Warehouse Pitch Day.