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IP EXPO: Futures Den partner Tech Trailblazers Awards booms in 2013

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In a sign that the

Tech Trailblazers Awards

is gaining increased momentum, the team has announced that throughout 2013 it had doubled industry partners and received 17 per cent more entrants this year compared to 2012.

The competition is open to enterprise IT startups and offers the chance of winning products and services worth thousands of dollars, as well as expert industry mentoring.

Significantly, the awards saw a marked increase in entries originating from outside the traditional technology centre of Silicon Valley. The number of entries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa increased dramatically.

One particularly significant new parter is IP EXPO, the UK's leading IT event, which is currently ongoing in Earl’s Court, London. Other important new tie-ups include Morgan Stanley, GigaOM, Innovation Warehouse and Mobile World Congress organising body the GSMA.

These partnerships have allowed Tech Trailblazers to offer a vast array of prizes and mentoring relationships. This year, the biggest increase in applications was for the big data category with a huge 117 per cent boost from last year.

Two of last year's Tech Trailblazers winners - Peter Hopton from Iceotope (winner of the Sustainable IT Trailblazers) and Ed Macnair from Intermedia (formerly SaaSID - the Cloud Trailblazers winner) - are presenting talks about their trailblazing success at IP Expo’s Futures Den this week.

Tech Trailblazers Awards founder Rose Ross said, "Our year two figures prove that the Tech Trailblazers Awards is a valuable initiative for the startup entrants. By rallying the enterprise tech world behind the industry's first truly independent and global tech awards scheme, the Tech Trailblazers gives the most innovative enterprise tech startups the boost they need to succeed."

Judges are now evaluating this year’s Tech Trailblazers entries. The public vote will begin shortly after the shortlist is announced in early November and winning companies will be crowned 2014 Tech Trailblazers in December.