AI Trailblazers Award

Calling all AI Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services AI startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

We are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Big Data Trailblazers Award

Calling all Big Data Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services Big Data startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: Cassandra, Hadoop, Data Loading, NoSQL.

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Blockchain Trailblazers Award

Calling all Blockchain Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services Blockchain startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

We are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Cloud Trailblazers Award

Calling all Cloud Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under 6 years old.

It is open to product and services cloud startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: orchestration, cloud migration, physical – cloud integration, authentication, security, tools, image management, application packaging, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, OaaS.

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Female CxO Trailblazers Award

Female CxO’s within enterprise tech startups demonstrating key qualities and proven achievements: driving company innovation, proof of leadership, implementing and encouraging agile practices, promoting diversity within the company, and contribution to the wider tech community.

Financial Technology Trailblazers Award

Calling all FinTech Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services FinTech startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

We are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Firestarter Trailblazers Award


The Tech Trailblazers Awards “Firestarter” Bursary for Non-VC Funded Early Stage Startups



The Firestarter bursary is for non-VC backed startups up to two years old. This has been created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowd-funding as their primary source of investment.

The recent Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index surveyed the funding environment for nearly 200 enterprise tech startups. 35% of those surveyed indicated that raising funds took considerably longer than anticipated and 31% said that it was considerably harder than expected. The bursary aims to ease that pressure in the early stages for a startup. It ensures that these tech firestarters get a shot at recognition with all eligible entrants 2 years or younger who are pre-VC funding can receive a bursary for the $295 entry fee to their chosen Tech Trailblazers category as well as a chance to also win the new cross category early stage “Firestarter” award.

For more information on the Firestarter bursary, please contact the Tech Trailblazers team on innovate@techtrailblazers.com.

High Performance Computing Trailblazers Award

Calling all High Performance Computing Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services High Performance Computing startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

We are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

IoT Trailblazers Award

Calling all IoT Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services IoT startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

We are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Male CxO Trailblazers Award

Male CxO’s within enterprise tech startups demonstrating key qualities and proven achievements: driving company innovation, proof of leadership, implementing and encouraging agile practices, promoting diversity within the company, and contribution to the wider tech community.

Mobile Trailblazers Award

Calling all Mobile Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services mobile startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: BYOD, smartphone, apps, mobility, productivity, m-payment, personalization, geofencing, M2M, m-coupons, m-advertising, location based services (LBS), telecom expense management, unified communications, usage controls, mobile commerce, LTE, NGN, hetnets, SON.

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

This category is all about hot mobile enterprise tech that delivers real business benefits and that can be hardware, software or anything else you can think up. Whether your product is aimed at enterprise customers themselves, or at helping mobile operators support enterprise customers, we’d like to hear from you.

Security Trailblazers Award

Calling all Security Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services security startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: APT, proactive defence, whitelist, SEIM, correlation and monitoring.

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Storage Trailblazers Award

Calling all Storage Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services storage startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: Solid State Disk (SSD), backup, archiving, deduplication, Write Attenuation, Open Source, Storage Software, Storage Switches, Compression

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!

Virtualization Trailblazers Award

Calling all Virtualization Trailblazers!

This category is open to all private companies, privately funded or VC backed (Series C or earlier), under six years old.

It is open to product and services virtualization startups offering innovative solutions to enterprises based anywhere around the world.

Buzzwords of what may be considered hot and innovative include: VDI, Application Packaging, Orchestration, Management, Migrations

Don’t see your product or services category listed? Don’t worry, the list is not exhaustive and all innovative products and services from companies that meet the criteria will be considered.

After all, we are looking for trailblazers and you may be creating a technology or market that we don’t even know about!