Networking Trailblazers 2020 – Shortlist

We have a bumper number of entries to the Tech Trailblazers Awards this year. 2020 has seen a considerable uptick since last year, an increase of over 50%, demonstrating that even more startups in the enterprise tech space are continuing to take positive steps to gain the recognition from awards in order to stand out from the crowd when it comes to seeking investment, clients, and potential acquirers.

The Networking Trailblazers is open to networking startups that offer innovative enterprise solutions to companies based anywhere around the world. You might be focused  on LANs, WANs, SANs, WLANs, or MANs or anything to do with enabling more reliable, flexible, secure, or cheaper networking.

Congratulations to this year’s shortlist for the Networking category:

  • Ananda Networks – Ananda Networks allows organizations to create their own private networks, connecting all users, devices, and services – in the HQ, branch, remote location, cloud, or anywhere. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • BehrTech – BehrTech offers a wireless connectivity platform that is purpose-built for massive-scale Industrial IoT networks. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Celona – Celona’s solution architecture is designed to simplify and automate deployment of cellular wireless technology by enterprise IT organizations and managed service providers. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Volta Networks – With the Volta Networks solution, customers will now be able to purchase commercially available low cost, high performance switch hardware known as white box switching. Website Twitter LinkedIn
  • Zycada – Zycada empowers the fastest online shopping experience by leveraging the power and scale of bot technology.. Website Twitter LinkedIn

Networking Trailblazers  success – the story so far

The Networking Trailblazers Award is back in vogue. Having been one of the original categories in the first Awards in 2012 until 2015, the category was dropped from the list until this year.  Despite not having been a regular category over the last eight years, there had been a steady stream of runners-up being acquired at the rate of one per year for the first three years of the Awards.

The first year saw runner-up Embrane go on to be acquired by Cisco in 2015. The next year saw Racktivity picked up by GIG Technology. CENTRI Technology, runner-up in 2014, took a while longer to be purchased by AgilePQ, with the deal completed on 11th March 2020.

This all goes to show that it’s not only winners but also those recognised by our esteemed judges can catch the eye of a larger firm who then buys them up, often the startup founder’s dream exit.

Now we’re onto the second round of judging and the voting stage of the Awards. The public vote is now open, vote here now! Voting closes on Thursday 3rd December and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 8th December.

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