2010 SPIFFY Award Nominees Announced - Nominee List Catalogs Telecom Startup to Watch

In 2009, the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley reviewed over 100 Telecom startup companies across broad a range of telecom products and services. From those, over 20 carrier members of the Council chose nominees for several award categories. As a presenter to the Telecom Council, each of these companies had already been identified as a promising startup. And, as a nominee, the potential of each of the following companies has already been qualified by our global carriers.

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SPIFFY nominees are identified by over 20 global carriers for their promise and impact across the telecom industry.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2009

Telecom Council of Silicon Valley announces the 2010 SPIFFY Award nominees. Nominees are selected by the Telecom Council’s Service Provider Forum (SPIF) from among all the telecom startups who presented in Telecom Council meetings over the previous year. SPIFFY nominations indicate a startup has innovation, opportunity and a quantifiable interest among our 20 global Service Providers.

In 2009, the Telecom Council reviewed over 100 startup companies across broad a range of telecom products and services. As a presenter to the Telecom Council, each of these companies had already been identified as a promising startup. And, as a nominee, the potential of each of the following companies has already been qualified by our global carriers.

The SPIFFY winners will be announced in a public award ceremony by members of our Service Provider Forum, including AT&T, British Telecom, DoCoMo, France Telecom/Orange, Swisscom, Verizon and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America listed on the Telecom Council website. Prizes include a seat on the Airship Ventures’ Zeppelin, the only Zeppelin NT airship in North America. The flight, provided by Airship Ventures, is a fitting reward for those rising telecom startups.

The SPIFFY Award Ceremony, held on February 25th in Palo Alto, is open to the press and public, who may register online here: http://www.telecomcouncil.com/eventlist.php

And the nominees are…

Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solution
Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.

  •     Edgewater Networks
  •     Funambol
  •     iVisit
  •     MediaFriends
  •     Zuberance

Edison Award for Most Innovative Startup
Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it’s a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.

  •     Fonolo
  •     Lithium Technologies
  •     Micro Power
  •     Skyfire
  •     Swype

San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology
This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.

  •     Fonolo
  •     Micro Power
  •     Quantance
  •     Verient
  •     Veveo

Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past two years.

  •     Edgewater Networks
  •     Fostec
  •     Gogobeans
  •     Mingleverse
  •     Telescent

Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity
This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past two years.

  •     Epocrates
  •     Gogobeans
  •     Mobidia
  •     Mocana
  •     Tiki Labs

Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence
This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.

  •     Cooliris
  •     ConteXtream
  •     RFWindow
  •     Ubidyne
  •     Zenverge

Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPIF Alumni
This award is given to the pre-2009 SPIF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.

  •     4Home
  •     Flurry
  •     GetJar
  •     Gizmo5
  •     STEP Labs

The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier
This award allows the SPIF startup companies to choose which SPIF member company was overall the most responsive and supportive to the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community.

  •     AT&T
  •     British Telecom
  •     DoCoMo
  •     Swisscom
  •     Verizon Communications

About the Telecom Council
The Telecom Council brings together the industry's companies, research, ideas, capital, and human expertise from across the globe to create a hub for telecom professionals and their companies to connect, communicate, and collaborate. Over the past year, The Telecom Council connected 900 executives from 500 telecom companies including 25 carriers across 40 meeting topics. For more information and to join our invitation list, visit http://www.telecomcouncil.com.

About Airship Ventures
Airship Ventures flies the only Zeppelin NT airship in North America, offering daily flight-seeing tours over the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles Basin. A flight onboard the Airship NT, Eureka, is unlike anything a guest has experienced and it never disappoints. We have a very spacious and luxurious gondola and can accommodate up to 12 guests, in addition to our pilot and flight attendant. There are windows all around so every seat is a window seat and every seat is an aisle seat. There is even a restroom on board (with a window)! We fly at approximately 1,000 feet and at a very smooth cruising speed of 35 mph. For more information please visit us at http://www.airshipventures.com.

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