NVTC Announces 2015 Hot Ticket Award Finalists and Winners

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Annual Event Puts the Spotlight on the Region's Most Exciting Technology Companies

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) announced today the winners of the 14th Annual NVTC Hot Ticket Awards, honoring the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial technology companies. More than 450 members of the Northern Virginia technology community were in attendance to celebrate the nominated companies poolside at the home of NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg with special guest Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. During the event, Gov. McAuliffe discussed his collaboration with NVTC, key advances in Virginia’s economic development, and his commitment to entrepreneurs and businesses.

The awards program was emceed by Mark Anderson of Smoking Hot Sponsor” BDO and Katherine Ferguson of “Smoking Hot Sponsor” Cooley. The judges for the 2015 Hot Ticket Awards included Jonathan Aberman of Amplifier Ventures, Joe Greeves of Cordia Partners, Steve Graubart of 1776, Ron Kaiser, Nick Lantuh, Jim Russo of Potomac Consultants, and April Young of Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

Nominations were collected for five categories: Hottest Bootstrap, Hottest Company Culture, Hottest Friend of the Entrepreneur, Hottest Startup, and Hottest Venture Capital Deal. In addition, the judges selected Booz Allen Hamilton as the winner of the 2015 Hall of Fame Award. The finalists and winners in each category are as follows:

Hottest Bootstrap:

  •     Avizia **WINNER**
  •     Benel Solutions
  •     Mindcubed

Hottest Company Culture (sponsored by the Wells Fargo):

  •     Invincea, Inc.
  •     Perfect Sense
  •     Power Supply
  •     Social Tables **WINNER**
  •     The Ambit Group
  •     WeddingWire **WINNER**

Hottest Friend of the Entrepreneur:

  •     Chris Hoyt, APX Labs
  •     Dan Mindus, NextGen Angels **WINNER**
  •     Michelle Perry, MPB Strategies

Hottest Startup (sponsored by Wells Fargo):

  •     FiscalNote
  •     LiveSafe
  •     root9B
  •     TrackMaven **WINNER**
  •     Urgent.ly

Hottest Venture Capital Deal:

  •     Lookingglass Cyber Solutions
  •     Optoro **WINNER**
  •     ScienceLogic
  •     Zoomdata

Hall of Fame Award:
Booz Allen Hamilton **WINNER**

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia. As the largest technology council in the nation, NVTC serves about 1,000 companies from all sectors of the technology industry, as well as service providers, universities, foreign embassies, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. Through its member companies, NVTC represents about 300,000 employees in the region. NVTC is recognized as the nation's leader in providing its technology community with networking and educational events; specialized services and benefits; public policy advocacy; branding of its region as a major global technology center; initiatives in targeted business sectors and in the international, entrepreneurship, workforce and education arenas; the NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that supports the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative and other priorities within Virginia's technology community; the Equal Footing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that serves local area youth; and The Entrepreneur Center @NVTC, which mentors new technology entrepreneurs. Visit NVTC at http://www.nvtc.org.

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