Finalists announced for debut Cloud Innovation Prize

Date: Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:26

Finalists announced for debut Cloud Innovation Prize

Six incredible startups ready to enter the final round of the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 competition
  
OpenCloud Connect today announced six finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 competition, which recognizes top innovative startups in two categories, early-stage innovators and later-stage, pre-IPO companies.

The Clouded Leopards Den 2015 prize is sponsored by OpenCloud Connect (OCC), a global industry alliance founded in May 2013 to address the need for scaling and enhancing Ethernet technology to meet the stringent demands of delivering cloud services.
Previously known as the Cloud Ethernet Forum, the OCC is creating an open test and iterative standards development program for service providers, industry vendors and over-the-top cloud service providers and includes a dedicated proof of concept test laboratory based in Silicon Valley, to provide ongoing testing and support for the iterative development of OCC’s CloudE 1.0 open cloud framework.
The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 were chosen by a panel of five top venture capitalists, technology innovators and industry luminaries, chaired by “Top Cat” Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Metcalfe said, “The six finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den are inventing new technologies, products, and services by leveraging the ever evolving Internet. Congratulations! And good luck in the next phase of competition.”
Rounding out the judging panel are Jim Lussier, Managing Director and Head of Dell Venures; Janice Roberts, Partner in Benhamou Global Ventures; Dan Scheinman, an angel investor in high-growth emerging tech companies; and Murli Thirumale, Co-Founder and CTO of Portworx Inc.
Jim Lussier of Dell Ventures said, “The finalists for the Clouded Leopards Den 2015 demonstrate creativity, talent, vision and potential for tremendous growth. These early-stage and later-stage startups are to be commended for their hard work and success. As entrepreneurs, they are the future.”
The name “Clouded Leopard’s Den” is inspired by the elegant but threatened Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), a rare and beautiful big cat barely surviving in the Himalayan foothills. US$10 for each nomination will be donated to the Clouded Leopard Project, which works to save these endangered animals.
Nominations for the Clouded Leopards Den prize were open in early 2015, and a shortlist was chosen by a group of media and analyst judges. That shortlist was presented to the industry judging panel chaired by Dr. Metcalfe.
The final stage in the Clouded Leopards Den competition will occur at the NetEvents Global Cloud Innovation Summit which will be held at the Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, San Francisco on April 23. The finalists will present “Shark Tank” or “Dragon’s Den”-style elevator pitches to the judges on the merits of their startup, and one winner will be chosen from each category at the Global Summit.

The six startups are:

Early Stage Innovator
• TapLink
• Truedash Ltd.
• Innovate Create Ltd.

Later-Stage Pre-IPO Innovator
• Mirantis
• Viptela
• CENX

Above, Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet inventor and Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin

Image credited to NetEvents

 

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