Dow Jones VentureWire Searches For The Most Innovative Tech Start-Ups

June 24, 2011

Dow Jones VentureWire has launched a Twitter contest to identify the 50 most innovative venture-backed companies ahead of the upcoming conference, VentureWire FASTech. The awards are specifically for US-based companies, but we’re hoping VentureWire will open it up next time to include global organisations as well.

If you work at an innovative, US-based, venture capital-backed mobile start-up, you can nominate your company to be included as one of “The FASTech 50” and VentureWire will present your nomination to their selection committee. Winners will be invited to present at the event.

In order to be considered, you must use Twitter to tweet this post along with your company name and the #FASTech50 hashtag:

I’m nominating [FILL IN COMPANY NAME] for “The FASTech 50 list of most innovative companies! http://on.wsj.com/lc42MJ #FASTech50

Feel free to encourage others to retweet your nomination. Tell VentureWire in subsequent tweets why you think your company is innovative. Make sure to include the hashtag, #FASTech50.

The criteria to be considered by the selection committee as one of VentureWire’s Most Innovative Technology Start-Ups:

  1. Companies must be U.S.-based and privately owned, with at least one venture capital firm as an investor.
  2. Companies must have a product or service on the market, launched no earlier than Jan. 1, 2009.
  3. The innovation should break from conventional methods, introduce novel technology, or markedly advance an existing product or service.

Nominations will be accepted until July 15. Emailed entries will not be considered.

VentureWire FASTech will be in Redwood City, CA on Nov. 8 and 9. In conjunction with the event, The Wall Street Journal will be holding the annual Technology Innovation Awards, where companies, individuals and nonprofit organizations throughout the world will be honored for their breakthroughs.


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