Hot Ticket Awards

The Hottest Ticket In Town!

Please join us in nominating the hottest tickets in our region! The NVTC Hot Ticket Awards celebrate the efforts of entrepreneurial companies in our tech community who have exhibited that special something that makes them 'Hot Tickets' – great vision, the ability to implement and deliver, innovative management approach or star-quality charisma!

The Hot Ticket Awards is an energy-packed party, not a sit-down awards banquet with long, drawn-out speeches. So, brace yourself for lots of fun and great poolside networking at the home of NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg! Held on June 26, this event will definitely be the hottest ticket in town!

Award Categories:

Hottest Bootstrap

Which company demonstrated its ability to achieve the "most" with the "least"? We're looking for entrepreneurs who operate from the mindset that all resources are scarce and that "cash is king." If you've done more with less and achieved great results from January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, nominate your company and show the region! This category includes any company that has not received first-stage institutional funding.

Hottest Buzz

Who's "all the rage" these days? The Hottest Buzz award will go to the company that receives the best media coverage via traditional media and social media/social networking platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and spotlights in social publications. The hottest company will have the hottest PR/communication image. Time period to be judged is January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.

Hottest Company Culture

Does your company give back to the community or have happy hours on Fridays? We want to know why your company has the best culture and keeps the top talent. Time period to be judged is January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.

Hottest Emerging Government Contractor

Selling to the government? This award goes to a young company that develops innovative, technology-based solutions to help the government in its quest for change. To qualify, the government contractor must have less than $50 million in revenue with a percentage of its business coming from government contracts. The judging period is from January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.

Hottest Exit

Mergers, acquisitions, strategic combinations and IPOs – one of the hottest financial strategies during January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012, was growth or exit through M&A or IPO. If your technology company was acquired by another company last year or went public, we're looking for you!

Hottest Management Team

The hottest management team isn't necessarily a group of people with impressive bios, but teams that have a sound business strategy and approach. They work well together to complement one another and have the greatest potential to carry out their company's core mission. To qualify, management team needs to be in place sometime during January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.

Hottest Startup

Who has been in business five years or less and is achieving results without the support of institutional investors? If that describes your company, this is the right category for you! The Hottest Startup company will have the best story and results during the time period of January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.

Hottest Venture Capital Deal

These VC-backed companies offer the most all-around potential for return on investment – a strong management team, great buzz and a winning product or service to boot! To qualify, nominees must have received funding within January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012. The deals must have closed by April 30, 2012, to qualify.

Nomination Submissions:

You may submit as many nominations as you would like and you may also nominate yourself or your company. Nominees must be companies or individuals who operate or work in the Metropolitan D.C. area. Nominations will close on May 4, 2012.

Nominations are closed.

Smoking Hot Sponsors: Argy, Wiltse & Robinson P.C.; Cooley LLP
Hottest Bootstrap Sponsor: JP Morgan Chase
Hottest Buzz Sponsor: Welz & Weisel Communications
Hottest Company Culture Sponsor: Invertix Corporation
Hottest Emerging Government Contractor Sponsor: Transformation Systems Inc.
Hottest Exit Sponsor: BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor Group
Hottest Management Team Sponsor: AH&T Insurance
Hottest Startup Sponsor: Virtacore
Hottest Venture Capital Deal Sponsor: NetLink Resource Group
Steaming Hot Sponsors: Comcast Business Class; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; HP; Principal Financial Group; United Bank; UnitedHealthcare of the Mid Atlantic; VA Department of Business Assistance
Media Partners: 1105 Government Information Group; SmartCEO