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Announcing the 2015 Hot Ticket Award Winners

On June 23, more than 450 members of the Northern Virginia technology community celebrated the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial technology companies at the 14th Annual NVTC Hot Ticket Awards. During the event, held poolside at the home of NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stressed his focus on job creation and discussed his collaboration with NVTC. He noted key advances in Virginia’s economic growth, including 400 development initiatives; his commitment to entrepreneurs and businesses; and his dedication to positioning Virginia as a cybersecurity hub. According to Gov. McAuliffe, his administration has created more than 32,000 jobs, the most of any Virginia Governor. After his address, McAuliffe helped give out the awards.

Hawaiian shirt competition.
Guests competed in the Annual Tropical Shirt Contest poolside at the NVTC Hot Ticket Awards on June 22, 2015 at the home of President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg.

The awards program was emceed by Mark Andersen 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.

Hot Ticket winners.
Winners of the 2015 NVTC Hot Ticket Awards stand with NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg (center front) and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (center rear) on June 22, 2015 at Kilberg’s home.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners!

Hottest Bootstrap

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

    Hottest Company Culture (sponsored by 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**

    Click here to see a full list and descriptions of finalists and winners.

    Click here to check out a full gallery of photos from the event.