SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire -03/15/12)- The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) (http://www.washingtontechnology.org), one of North America's largest statewide associations of technology companies, announced the winners of its 17th annual Industry Achievement Awards (IAA) event this evening in Seattle. The IAA recognizes the accomplishments of the best and brightest individuals and companies in the Washington state technology industry.
"The selection process was incredibly difficult, as the finalists represented a deep field of talented technologists, entrepreneurs and great companies. We congratulate them all," said Susan Sigl, CEO of the WTIA. "Our great state continues to be a hotbed of innovation where those who are passionate about technology are building amazing companies, products and services."
The 2012 winners, as determined by a panel of local industry experts, were:
Technology Accelerator of the Year: Founders Co-op
Founders Co-op is a seed-stage investment fund based in Seattle that focuses on web and mobile opportunities.
Best Seed Stage Company of the Year: Zipline Games - Moai game development platform
Zipline Games is the Seattle-based creator of the Moai mobile game development platform and the hit mobile game, Wolf Toss.
Best Early Stage Company of the Year: BigDoor - Loyalty Economy
BigDoor's gamified loyalty platform aims to help companies increase traffic and revenue through social rewards.
Commercial Product or Service of the Year (tie)
SEOmoz, Inc. - SEOmoz PRO
SEOmoz develops SEO software, provides an API for third-party applications, maintains a comprehensive collection of SEO and online marketing resources, and hosts a vibrant SEO community.
Skytap - Skytap Cloud
Skytap is a public cloud service provider that complements private datacenters by providing a way to create complex computing environments in the cloud for dev / test, sales demos, POCs, IT training and more.
Consumer Product or Service of the Year: DocuSign - DocuSign Ink
DocuSign is a global standard for electronic signature, offering a global network for sending, signing, tracking and storing documents in the cloud.
CEO of the Year: Steve Singh - Concur
Concur is a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions for companies of all sizes. Concur's easy-to-use Web-based and mobile solutions help companies and their employees control costs and save time.
Technology Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship: Gizan Gando, Grade 7 - "Get Rich"
For more information about the Industry Achievement Awards, including judges and a full list of finalists, visit http://www.washingtontechnology.org/IAA.
About the Washington Technology Industry Association
The Washington Technology Industry Association, founded in 1984, is one of the largest statewide associations of technology companies, IT departments and individual technology professionals in North America. With more than 800 members representing more than 100,000 employees in Washington state, the association is a catalyst for sharing expertise, fostering collaboration, delivering key business services and advancing the value and global impact of technology companies doing business in Washington. The association's global and funding partners are Aditi, AH&T, Davis Wright Tremaine, F5 Networks, HTC, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Regence BlueShield, Verizon, Vertafore and Wells Fargo Insurance Services. For more information, go to http://www.washingtontechnology.org.
Sterling Communications for WTIA