Startup Innovation Recognition: Service Provider Forum’s 7th Annual SPIFFY Awards @ TC3

Author: Telecom Council Staff

2014 SPIFFY Award Nominees AnnouncedThe Council review over 500 startups a year.  Of those, around 200 early-stage companies are identified as promising telecom companies, and are invited to present at a Telecom Council meeting. From among these, some young companies stand out for their innovation, market opportunity or quantifiable interest among the Council’s 25+ global Service Providers including AT&T, British Telecom, DOCOMO, France Telecom/Orange, Swisscom, Verizon, Vodafone and many other fixed and wireless carriers from Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

At the SPIFFYs, we recognize, the best of the best. 

Learn more about the SPIFFY Awards, including our impressive list of alumni winners (who went on to make an impact on the industry) at


And the 2014 SPIFFY Nominees are…


The Edison Award for Most Innovative Start-Up

Some ideas are so unusual they surprise you, but it’s a small minority of these that are also likely to succeed. With this award, we recognize the startup that brings the most innovative ideas, but also the ability to successfully bring that idea to market.

AirHop Communications (press release)
Kumu Networks

The Ground Breaker Award for Engineering Excellence

This award is offered to the company that has produced the most impressive technological advancements. These are the firms who have invested in R&D, and have turned the gears of progress through sweat, tenacity, and a Costco account for Jolt and Mountain Dew.

Interactions Corporation
Kumu Networks
Shared Spectrum Company

The Graham Bell Award for Best Communication Solutions

Telecom is really about helping people communicate, historically that has meant connecting one with another, but now can mean connecting many with many, or connecting people to machines. This award recognizes the company that advanced the noble cause of improving telecommunications.

AOptix Technologies
Eden Rock Communications
Sensor Platforms
Tarana Wireless
Thuuz Sports

The San Andreas Award for Most Disruptive Technology

This award is for the most game-changing startup to present to the Telecom Council. It is offered to the company whose progress is most likely to disrupt markets and change the way people do things.

iSonea Limited
Kimera Systems
StreetLight Data

The Core Award for Best Fixed Telecom Opportunity

This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year.


The Zephyr Award for Best Mobile Opportunity

This award recognizes the best investment opportunity within the mobile telecom sector that we’ve seen at the SPIF Meeting in the past year. (press release)
SpiderCloud Wireless
Tesselation Video
Vasona Networks

The Prodigy Award for the Most Successful SPiF Alumni

This award is given to the pre-2013 SPIF presenting company that went on to achieve the most notable growth, market success or exit.

Matrixx Software
Mavenir Systems

The Fred & Ginger Award for Most Supportive Carrier – for the active role of their Silicon Valley-based team in supporting telecom entrepreneurs.

This award allows the SPIF startup companies to choose which SPIF carrier was overall the most responsive and supportive to the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community.

U.S. Cellular

The Yellow Brick Award for Supportive Vendor

While the Yellow Brick Road is known as the path to success, the entrepreneur community knows the journey is more valuable than the destination. Chosen by our telco and startups, this award goes to a large company who actively supports young companies on their path to market.

Ericsson Silicon Valley
Qualcomm Research Silicon Valley

Sand Hill Award for Engaged Investor

This award is a classic address for venture capital and is known as a source of funding and partnership that leads to startup success, attracting entrepreneurs from around the world. Chosen by over 100 telecom and mobile startups each year, our Sand Hill Award goes the VC who is adding the most value beyond money.

Accel Partners
Intel Capital
Intellect Partners
Nokia Growth Partners (press release)
Sequoia Capital




Telecom Council 2013 SPIFFY Nominee Press Release

Telecom Council 2013 SPIFFY Winners Press Release

2013 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2013 Winners’ Press Releases:
Candi Controls  Edison Award – SIGFOX
Cenoplex Ground Breaker Award – Jibe Mobile Graham Bell Award – Range Networks
Devicescape San Andreas Award – SmartThings
GigSky Core Award – 2600hz
Jibe Mobile Zephyr Award – Quixey
Pervasive Group Prodigy Award – Violin Memory
Sentilla Fred & Ginger Award – Orange
Whitenoise Labs

Telecom Council 2012 SPIFFY Nominee Press Release

Telecom Council 2012 SPIFFY Winners Press Release

2012 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2012 Winners’ Press Releases:
Acudora Bridgewave
BLiNQ Networks Expertmaker
Cloudscaling Cloudscaling
Expertmaker Devicescape
FeedHenry Ruckus Wireless
Pie Digital
Spectrum Bridge

Telecom Council 2011 SPIFFY Nominee Press Release

Telecom Council 2011 SPIFFY Winners Press Release

2011 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2011 Winners’ Press Releases:
AirHop Communications Aegis Mobility
Cloudmark AirHop Communications
CommuniGate Lithium Technologies
Cortina Systems Violin Memory
Lithium Technologies
Violin Memory

2010 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2010 Winners’ Press Releases:
Gogobeans Cooliris
Lithium Edgewater Networks
MicroPower Technologies Funambol
Mingleverse Gogobeans
Mocana Lithium
Modibia MicroPower Technologies

2009 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2009 Winners’ Press Releases:
Avot Media Amika Mobile
Obopay Morpho

2008 Nominees’ Press Releases: 2008 Winners’ Press Releases:
GeoVector Jajah
Jabber Ruckus Wireless

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