Optigo Networks named BC’s Most Promising Startup by the BCTIA

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Optigo recognized among best and brightest emerging companies in BC’s tech industry

Vancouver (June 9, 2015) – Optigo Networks was recognized as one of the best and brightest emerging companies in BC’s tech industry, as it took home the Most Promising Startup Award at the 22nd annual BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Technology Impact Awards (TIAs) last week. Optigo was honoured alongside Sierra Wireless (Company of the Year) and BuildDirect’s Jeff Booth, (Person of the Year).

Optigo CEO Pook-Ping Yao collected the coveted award from Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Service at BC’s largest celebration of tech with over 1,000 people across BC’s technology and business community in attendance. “Congratulations to Optigo Networks for taking home the award for Most Promising Startup,” said Minister Virk. “You are a leading example of a made-in-B.C. success story, and I look forward to supporting your future ventures.”

The TIAs honour excellence across BC’s technology industry by celebrating the success of top companies, people and innovation in the province. The Most Promising Startup award acknowledges an early-stage technology company that is generating revenue, and which demonstrates significant potential, creativity and promise for the future.

“Optigo is humbled to be recognized on the same stage with companies like Sierra Wireless and BuildDirect who are pillars in our vibrant and growing tech community”, said Yao. “I’d like to share this honour with those who have been instrumental in helping us succeed, including our Board and our investors. We also wouldn’t be where we are today without programs and initiatives like the Venture Acceleration Program out of VentureLabs and the support of the BCTIA.”

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VentureLabs Executive Director Ian Hand celebrates with Optigo Networks co-founders: VP Product Management Dan Ronald, CEO Pook-Ping Yao and General Counsel Byron Thom.

With the rise of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT), Optigo is redefining how smart buildings are connected. Optigo provides a complete solution to protect, connect and manage today’s most advanced buildings. Layered on top of a robust networking platform, Optigo’s integrated analytics and security engine ensures the building systems are protected and operate trouble-free. By addressing cybersecurity threats in the building network, Optigo also allows the IoT to expand securely, enabling the technologies that make buildings energy efficient, comfortable and secure. Optigo Networks has made big strides over the last seven months within the technology sector in North America. To name a few:

  •  For the 2nd year in a row, Optigo was named to the 2015 ICT Emerging Rockets List by Rocket Builders. The 13th annual Ready to Rocket lists include BC based companies on the trajectory to experience significant growth, venture capital investment or acquisition by a major player in the coming year.
  •  In April 2015, Optigo Integrity™ made its debut and the company took home the New Product Showcase Award at the 2015 International Security Conference (ISC West) in Las Vegas. Optigo  Integrity™ is a network analytics engine used to identify threats and anomalies within the building system.
  •  In November 2014, Optigo finished in the top three at the Cascadia Summit – an event showcasing the most promising startups from Western Canada and the US to an audience over 500 investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, media and more.

  Optigo Networks currently has projects across Canada and the United States. It is currently working on some of the largest and unique building projects in the world.

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Media Contact:
Byron Thom
General Counsel / VP Systems
byron@optigo.net
T: 778.373.0912
M: 604.338.2676

About Optigo Networks: Optigo Networks is shaping the future of the commercial Internet of Things (IoT) by redefining how smart buildings are connected. By addressing cybersecurity threats in the building network, Optigo allows the IoT to expand securely, enabling the technologies that make buildings energy efficient, comfortable and secure. Optigo Networks provides a complete solution to protect, connect and manage today’s most advanced buildings. Layered on top of a robust networking platform, Optigo’s integrated analytics and security engine ensures that building systems are protected and operate trouble-free, separate from the traditional IT system.

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