PricewaterhouseCoopers and Entretech Announce Finalists for 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Awards 2008

Awards Celebrate Entrepreneurial Business Achievements of Innovative Technology Companies in Greater Los Angeles

PASADENA, Calif.--()--Entretech (www.entretech.org), the leading non-profit association supporting high tech companies in Greater Los Angeles with critical and practical business development resources and connections, announced nine finalists for its 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Awards 2008. Offered together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com), the world's largest professional services organization, the awards celebrate the entrepreneurial vigor and business achievements of technology companies based in Los Angeles.

The Awards Program honors leading-edge companies in three categories based on annual revenue. The categories include: Startup Under $1 million; Emerging Between $1 million and $8 million; and Growth Over $8 million.

The 2008 finalists in the Startup category include: Calando Pharmaceuticals, Inc., EdgeCast Networks, Inc. and the Rubicon Project. Emerging category finalists include: Central Desktop, Nami Media and Zag; and Growth category finalists include: eHarmony, Green Dot Corporation and Vantage Media, LLC. The finalists will be honored at Entretechs Hot Companies Breakfast on January 31, at the Regency Club, Los Angeles, where they will have the opportunity to reveal their strategies and visions for building strong technology-based companies in Los Angeles. One winner from each category will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Awards dinner celebration March 6. Both events are open to the business community.

The finalists exemplify successful young companies that have achieved significant product and market milestones as represented by either customer commitment or early revenues, said Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director of Entretech. They represent a group of emerging technology leaders. She continued, The award also acknowledges the growing importance of advanced tech within Los Angeles, and its contribution to the economic wealth of the overall region.

Previous Entrepreneurship Awards winners include: LegalZoom (2007 - Growth category), Snap.com (2007- Emerging category), Prolacta Bioscience (2007- Startup category), NextAce Corporation (2006), Guidance Software (2004) and Evolution Robotics (2003), all of which have gone on to celebrate continued success, win esteemed industry awards and even accomplish a successful IPO (Guidance Software, 12/06).

For more information on attending or sponsoring the Hot Companies Networking Breakfast, or the Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner, please visit www.entretech.org or contact Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director of Entretech, at (626) 356-9933 or scy@entretech.org.

About the Finalists

About Entretech

Entretech is the leading non-profit association supporting high tech companies in Greater Los Angeles with critical and practical business development resources and connections. Entretech empowers entrepreneurs to build new businesses through capital, education, people, and strategic partners. Through a dedicated relationship with the California Institute of Technology, UCLA and USC, Entretech provides opportunities to new technology companies forming tomorrows high tech industry.

Contacts

Entretech:
Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director, 626-356-9933
scy@entretech.org
or
Media Contact:
Jamie Brown, 626-791-5755
Jamie@brownpr.com

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Contacts

Entretech:
Stephanie Yanchinski, Executive Director, 626-356-9933
scy@entretech.org
or
Media Contact:
Jamie Brown, 626-791-5755
Jamie@brownpr.com