Celebrate Tech awards innovation, technology

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The Celebrate Technology awards showcased the best in Colorado technology by giving 12 awards for innovation, emerging venture, venture capital, breakthrough technology and manufacturing.

The ceremony was held earlier this month at the Pikes Peak Center, and roughly 300 people turned out for the event.

IP Commerce of Denver won for Colorado innovation. The software company allows banks and service providers to deliver payment services seamlessly to any business. The software can be used for hosting payments networks, connecting services, devices and applications, and breaking down the traditional barriers between financial institutions, payment service providers and business.

The emerging venture award went to Celis Semiconductor of Colorado Springs. The business designs, produces and sells integrated circuit chips for radio frequency identification applications.

The group recognized Wolf Ventures of Denver as the venture capital builder for technology. The company provides equity capital for early stage technology companies in the Rocky Mountain region. The firm’s investment strategy emphasizes development and expansion-staged technology companies with business-to-business sales models.

The breakthrough technology award went to Next Action Corp. of Westminster. The company is a provider of cooperative data solutions for multi-channel retailers.

The group presented the technology manufacturing award to SpectraLink Industries. This award recognizes a company whose manufacturing has had a significant impact on the Colorado technology sector. Spectralink specializes in wireless telephony and delivers mobile voice and messaging applications to businesses worldwide.

The corporate citizenship award, which recognizes a company that has a record of being a “solid corporate citizen” in the technology sector, went to Ramtron Corp. Ramtron is a fabless semiconductor company that designs, develops and markets specialized semiconductor memory, microcontroller and integrated semiconductor solutions used in a wide range of product applications and worldwide markets.

The Richard Petriz Rising Star award recognizes a company that shows the greatest possibility for continued revenue growth. The award went to Simtek Corp., a fabless semiconductor company that supplies innovative memory. Simtek has developed nonvolatile memory technology that provides nonvolatile operation combined with unlimited reads and writes and can save data in the event of a power loss.

Entrepreneur of the Year went to the group who developed Intelligent Software Solutions. Jay Jesse, Lisa Jesse, Jesse Miller and Dennis Linn won the award. Jay Jesse said each partner brings a complementary role to the management team. The award recognizes achievement by an individual technology leader.

The biotechnology/biomedical award was presented to Aqueous Biomedical, a Colorado Springs company that discovered how cells respond to chemical interactions and physical forces caused by biomedical implants. Using this knowledge, the company is developing biocompatible materials that work with the body and can be used for shunts, artificial organs and drug delivery devices.

The homeland defense technology award was presented to Intelligent Software Solutions. The company has offices in Colorado Springs, Washington, D.C., and Hampton, Va. ISS provides data analysis solutions to the Department of Defense and other national intelligence organizations.

ValuSource announces acquisition

ValuSource LLC, a business valuation software company, has acquired KeyValueData, an online provider of privately-held business data and industry research.

KeyValueData provides data and research services to subscribers through numerous online databases and customized research reports compiled by its in-house research staff.

The company also offers access to databases and research, including nearly 9,000 privately-held business sale statistics, comprehensive financial statistics for more than 8,000 public companies, financial benchmarking data from more than 1 million companies and more than 500 industry reports which cover hundreds of industries.

The combined companies will be headquartered in Colorado Springs.

ValuSource develops a full line of products, including programs, databases and report writers that are fully integrated with Microsoft Excel and Word.

Horizons merges with InfoPros

Horizon Interactive, a provider of outsourcing services for technical documentation development and e-learning, is merging with InfoPros, an information solutions firm specializing in marketing and technical communications.

The merger marks another step in the company’s expansion In August 2005, Horizon acquired Portland-based Ace Communications and in January 2006 it acquired Advacon in Raleigh, N.C. Along with its offices in Colorado Springs, Portland, Ore.; Raleigh and Folsom, Calif., Horizon also has a presence in Milwaukee, Wis.

Established in 1995, InfoPros made the list of Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies three years in a row. The firm was also recognized by the industry with the Sacramento Small Business of the Year award.

InfoPros helps its customers analyze, organize, manage and communicate information.

Amy Gillentine covers technology for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.