NVTC names hot ticket award winners

It wasn’t just temperatures in the 90s that had the D.C. Metro area sweating Tuesday – the Northern Virginia Technology Council also announced the winners of its “Hot Ticket” awards.

During a party at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, NVTC announced awards for seven different categories.

Of four nominees, Infosys Public Services, Inc. won the hottest government contractor award. Infosys works to help its health care and public sector clients derive value from their investments, according to the company’s website.


Cyber Squared Inc. took home the hottest bootstrap award – given to the company that “demonstrated its ability to achieve the most with the least,” according to NVTC’s website. The Arlington-based company stops sophisticated cyber threats with its product ThreatConnect.

The hottest company culture award went to iCore Networks – a cloud and communications provider.

Mandiant snagged the hottest exit award, honored for its acquisition earlier this year by FireEye, a West Coast security software provider. Mandiant focuses on notifying companies if they have been breached by a cyber attack and quantifying the impact of the breach for that company.

Busy with launching pet project TandemNSI, Jonathan Aberman, the managing director and chairman of Amplifier Ventures, was named the hottest friend of the entrepreneur. A venture capital firm investing in emerging technology companies in the D.C. metro area, Amplifier works to incubate startups focusing on the federal market.

And for the startups in the room, the hottest startup of the year went to Kit Check, a hospital pharmacy kit software provider, while the hottest venture capital deal went to Optoro, an emerging D.C. startup that received a $23.5 million Series B investment last July.  


Those in attendance could participate in a field goal kicking competition and received a tour of Redskins Park – the training facility for the Washington Redskins’ training camp.  

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