Friday, October 9th, 2009
Sunnyvale , CA:  Tradeslot was named the "Hottest Company" last night at the conclusion of the 2009 ANZA Gateway to the US Summit at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pitching alongside nine other Australian-founded companies taking part in an intensive three-day immersion in Silicon Valley, Tradeslot, from Melbourne, Victoria captured the Guy Manson Award for its real-time combinatorial auction platform that dramatically improves the efficiency and profitability of B2B transactions for both buyers and sellers. The award is given to the Australian or New Zealand company deemed "most ready" to do business in the US marketplace.

"Tradeslot was the clear winner among our judging panel," said Viki Forrest, ANZA CEO. "The companies were rated on market opportunity, their solution to an existing problem or market need and their readiness to do business in the US. This company is ready to be here."

The Guy Manson Award includes a 25 percent discount to the ANZA Fast Track to the US program. The mentoring program works with Australian and New Zealand entrepreneurs to significantly accelerate their company's expansion into the US market.

Tradeslot CEO Jesco d’Alquen accepted the award from ANZA and Starfish Ventures. Starfish Ventures investment principal John Dyson took part in a Q&A judging panel session during the pitches along with Eliane Fiolet of Ubergizmo and Simon Anderson of

"When you have a start-up there are as many reasons to believe as there are doubts," said d’Alquen. "The Guy Manson Award definitely helps me know that I am on the right path."

This year’s line-up of Gateway companies was particularly impressive in that it represented innovation at every level: technology, business models and customer acquisition.

Other presenting companies included: Earth Utility, iPOWOW!, myCaRMS, myownpad, Software Shortlist and Spinergy. Company bios are available at:

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For more information:

Jesco d’Alquen, CEO: [email protected]
ANZA Technology Network:
Viki Forrest, CEO: [email protected]

Photo available: Caption: The winner of the Guy Manson Award for Hottest Company at ANZA Gateway to US, Tradeslot. From left to right: John Dyson, Starfish Ventures; Jesco d'Alquen, CEO Tradeslot, Mark B. Johnson, Tradeslot' s Gateway coach and Viki Forrest, CEO ANZA. Courtesy of KazzaDrask Media.

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Victorian-based B2B auction technology company Tradeslot has taken top honours at Silicon Valley Summit.


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