Data Center World Unveils the Inaugural Data Center Startup Challenge Finalists | Business


Data Center World, the leading global conference for data center, facilities and IT infrastructure, today unveils the inaugural Data Center Startup Challenge finalists. The contest pits data center technology startups against each other, and judges will determine the companies with the best opportunity for success. Data Center World is AFCOM’s annual global gathering and will take place August 16-19, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. Register to attend here.

Tara Gibb, Senior Director, Data Center World said, “The companies selected to participate have been developing and/or selling a technology solution that directly impacts the data center or data center professionals. They represent the ongoing innovation in the data center marketplace. We wish them the best of luck when they compete on-site at Data Center World next month.”

The inaugural Data Center Startup Challenge finalists include:

  • Chekhub: Offers an operations software management platform
  • Folio Photonics: Reinvents archival storage with modern optical storage technology
  • Hydromx: Supports energy saving heat transfer fluid for data centers and more
  • Layer9 Datacenters: Provides a turnkey compute, storage and network platform
  • Metify: Offers an on-premise bare metal as a service platform for edges, cores and datacenters
  • Blue Mamba: Supports the data center industry’s only patented self-expanding gap sealer

The contest will take place live on stage at Data Center World on Wednesday, August 18 at 3:30 p.m. The finalists will present a ten minute “elevator pitch” and answer questions from the judges.

The inaugural Data Center Startup Challenge is judged by a panel of industry thought leaders from the market research, editorial, and investment communities, including:

  • Jane Hsieh, Senior Director of Sales, Aligned
  • Moises Levy, PhD, Principal Analyst, Omdia
  • Bill Morelli, Chief Research Officer, Omdia

Winners will be chosen by the panel based on their presentations on stage, and presentations will be judged on Most Disruptive Technology; Best Chance for Market Success; Best Ability to Gain Additional Capital; and Most Influential Founding Team.

For additional information on the Data Center Startup Challenge, click here.

Click here to register to attend Data Center World 2021.

Media interested in attending Data Center World, email Meryl Franzman at [email protected].

For additional information on exhibition or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Leahy at [email protected].

Data Center World is taking steps to ensure attendee, exhibitor and partner safety. Data Center World will adapt parent company Informa’s AllSecure Plan at the event. AllSecure is Informa’s approach to ensuring the highest standards of safety, hygiene, cleanliness and operational effectiveness for all exhibitors, attendees, speakers and press. Learn more about Data Center World’s health and safety plan here.

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About Data Center World

Data Center World is the global conference for data center, facilities, and IT professionals. It offers premier education, abundant networking, and the broadest access to best-in-class vendors. Designed to help data center and IT infrastructure professionals with challenging issues, Data Center World presents top quality knowledge without bias towards a specific vendor product or service. Data Center World will be held August 16-19, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Data Center World is brought to you by Informa Tech.


AFCOM advances data center and IT infrastructure professionals by delivering comprehensive and vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members around the world. Through forward-looking research, AFCOM supports thousands of IT, operations, facilities, builders/designers and vendors working in the data center and IT infrastructure industry. In serving the data center industry for more than 40 years, AFCOM has earned recognition as the market leader in educating, connecting and guiding the data center community.

About Informa Tech

Informa Tech is a market leading provider of integrated research, media, training and events to the global Technology community. We’re an international business of more than 600 colleagues, operating in more than 20 markets. Our aim is to inspire the Technology community to design, build and run a better digital world through research, media, training and event brands that inform, educate and connect. Over 7,000 professionals subscribe to our research, with 225,000 delegates attending our events and over 18,000 students participating in our training programs each year, and nearly 4 million people visiting our digital communities each month. Learn more about Informa Tech.

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