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The 2010 MITSloan CIO Symposium
The Innovation Showcase Finalists:

Highlighting Early-Stage Companies at the Forefront of Technology


We proudly announce the finalists for the inaugural MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Innovation Showcase.


The Innovation Showcase, sponsored by SunGard Availability and Intuit, highlights ten outstanding early-stage companies that provide cutting-edge technology and offer new levels of value and advancement to Enterprise IT. “MIT is all about innovation and leadership, and we developed the Innovation Showcase to highlight companies that embody these traits,” said David L. Verill, Executive Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and the Co-chair of the Innovation Showcase. “The Symposium provides these early-stage companies with a platform to demonstrate their new thinking and approaches to vital challenges facing CIOs in today’s changing economy.”


After several rounds of review, the Innovation Showcase Judges, consisting of MIT faculty, entrepreneurs, and early-stage investors, chose these ten companies because they:


  • Are currently selling enterprise IT solutions to CIOs today.

  • Have solutions that were deemed innovative and unique.

  • Offer products or services that clearly have potential to help CIOs

    drive top line growth and bottom line results, which is in line with the 2010 CIO Symposium’s theme.

  • Are start-ups with less than $10 million in 2009 revenues.


The 10 finalists are:

    • Abaca Technology Corporation from San Jose, CA
      Abaca, an innovator in email protection and messaging security, provides the world's most effective spam filter.
    • Buzzient from Cambridge, MA
      Buzzient makes social media actionable for global enterprises by providing a next-generation solution for analytics and integration of this valuable content with enterprise applications.
      • CloudShare from Menlo Park, CA and Tel Aviv
        CloudShare is a quick and easy way to share copies of complex IT environments, online, so users can collaborate with customers, partners, and colleagues – for demos, proofs-of-concept, training, or other enterprise applications.
      • CloudSwitch from Burlington, MA
        CloudSwitch helps users migrate existing enterprise applications to the cloud simply and securely, without re-architecting the application or changing your management tools.
                effiScience delivers breakthrough ROI by using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to optimize business performance and returns.
        • Okta from San Francisco, CA.
          Okta provides a Cloud platform for managing applications. Okta transforms siloed cloud applications into a secure and manageable Cloud Area Network.
        • OpenSpan from Alpharetta, GA.
          OpenSpan’s products enhance personal workflow management and the end user experience by enabling all the applications required for daily tasks to work together seamlessly.
        • Yammer from San Francisco, CA.
                Yammer is a suite of applications for Enterprise Micro-blogging, Collaboration, and Real-time Communications.

        The Innovation Showcase will take place between 6:15pm to 7:30pm during the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at MIT Kresge Auditorium , in Cambridge, MA. The full agenda is available

        Join your peers in shaping the future. Be a part of the MITSloan CIO Symposium, May 19, 2010. Register now at

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