TMCnet Feature
January 24, 2012

Four Early-Stage Companies Selected to Pitch at StartupCamp5 in Miami

Industry legend, Mitel (News - Alert) founder Sir Terry Matthews kicks off with Keynote Presentation

Norwalk, CT, January 24, 2012 – Four early-stage companies have been selected for coveted presentation slots at next week’s StartupCamp5: Comm Edition, collocated with ITEXPO (News - Alert) East, taking place January 31-February 3, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, in Miami, Florida. StartupCamp5 is produced by Embrase Business Consulting, in partnership with TMC, a leading global media company.

The fifth edition of StartupCamp Comms is a fast-paced, “ready, set, pitch“ event that gives early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their communications innovations to an audience of industry leaders, media and investors. A panel of experts, including PhoneTag founder Jamie Siminoff and Cbeyond co-founder Brooks Robinson, along with the live audience will actively provide feedback, and help choose a winner for the night.

The selected companies range widely in the problems their solving and this year, even in the countries in which they were founded:

  • Townhall 140 was founded with the singular goal of harnessing technology to promote civic engagement. Launched out of the Harvard Innovation Lab in November 2011, the Townhall 140 virtual platform integrates video technology with real-time voting to bring constituents face-to-face with political influencers on the issues that matter.
  • CallTrunk sees the spoken word as the “left-behind” in the march of technology. While searchable records of written conversations are standard, talking – our most natural form of communicating albeit one that allows room for error, uncertainty and dispute – has fallen between the cracks. Based in London, CallTrunk’s mission is to make the spoken word accountable and verifiable, capturing spoken conversations by automatically recording phone calls, securely storing them on the web and openly integrating with leading productivity applications.
  • Vernoa, based in Israel, believes that the Internet is no longer a luxury – it’s a necessity. Therefore, it should be compared to usage base utility services such as electricity, gas and water. Yet unlike other utilities, the demand for capacity will always exceed availability, making it a must for service providers to manage user expectation and their networks. Vernoa will provide the only service to offer smart-meter like functionality for telecommunications carriers.
  • revolutionizes legal enterprise software by fully integrating the next generation of front and back-office software, in the cloud, through an online business-networking platform. allows legal professionals to communicate and share documents seamlessly and securely and to more efficiently manage billable time-keeping, bank accounts, and client invoices.

StartupCamp kicks off with an open reception cocktail hour at 4 pm, followed by a keynote presentation by Terry Matthews (News - Alert). Matthews, is the founder and chairman of Wesley Clover, an investment vehicle and holding company. He has either founded or funded over 80 companies since 1972, including Newbridge Networks, which became a leader in the worldwide data networking industry. In 1972, before launching Newbridge, Matthews co-founded Mitel, a world leader in the design and manufacture of enterprise communications solutions.

StartupCamp5 is supported by returning sponsors TokBox, Twilio and Shango.  First-time sponsors this year include Momentum Telecom, and – as this year’s Platinum sponsor – Cbeyond.

StartupCamp co-founder Larry Lisser said that as always, a wide crop of entrepreneurs pitched their visions in trying to secure one of the presentation slots. “While I never enjoy having to say no to any of the companies bidding for a spot, it always a thrill to see just how many entrepreneurs is building communications-oriented startups. Not only here in the US, but across the world,” he added.

Registration for ITEXPO is now open; your ITEXPO Registration allows you access into StartupCamp. If you are interested in sponsoring StartupCamp, contact TMC’s Joe Fabiano at 203-852-6800 x132. Media inquiries should be directed to Todd Keefe at For Immediate Release PR. 

EMBRASE is a boutique consulting firm that provides positioning, corporate development and go-to-market services to companies in communications sector. With its extensive expertise and knowledge in emerging communication and telephony markets, Embrase has assisted a cross-section of communications solution and service providers in closing funding, entering new markets and growing revenues.

Embrase Contact
Larry Lisser (News - Alert)
Embrase Business Consulting415-710-5947

About TMC
TMC is a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person, and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, NGN and InfoTECH Spotlight magazines. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s leading B2B communications event., which is read by two million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. 

In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events: 4G Wireless Evolution; Smart Grid Summit; M2M Evolution; Cloud Communications Expo; SIP Tutorial; VIPeering; Business Video Expo; Regulatory 2.0 Workshop, HTML5 Summit—A DevCon5 Event; CVx; Asterisk World; StartupCamp; MSPAlliance MSPWorld and more.  Visit TMC Events for a complete listing and further information.

TMC Contact
For Immediate Release PR
Todd Keefe (News - Alert)
617-262-1968 x 101

Edited by Jennifer Russell
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